Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the pay-per-view (PPV) marketplace later TONIGHT (Sat., Sept. x, 2022) to stage UFC 279 from inside T-Mobile Loonshit in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining the issue volition be a revamped Welterweight scrap between Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson after Khamzat Chimaev had a major scale fail. In the new co-headlining act, Chimaev will now confront Kevin Holland at 180 pounds.
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After another extended hiatus, Diaz will make his long-awaited return to action in what could marking the terminal time we get to come across the Stockton slugger compete inside the Octagon. That’s because this will be the concluding fight of his current deal with the WME-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) arrangement, and the chances of him re-upping with Dana White and Co. aren’t looking too skillful based on the beef he’s had with the company for quite some fourth dimension now. But, if Diaz wants to go out on a winning note, it won’t come easy considering he is facing a hard-nosed foe in Ferguson, despite the brusque notice nature of the bout and "El Cucuy'southward" recent slump.
Diaz’due south tape within the Octagon is just 15-11, then it doesn’t exactly scream “winning.” That said, the scrappy slugger has always been must-watch because of his brash, “I don’t give a f—k” attitude that has made him — and his older brother, Nick Diaz — fan favorites for the past decade. Win or lose, Diaz brings it and leaves it all in the cage. And that’s the reason UFC has gone out of its way to pay him the big bucks, though it’s rubber to see he’southward ever wanted more than. A pair of high-profile, big-coin fights confronting Conor McGregor only helped Diaz’s popularity (and depository financial institution account) skyrocket, even if he is just one-3 over his last four fights. Only, records aside, his losses have done little to injure his reputation every bit i of the most entertaining fighters in the muzzle and on the mic, which has added to his aura. He’southward never held a globe title — losing to Ben Henderson is his lone title fight. Heck, he didn’t even win the fabricated-upward “BMF” title, a strap that ways admittedly null in the grand scheme of things. But, that very same “BMF” championship is a tribute to the reach Diaz has because the promotion pretty much fabricated it upwardly just for him after he called out Jorge Masvidal. Diaz has always marched to the beat out of his own
drum and will go along to practise so. It’s what fabricated him who he is today.
And after yesterday’due south catastrophic plough of events that saw the promotion switch around three fights on 24 hour’s notice, including pairing up Diaz with Ferguson instead of “Borz,” the Stockton sluggers cred merely increased. That’s right, the man who is fed up with all things UFC did the promotion a solid by salvaging the card and agreeing to the switch in opponents.
Did have a gamble against Chimaev? The odds said no, but the same was said when he stepped in to face McGregor at UFC 196, but for him to pull off a smashing upset and prepare the wheels in move to one of the best rivalries the promotion has always seen. Now, he will be facing a human fight fans accept been wanting him to get up against for some time at present. And for many, this primary event is better than the original. Ferguson has a hazard to get back on track by sending Diaz out of UFC with a loss, all while getting some of his own mojo dorsum. Information technology’s a great fight betwixt two long-fourth dimension veterans who now get to finally face off confronting each other as a consequence of a string of events the likes of which nosotros’ve never seen.
Chimaev’s stock grew after he took the MMA globe by tempest on “Fight Island” after winning two fights in dominant fashion in the bridge of 10 days. While many people still doubted him even after his 17-second knockout win over Gerald Meerschaert, and his i-sided beatdown of Li Jingliang, Chimaev really wowed the masses in his ballsy boxing against a former title contender, Gilbert Burns, defeating “Durinho” after 25 minutes of hard-fought action. “Borz” had the chance to add another notch to his belt on his quest to fight for the title sooner, rather than afterward, by taking out Diaz, simply now his road to the title has stalled equally a event of his scale fail, even with a win over Kevin Holland.
This fight, while not the original bout, will take identify at a catchweight of 180 pounds and, again, some are feeling this fight a scrap more than because Kevin Holland and Chimaev accept born beef that boiled over during the pre-fight printing briefing that didn’t happen. Holland is starting to observe his groove again later on winning his previous fights against Alex Oliveira and Tim Means, both finishes. The mouthy-Welterweight now has the chance to score the biggest win of his career if he can derail the Smesh Express. For Chimaev, a dominant win over Holland will put him back in the good graces (even if just a footling bit) of the promotion and the fans afterwards causing the event to undergo a complete facelift.
Allow’south keep it real, this carte doesn’t exactly scream blockbuster. Sure, it features Diaz’s return, but it’southward almost as if UFC went out of its fashion to make it every bit dreadful as possible for Nate’southward potential last tour inside the Octagon, making it hard for about to cough upwards the $eighty needed to watch this. But, if I am beingness 100 pct honest, all of the changes added a bit more intrigue to information technology.
Original Card Vs. Actual Card:
Of course, the news all across the MMA world was the cancelation of Chimaev vs. Diaz and the reshuffling of fights every bit Diaz will now face Ferguson and Chimaev takes on Kevin Holland, who was supposed to face Daniel Rodriguez. Furthermore, Rodriguez will now take on Li Jingliang, who was supposed to Ferguson.
Aside from that mess, a Bantamweight title fight between current champion, Aljamain Sterling, and ex-championship holder, T.J. Dillashaw, was in talks to accept place on this carte before matchmakers decided it was best to move it to UFC 280. Hannah Cifers pulled out of her scheduled fight against Melissa Martinez for undisclosed reasons and was ultimately replaced by Elise Reed, who is just 1-2 within the Octagon.
As well, Jailton Almeida was prepare to face Shamil Abdurakhimov in Heavyweight action earlier Abdurakhimov was forced out of the event as a outcome of visa bug. UFC newcomer, Anton Turkalj, agreed to stride in to accept the fight on brusque notice, and it will now accept identify at a Catchweight of 220 pounds.
No injuries were reported for this event.
Melissa Martinez will make her UFC debut when she takes on Elise Reed in women’s Strawweight action. Undefeated (7-0), Martinez is coming out of the Combate Americas promotion, where she racked up six straight victories, four by manner of knockout.
Turkalj will make his UFC debut to face Almeida in Middleweight activity. Undefeated (viii-0), Turkalj won his fight on
back in July via unanimous decision, catastrophe his seven-fight finish streak. He will have a tough examination in Almeida, who is on an 11-fight win streak and is perfect (2-0) inside the Octagon.
In a rare fight in the women’south Featherweight division, Danyelle Wolf will make her UFC debut as she is set to confront Norma Dumont. Wolf was successful on
almost two years ago, but nil has been seen or heard from her since later an injury spoiled her potential UFC debut final year. Now, the onetime professional boxer will look to brand a splash in her UFC debut against a veteran who had her three-fight win streak snapped past Macy Chiasson via carve up decision.
How The Prelims Look:
Hakeem Dawodu has quietly won six of his terminal seven UFC fights, yet “Mean” tin’t seem to get the love he wants. He volition attempt to get another win under his belt when he faces Julian Erosa, who is riding a two-fight win streak into the event. “Juicy J” is 5-i over his concluding vi fights, and then he has enough of momentum going for him, likewise.
Jamie Pickett’due south run with UFC has been less than stellar. After three fights on
Contender Series, Pickett finally managed to go himself a UFC contract, but he has gone a dreadful two-iii and is coming off a loss to Kyle Daukaus. He will face off against Denis Tiuliulin, who is starving for his outset UFC win after throwing up a dud in his debut against Aliaskhab Khizriev.
In the Heavyweight division, Chris Barnett will face up Jake Collier, who has been inconsistently consistent during his time with the promotion. Since making his debut in 2014, he has alternated wins and losses to the tune of collecting a 5-6 record. That simply won’t cut it if he wants to climb the Heavyweight mount. He has a chance to pull even with a win over Barnett, who has rapidly become a fan favorite, despite existence just 1-2 in his first iii fights with the promotion. While fight fans dear them some “Huggy Behave,” he needs to first collecting wins if he wants to hang around the Octagon for awhile.
In the men'southward Bantamweight division, Alateng Heili volition battle Republic of chad Anheilger. Heili is iii-ane-1 inside the Octagon while Anheileger is coming into the upshot scorching hot with 10 straight wins. As well, Darian Weeks will face up off against Yohan Lainesse, who failed to impress in his UFC debut, coming upwardly short against Gabriel Green earlier this year. Weeks, meanwhile, is winless and so far within the Octagon subsequently dropping his kickoff 2 fights confronting Bryan Barberena and Ian Garry.
Who Needs A Win Badly:
Recall when Ferguson was on that ridiculous 12-fight win streak that spanned six years and had people screaming at the elevation of their lungs for “El Cucuy” to go a championship shot? Yep, it seems like so long ago. Yes, Ferguson did get on to win the interim Lightweight championship, just went on to lose it to Justin Gaethje via brutal technical knockout at UFC 249. And to add together salt to Ferguson’s wound, Gaethje went on to partake in a fight confronting Khabib Nurmagomedov ... a fight Ferguson has been chasing for years and had booked five times just for every single 1 to get scrapped. Ferguson’due south loss to Gaethje started a down spiral for the ex-champ, the commencement loss of his electric current four-fight losing skid. Ferguson was last seen getting put to slumber by Michael Chandler at UFC 274 (see information technology once again here), and if he loses to Diaz, he will accept lost five straight fights. That said, he will likely earn a pass from getting cutting for agreeing to switch opponents last-infinitesimal.
Interest Level: seven/10
Information technology’s been a while since Johnny Walker concluding had his hand raised inside the Octagon, with his last victory coming in Sept. 2020 when he defeated Ryan Spann via third round knockout. Since then, the towering Brazilian has lost 2 straight fights against Thiago Santos and Jamahal Hill, bringing his record to one-4 in his last v fights. That’s a drastic difference from the blistering commencement to his UFC career, where he was talked about as a potential title contender to Jon Jones’ championship subsequently winning his first three fights inside the Octagon via first-circular knockout. Coming into his fight against Ion Cutelaba, Walker has to be feeling the pressure to get a win or mayhap confront a pink slip. As for Cutelaba, he hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire himself as of belatedly, going 2-four-1 over his last vii fights.
Irene Aldana is out to earn her second straight win when she faces off confronting Macy Chiasson in a women’s Bantamweight tour. After having her road to the title derailed by Holly Holm, Aldana is determined to get back in the mix, only the Mexican star has a potent exam in front of her equally Chiasson is iii-one in her terminal iv fights. If Chiasson can get a win over Aldana, information technology will help her climb the Top 10 and get closer to a shot at the title. though she volition still be a few wins away from the goal.
The other revamped fight is Daniel Rodriguez facing off Li Jingliang. Rodriguez has had a stellar run so far with UFC, winning three direct and going 6-one overall. He is knocking on the door of a Pinnacle fifteen ranking, and a win over Jingliang gets him one footstep closer. For Jingliang, who got back on the winning track by knocking out Muslim Salikhov, taking out Rodriguez will help him build some momentum and give him another big opportunity under UFC’s spotlight down the road.
So, while the issue looks completely different than it did 24 hours ago, the drama may have helped add a few more than PPV buys. All eyes will be on Diaz to see if he tin can become out on a winning notation, or if Ferguson can revive his career. As for Chimaev, he has to do major damage command, while Kingdom of the netherlands is out to make things worse for the rising star.
UFC 279 Full Fight Carte du jour:
PPV Chief Outcome On
170 lbs.: Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson (not Khamzat Chimaev)
PPV Main Card On
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
Late ‘Prelims’ Under Card On
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
Early ‘Prelims’ Nether Card On
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
*Fight carte, bout order and number of fights remain subject field to alter.*
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