UFC 279 sees massive turnaround in fighting after weigh-in incident

According to Dana White, the new UFC 279 main card will consist of Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson, Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland, and Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez.

In a wild series of events, the original main event for UFC 279 was scrapped after Khamzat Chimaev weighed 7.5 pounds over the welterweight limitLeave ufc Legends Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson to face off in a fan-favorite matchup for the new Main Event.

The drama began Thursday night before the start of the press conference. There was a brawl backstage with the participation of the camps of Chimaev, Kevin Holland and Diaz, which led to the cancellation of the press conference.

At 6:00 p.m. EST on Friday, Dana White announced via SportsCenter that the UFC 279 matchups would be changed due to Chimaev’s weight loss failure.

“The doctor told him not to do that,” White said of Chimaev’s failed cut. “So we pounced on that this morning and the new card that we have now is Nate Diaz vs Tony Ferguson, Khamzat Chimaev is going to be up against Kevin Holland and Leech is going to be up against Rodriguez.”

UFC 279: Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson takes place live from T-Mobile Arena on Saturday September 10, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA on-site for all your news and highlights.

https://fansided.com/2022/09/09/ufc-279-new-fights-diaz-ferguson/ UFC 279 sees massive turnaround in fighting after weigh-in incident

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