Highlights, updates and cageside evaluation for Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson

Nate Diaz makes his last look in an Octagon after an epic UFC profession Saturday in the primary occasion of UFC 279 in Las Vegas towards former interim light-weight champion Tony Ferguson. The 2 fan favorites lastly face-off in a welterweight battle after an unprecedented flip of occasions shook up the primary card.

Diaz started his UFC profession in 2007 on “The Final Fighter” and has compiled knowledgeable MMA document of 20-13 with 11 of these wins coming by submission. His largest victory so far was a short-notice submission win in 2016 over Conor McGregor, who was coming off back-to-back title victories for the featherweight after which light-weight championship belts. Choking out the UFC’s first simultaneous double-champion catapulted the fighter from Stockton, California, to fame. He misplaced the rematch to McGregor later that 12 months and a trilogy battle has been talked about since, however did not materialize.

Since dropping the bulk resolution to McGregor, Diaz has fought simply thrice: a win over Anthony Pettis and a TKO loss to Jorge Masvidal in 2019, then a unanimous resolution loss to Leon Edwards in June 2021.

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Ferguson, who first fought for the UFC again in 2011, was scheduled to face Li Jingliang on Saturday in his first battle since a devastating knockout loss to Michael Chandler in Might. However after Khamzat Chimaev weighed in 7.5 kilos heavy for his scheduled bout versus Diaz atop the cardboard, Ferguson was supplied the primary occasion slot towards Diaz and accepted.

Although Ferguson is driving a four-fight dropping streak, the losses had been to Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, Beneil Dariush and Chandler — all bona fide studs of the UFC’s stacked light-weight division. Earlier than the losses began piling up, Ferguson was driving a unbelievable 12-fight successful streak through which he captured the interim light-weight title, however he by no means fought for the undisputed title.

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Chimaev’s weight problem value him the primary occasion highlight versus Diaz, however not a spot on the cardboard as he now faces Kevin Holland in catchweight bout within the co-main occasion. The 2 had been concerned in an altercation backstage at Wednesday’s information convention so the battle is smart.

Additionally on the primary card, Jingliang will now battle Daniel Rodriguez, who was initially imagined to face Holland. Irene Aldana and Macy Chiasson meet in a catchweight bout at 140 kilos and lightweight heavyweights Johnny Walker and Ion Cutelaba open the pay-per-view.

Yahoo Sports activities’ Kevin Iole is cageside for the present at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas so observe our stay tracker under for the entire newest updates and evaluation.

UFC 279 stay outcomes, highlights, evaluation

UFC 279 principal card odds, outcomes, highlights (Begin time 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV)

All odds through BetMGM.

Welterweight: Nate Diaz +130 vs. Tony Ferguson -155

Catchweight (180 lbs): Khamzat Chimaev -600 vs. Kevin Holland +425

Catchweight (180 lbs): Li Jingliang +135 vs. Daniel Rodriguez -165

Catchweight (140 lbs): Irene Aldana -170 vs. Macy Chiasson +140

Mild heavyweight: Johnny Walker +170 vs. Ion Cuțelaba -210

UFC 279 prelims odds, outcomes, highlights (Dwell now on ESPNEWS/ESPN+)

Catchweight (149.5 lbs): Hakeem Dawodu -215 vs. Julian Erosa +175

Catchweight (220 lbs): Jailton Almeida -650 vs. Anton Turkalj +450

Middleweight: Denis Tiuliulin def. Jamie Pickett by TKO at 4:52 of R2

Catchweight (267.5 lbs): Chris Barnett def. Jake Collier by TKO at 2:24 of R2:

UFC 279 early prelims full outcomes

Ladies’s featherweight: Norma Dumont -def. Danyelle Wolf by unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Bantamweight: Alateng Heili def. Chad Anheliger by unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ladies’s strawweight: Elise Reed def. Melissa Martinez by unanimous resolution (29-28, 28-28, 29-28)

Welterweight: Yohan Lainesse def. Darian Weeks by break up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Opponents Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson face off during the UFC 279 ceremonial weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 09, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Nate Diaz will now battle Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 within the last battle of his UFC contract. (Photograph by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

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