Final Combating Championship (UFC) returns to the pay-per-view (PPV) market later TONIGHT (Sat., Sept. 10, 2022) to stage UFC 279 from inside T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining the occasion shall be a revamped Welterweight scrap between Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson after Khamzat Chimaev had a major scale fail. Within the new co-headlining act, Chimaev will now face Kevin Holland at 180 kilos.
How To Watch/Stream UFC 279
Begin Time (United States)
- ESPN+ PPV main card: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT begin on ESPN+ (order it here).
- “Prelims” undercard (late): 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT begin, streaming on-line through ESPN+ and simulcast on ESPNN.
- “Prelims” undercard (early): 6 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT begin, streaming on-line through ESPN+ and UFC Battle Cross.
After one other prolonged hiatus, Diaz will make his long-awaited return to motion in what might mark the ultimate time we get to see the Stockton slugger compete contained in the Octagon. That’s as a result of this would be the ultimate battle of his present take care of the WME-owned combined martial arts (MMA) group, and the possibilities of him re-upping with Dana White and Co. aren’t trying too good primarily based on the beef he’s had with the company for fairly a while now. However, if Diaz needs to exit on a profitable word, it received’t come straightforward as a result of he’s going through a hard-nosed foe in Ferguson, regardless of the quick discover nature of the bout and “El Cucuy’s” latest droop.
Diaz’s file contained in the Octagon is simply 15-11, so it doesn’t precisely scream “profitable.” That mentioned, the scrappy slugger has at all times been must-watch due to his brash, “I don’t give a f—k” perspective that has made him — and his older brother, Nick Diaz — fan favorites for the previous decade. Win or lose, Diaz brings it and leaves all of it within the cage. And that’s the rationale UFC has gone out of its approach to pay him the big bucks, although it’s protected to see he’s at all times needed extra. A pair of high-profile, big-money fights towards Conor McGregor solely helped Diaz’s recognition (and bank account) skyrocket, even when he’s simply 1-3 over his final 4 fights. However, information apart, his losses have executed little to harm his popularity as probably the most entertaining fighters within the cage and on the mic, which has added to his aura. He’s by no means held a world title — shedding to Ben Henderson is his lone title battle. Heck, he didn’t even win the made-up “BMF” title, a strap meaning completely nothing within the grand scheme of issues. However, that exact same “BMF” title is a tribute to the attain Diaz has as a result of the promotion just about made it up only for him after he known as out Jorge Masvidal. Diaz has at all times marched to the beat of his personal
bong drum and can proceed to take action. It’s what made him who he’s at this time.
And after yesterday’s catastrophic flip of occasions that noticed the promotion swap round three fights on 24 hour’s discover, together with pairing up Diaz with Ferguson as an alternative of “Borz,” the Stockton sluggers cred solely elevated. That’s proper, the person who’s fed up with all issues UFC did the promotion a stable by salvaging the cardboard and agreeing to the swap in opponents.
Did have an opportunity towards Chimaev? The odds said no, however the identical was mentioned when he stepped in to face McGregor at UFC 196, just for him to drag off an ideal upset and set the wheels in movement to one of the best rivalries the promotion has ever seen. Now, he shall be going through a person battle followers have been wanting him to go up towards for a while now. And for a lot of, this primary occasion is healthier than the unique. Ferguson has an opportunity to get again on monitor by sending Diaz out of UFC with a loss, all whereas getting a few of his personal mojo again. It’s an ideal battle between two long-time veterans who now get to lastly face off towards one another because of a string of occasions the likes of which we’ve by no means seen.
Chimaev’s inventory grew after he took the MMA world by storm on “Battle Island” after profitable two fights in dominant style within the span of 10 days. Whereas many individuals nonetheless doubted him even after his 17-second knockout win over Gerald Meerschaert, and his one-sided beatdown of Li Jingliang, Chimaev actually wowed the lots in his epic battle towards a former title contender, Gilbert Burns, defeating “Durinho” after 25 minutes of hard-fought motion. “Borz” had the prospect so as to add one other notch to his belt on his quest to battle for the title sooner, reasonably than later, by taking out Diaz, however now his street to the title has stalled because of his scale fail, even with a win over Kevin Holland.
This battle, whereas not the unique bout, will happen at a catchweight of 180 kilos and, once more, some are feeling this battle a bit extra as a result of Kevin Holland and Chimaev have built-in beef that boiled over through the pre-fight press conference that didn’t happen. Holland is beginning to discover his groove once more after profitable his earlier fights towards Alex Oliveira and Tim Means, each finishes. The mouthy-Welterweight now has the prospect to attain the most important win of his profession if he can derail the Smesh Categorical. For Chimaev, a dominant win over Holland will put him again within the good graces (even when just a bit bit) of the promotion and the followers after inflicting the occasion to bear an entire facelift.
Let’s maintain it actual, this card doesn’t precisely scream blockbuster. Positive, it options Diaz’s return, but it surely’s nearly as if UFC went out of its approach to make it as dreadful as doable for Nate’s potential ultimate bout contained in the Octagon, making it onerous for many to cough up the $80 wanted to look at this. However, if I’m being 100% trustworthy, the entire modifications added a bit extra intrigue to it.
Unique Card Vs. Precise Card:
After all, the information all throughout the MMA world was the cancelation of Chimaev vs. Diaz and the reshuffling of fights as Diaz will now face Ferguson and Chimaev takes on Kevin Holland, who was alleged to face Daniel Rodriguez. Moreover, Rodriguez will now tackle Li Jingliang, who was alleged to Ferguson.
Except for that mess, a Bantamweight title battle between present champion, Aljamain Sterling, and ex-title holder, T.J. Dillashaw, was in talks to happen on this card earlier than matchmakers determined it was finest to maneuver it to UFC 280. Hannah Cifers pulled out of her scheduled battle towards Melissa Martinez for undisclosed causes and was in the end changed by Elise Reed, who’s simply 1-2 contained in the Octagon.
Additionally, Jailton Almeida was set to face Shamil Abdurakhimov in Heavyweight motion earlier than Abdurakhimov was pressured out of the occasion because of visa points. UFC newcomer, Anton Turkalj, agreed to step in to take the battle on quick discover, and it’ll now happen at a Catchweight of 220 kilos.
No accidents had been reported for this occasion.
Melissa Martinez will make her UFC debut when she takes on Elise Reed in ladies’s Strawweight motion. Undefeated (7-0), Martinez is popping out of the Combate Americas promotion, the place she racked up six straight victories, 4 by means of knockout.
Turkalj will make his UFC debut to face Almeida in Middleweight motion. Undefeated (8-0), Turkalj received his battle on Contender Collection again in July through unanimous choice, ending his seven-fight end streak. He can have a tricky take a look at in Almeida, who’s on an 11-fight win streak and is ideal (2-0) contained in the Octagon.
In a uncommon battle within the ladies’s Featherweight division, Danyelle Wolf will make her UFC debut as she is about to face Norma Dumont. Wolf was profitable on Contender Collection nearly two years in the past, however nothing has been seen or heard from her since after an damage spoiled her potential UFC debut final yr. Now, the previous skilled boxer will look to make a splash in her UFC debut towards a veteran who had her three-fight win streak snapped by Macy Chiasson through break up choice.
How The Prelims Look:
Hakeem Dawodu has quietly received six of his final seven UFC fights, but “Imply” can’t appear to get the love he needs. He’ll try and get one other win underneath his belt when he faces Julian Erosa, who’s driving a two-fight win streak into the occasion. “Juicy J” is 5-1 over his final six fights, so he has loads of momentum going for him, as effectively.
Jamie Pickett’s run with UFC has been lower than stellar. After three fights on Contender Collection, Pickett lastly managed to get himself a UFC contract, however he has gone a dreadful 2-3 and is coming off a loss to Kyle Daukaus. He’ll face off towards Denis Tiuliulin, who’s ravenous for his first UFC win after throwing up a dud in his debut towards Aliaskhab Khizriev.
Within the Heavyweight division, Chris Barnett will face Jake Collier, who has been inconsistently constant throughout his time with the promotion. Since making his debut in 2014, he has alternated wins and losses to the tune of accumulating a 5-6 file. That merely received’t lower it if he needs to climb the Heavyweight mountain. He has an opportunity to drag even with a win over Barnett, who has rapidly turn into a fan favourite, regardless of being simply 1-2 in his first three fights with the promotion. Whereas battle followers love them some “Huggy Bear,” he wants to begin accumulating wins if he needs to hold across the Octagon for awhile.
Within the males’s Bantamweight division, Alateng Heili will battle Chad Anheilger. Heili is 3-1-1 contained in the Octagon whereas Anheileger is coming into the occasion scorching scorching with 10 straight wins. Additionally, Darian Weeks will face off towards Yohan Lainesse, who did not impress in his UFC debut, arising quick towards Gabriel Inexperienced earlier this yr. Weeks, in the meantime, is winless to date contained in the Octagon after dropping his first two fights towards Bryan Barberena and Ian Garry.
Who Wants A Win Badly:
Bear in mind when Ferguson was on that ridiculous 12-fight win streak that spanned six years and had individuals screaming on the prime of their lungs for “El Cucuy” to get a title shot? Yeah, it looks as if so way back. Sure, Ferguson did go on to win the interim Light-weight title, however went on to lose it to Justin Gaethje through brutal technical knockout at UFC 249. And so as to add salt to Ferguson’s wound, Gaethje went on to partake in a battle towards Khabib Nurmagomedov … a battle Ferguson has been chasing for years and had booked 5 occasions just for each single one to get scrapped. Ferguson’s loss to Gaethje began a downward spiral for the ex-champ, the primary lack of his present four-fight shedding skid. Ferguson was final seen getting put to sleep by Michael Chandler at UFC 274 (see it again here), and if he loses to Diaz, he can have misplaced 5 straight fights. That mentioned, he’ll doubtless earn a go from getting lower for agreeing to modify opponents last-minute.
Curiosity Degree: 7/10
It’s been some time since Johnny Walker final had his hand raised contained in the Octagon, together with his final victory coming in Sept. 2020 when he defeated Ryan Spann through third spherical knockout. Since then, the towering Brazilian has misplaced two straight fights towards Thiago Santos and Jamahal Hill, bringing his file to 1-4 in his final 5 fights. That’s a drastic distinction from the blistering begin to his UFC profession, the place he was talked about as a possible title contender to Jon Jones’ title after profitable his first three fights contained in the Octagon through first-round knockout. Coming into his battle towards Ion Cutelaba, Walker needs to be feeling the strain to get a win or presumably face a pink slip. As for Cutelaba, he hasn’t precisely been setting the world on fireplace himself as of late, going 2-4-1 over his final seven fights.
Irene Aldana is out to earn her second straight win when she faces off towards Macy Chiasson in a ladies’s Bantamweight bout. After having her street to the title derailed by Holly Holm, Aldana is set to get again within the combine, however the Mexican star has a stiff take a look at in entrance of her as Chiasson is 3-1 in her final 4 fights. If Chiasson can get a win over Aldana, it’ll assist her climb the High 10 and get nearer to a shot on the title. although she is going to nonetheless be a number of wins away from the objective.
The opposite revamped battle is Daniel Rodriguez going through off Li Jingliang. Rodriguez has had a stellar run to date with UFC, profitable three straight and going 6-1 total. He’s knocking on the door of a High 15 rating, and a win over Jingliang will get him one step nearer. For Jingliang, who bought again on the profitable monitor by knocking out Muslim Salikhov, taking out Rodriguez will assist him construct some momentum and provides him one other large alternative underneath UFC’s highlight down the street.
So, whereas the occasion seems to be utterly totally different than it did 24 hours in the past, the drama might have helped add a number of extra PPV buys. All eyes shall be on Diaz to see if he can exit on a profitable word, or if Ferguson can revive his profession. As for Chimaev, he has to do main harm management, whereas Holland is out to make issues worse for the rising star.
UFC 279 PPV Predominant Occasion On ESPN+:
170 lbs.: Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson (not Khamzat Chimaev)
UFC 279 PPV Predominant Card On ESPN+:
179 lbs.: Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland
170 lbs.: Jingliang Li vs. Daniel Rodriguez
140 lbs.: Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson
205 lbs.: Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cuțelaba
UFC 279 Late ‘Prelims’ Below Card On ESPN+:
145 lbs.: Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa
220 lbs.: Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalj
185 lbs.: Jamie Pickett vs. Denis Tiuliulin
265 lbs.: Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett
UFC 279 Early ‘Prelims’ Below Card On ESPN+:
145 lbs.: Danyelle Wolf vs. Norma Dumont
135 lbs.: Alateng Heili vs. Chad Anheilger
115 lbs.: Elise Reed vs. Melissa Martinez
170 lbs.: Darian Weeks vs. Yohan Lainesse
*Battle card, bout order and variety of fights stay topic to alter.*
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