Nate Diaz returns to the Octagon, for what may very well be his final look within the UFC, when he takes on Khamzat Chimaev within the UFC 279 fundamental occasion at T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas on Saturday (ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET, with prelims on ESPNEWS/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. and early prelims on ESPN+ at 6 p.m.).
Diaz, an MMA legend who has 26 fights with the promotion, has earned a popularity for placing on a present in his fights. He’s tied for the second-most battle night time bonuses within the UFC with 15. He enters the battle coming off of back-to-back losses.
Chimaev, ranked No. 4 in ESPN’s welterweight rankings, has gained 5 fights in a row since making his UFC debut in 2020. His final bout resulted in a unanimous determination win over Gilbert Burns in April.
Brett Okamoto spoke to UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad to get his perspective on the matchup. Muhammad is No. 6 in ESPN’s divisional rankings. ESPN’s betting specialists Ian Parker and Reed Kuhn add their insights and evaluation for every thing from the principle occasion to some intriguing bets they like decrease down the cardboard.
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