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Dana White announces massive last minute changes to UFC 279 main card after Khamzat Chimaev missed weight to throw the entire event into chaos… as Tony Ferguson rises to fight Nate Diaz in new co-headline slot
- Chimaev weighed more than seven pounds above his fight with Diaz
- Dana White announced a total of three changes to the map with 24 hours to go
- Kevin Holland will now fight Chimaev in the co-main event at the catchweight
UFC President Dana White has announced a historic fight card reshuffle for UFC 279 just two days before the event takes place.
As a result of Khamzat Chimaev being seven and a half pounds overweight for the original main event between him and Nate Diaz, three new fights have been announced.
Nate Diaz now takes on Tony Ferguson and Chimaev now takes on Kevin-Holland in the co-main events.
Li Jingliang also has a new opponent as he will now face Daniel Rodriguez after he was originally scheduled to fight Ferguson. Rodriguez was originally set to face off before the last minute game of musical martial arts.
The new card is not lacking in storylines, as Holland and Chimaev reportedly got into a physical altercation on Thursday, which led to the UFC 279 pre-fight press conference being abruptly canceled.
It also removes the controversy surrounding that fight after Diaz showed no interest in fighting Chimaev and wanted the fight with Ferguson the whole time as he tries to complete the remaining number of fights on his UFC contract.
“They’re acting like I called up for this fight, which I didn’t ask for and didn’t want and didn’t want and still don’t want,” Diaz told ESPN. “But I don’t care, I’ll fight anyone. But, [the] If he’s under pressure, he’d better kill me because he’s the next killer in town.
“This fight isn’t even about this guy… it’s about ‘making’ this guy. And I’m like, ‘Okay, you’re not going to let me go? Because I’m the best fighter here? And you won’t let me go unless it’s off someone? Do I have to make someone for you? Good, you’re welcome. Let’s make you.’ You’re welcome, UFC…’
While the story of whether or not the UFC tried to “feed” one of its legendary names in Diaz to one of its hottest newcomers in Chimaev, no longer hangs above this current map, it remains to be seen whether it will go down the line. be reviewed.
Khamzat Chimaev smiled as he missed weight for his UFC 279 main event clash against Nate Diaz