UFC 279 stay outcomes and evaluation — Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson

LAS VEGAS — When Friday ended, the UFC 279 important card was fully totally different than the one scheduled when the day started.

In an unprecedented flip of occasions, the highest three fights set for Saturday evening at T-Cellular Area have been all altered by Friday night, a sequence response set off by once-headliner Khamzat Chimaev lacking weight by 7.5 kilos. Nate Diaz, Chimaev’s anticipated opponent in the primary occasion, declined to battle somebody who missed weight so badly, somewhat understandably.

The UFC, led by chief enterprise officer Hunter Campbell and president Dana White, scrambled to reshape the largest bouts till late afternoon native time. The tip outcome? Diaz will now meet Tony Ferguson within the welterweight UFC 279 important occasion. Within the co-main occasion, Chimaev will tackle Kevin Holland at a 180-pound catchweight. Each bouts might be 5 rounds.

Diaz (20-13) is among the hottest fighters on the UFC roster. The California native goes into the ultimate battle on his UFC contract and has indicated this might be his remaining battle within the UFC, no less than for now. Diaz, 37, has misplaced three of 4, however practically knocked out Leon Edwards — who’s now the UFC welterweight champion — in his most up-to-date battle in June 2021.

Ferguson (25-7) has dropped 4 in a row, most just lately a knockout loss to Michael Chandler at UFC 274 in Could. The California native is a former UFC interim light-weight champion. Ferguson, 38, gained 12 straight fights from 2013 to 2019, tied for the UFC light-weight document streak with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Chimaev (11-0), a rising star, was an amazing favourite in opposition to Diaz and the primary occasion was set to be a showcase of his abilities earlier than he prompted the drama by lacking weight by a lot. The 28-year-old Chechen fighter, who trains in Sweden, is 5-0 within the UFC with 4 finishes. Holland (23-7, 1 NC), a 29-year-old Texan, is unbeaten in three straight fights.

Additionally on the cardboard, Ferguson’s authentic opponent, Li Jingliang, will meet Daniel Rodriguez, who initially was anticipated to face Holland. Plus, Irene Aldana and Macy Chiasson meet in a 140-pound catchweight bout and Johnny Walker and Ion Cutelaba conflict in a battle of sunshine heavyweights.

Battle in progress: Catchweight (220 kilos): Jailton Almeida (16-2, -700) vs. Anton Turkalj (8-0, +500)

UFC 279 outcomes

Middleweight: Denis Tiuliulin (11-6, 1-1 UFC) def. Jamie Pickett (13-8, 2-4 UFC) by TKO

Tiuliulin earned his first win the within the UFC with the victory over Pickett. Extra to come back from Vegas in a bit.

Catchweight: Chris Barnett (23-8, 2-2 UFC) def. Jake Collier (13-8, 5-7 UFC) by TKO (Watch on ESPN+)



Chris Barnett is ecstatic after his comeback win vs. Jake Collier at UFC 279.

It was a slobber knocker, a bloody brawl between large our bodies, with the extra broken of them getting the end and celebrating with a sloppy entrance flip.

Barnett acquired smashed early on, wobbled by large punches that bloodied his face, hyped up and closed his left eye and left his mouth sagging open as if he’d suffered a jaw damage. However he withstood the punishment and turned the tide in Spherical 2, heading off a Collier takedown try and securing high place himself. He then rained down large photographs till the referee jumped in at 2:24.

Then Barnett did the entrance flip and delivered an epic postfight interview with the gang roaring his identify.

Barnett, who’s 36 and fights out of Tampa, Florida, has gained two of his final three fights within the UFC. At Friday’s weigh-ins, he grew to become simply the second heavyweight in UFC historical past to overlook the 266-pound restrict; he surrendered 20% of his purse for a battle that ended up being contested at a catchweight.

Collier, a 36-year-old from Cuba, Missouri, has misplaced two in a row.

After the win, Barnett was transported to the hospital, per the UFC.

Ladies’s featherweight: Norma Dumont (8-2, 4-2 UFC) def. Danyelle Wolf (1-1, 0-1 UFC) by unanimous resolution (Watch on ESPN+)

She could not decide up her first UFC stoppage victory, nevertheless it was nonetheless a dominant win.

Dumont beat up Wolf on the ft and schooled her on the bottom for a transparent, unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) on the UFC 279 prelims.

Wolf is a boxer with some credentials, however Dumont rocked her a number of occasions on the ft and dropped her twice within the second spherical. Within the third, Dumont took Wolf down and landed floor and pound. By that time, Wolf was sporting a shiner on her proper eye and was bleeding from the nostril.

Dumont, 31, has gained 4 of her final 5 fights. The 31-year-old Brazilian was coming off a cut up resolution loss to Macy Chiasson at UFC 274 in Could. Wolf, a 39-year-old coaching out of California, is a neophyte MMA fighter and former nationwide Golden Gloves champion boxer who earned her method onto the UFC final 12 months from Dana White’s Contender Collection.

Males’s bantamweight: Alatengheili (15-8-2, 4-1-1 UFC) def. Chad Anheliger (12-6, 1-1 UFC) by unanimous resolution (Watch on ESPN+)

Alatengheili confirmed off potent offense and powerful protection in scoring his second straight victory contained in the Octagon.

The 30-year-old from China wobbled Anheliger twice within the first spherical with straight proper fingers, bloodying him with the second, and continued to land the extra damaging punches and kicks all through. All three judges scored the battle 30-27 in his favor, giving him one other victory following a stretch wherein he was winless in two straight.

Anheliger, 35 and from Calgary, Alberta, noticed a 10-fight profitable streak finish. He did not go down with no battle, although. Regardless of being damage early and outstruck for a lot of the battle, he stood his floor and exchanged along with his opponent, touchdown some photographs however by no means one which was a distinction maker.

Strawweight: Elise Reed (6-2, 2-2 UFC, +145) def. Melissa Martinez (7-1, 0-1 UFC) by unanimous resolution (Watch on ESPN+)

Three late takedowns by Reed made the distinction in a battle between two girls who spent a lot of their quarter-hour within the cage collectively in hanging exchanges.

Reed, a 29-year-old from Princeton, New Jersey, appeared to have sustained injury to her higher left leg within the third spherical resulting from Martinez’s kicks. So Reed neatly went to her grappling sport to safe the win (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), her second within the UFC.

Martinez, 25 from Mexico, entered her UFC debut undefeated.

Welterweight: Yohan Lainesse (9-1, 1-1 UFC) def. Darian Weeks (5-3, 0-3 UFC) by majority resolution (Watch on ESPN+)

Lainesse utilized good footwork to keep away from bother and landed simply sufficient offense to eke out the victory in a battle of two fighters in search of their first UFC victory.

Each fighters had problem getting a lot offense going. Weeks was the aggressor for a lot of the quarter-hour however couldn’t land a lot on his elusive opponent. All three judges scored the bout 29-28, with two going for Lainesse.

Lainesse, a 30-year-old from Saint-Bruno, Quebec, Canada, had suffered his first profession defeat in his Octagon debut in April. After Weeks’ authentic opponent dropped out, he took this battle on quick discover.

Weeks, who’s 28 and from Sedalia, Missouri, has misplaced all three of his Octagon bouts after coming to the UFC undefeated.

Nonetheless to come back:

  • Welterweight: Nate Diaz (21-13, 15-11 UFC, +105) vs. Tony Ferguson (26-7, 15-5 UFC, -125)

  • Catchweight (180 kilos): Khamzat Chimaev (11-0, 5-0 UFC, -550) vs. Kevin Holland (23-7 1 NC, 10-4 1 NC UFC, +400)

  • Catchweight (180 kilos): Li Jingliang (19-7, 11-5 UFC, +130) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (16-2, 6-1 UFC, -155)

  • Ladies’s catchweight (140 kilos): Irene Aldana (13-6, 6-4 UFC, -180) vs. Macy Chiasson (9-2, 6-2 UFC, +155)

  • Mild heavyweight: Johnny Walker (18-7, 4-4 UFC +180) vs. Ion Cutelaba (16-7-1 1 NC, 5-6-1 UFC, -220)

  • Males’s featherweight: Hakeem Dawodu (13-2-1, 6-2 UFC, -220) vs. Julian Erosa (27-10, 5-5 UFC, +180)