Chimaev didn’t hit the 77kg mark for the fight against Nate Diaz, main event of UFC 279
Khamazat Chimaev continues to cause controversy in UFC. After getting into trouble with Paulo Borrachinha and being one of those responsible for canceling the press conference before UFC 279, the fighter was unable to reach 77kg for this Saturday’s fight (10th) against Nate Diaz.
At the official weigh-in for the event, which took place this Friday, the fighter ended up weighing 178.5 pounds on the scale, which is equal to about 81kg, 4kg above the limit of his category, the welterweight. “It’s not that bad”, commented the fighter as he left the scale above the expected weight.
As a result, Chimaev will lose a percentage of his purse. And Dana White and his matchmakers moved quickly to do something unprecedented in UFC history.
The three main fights had opponent changes between the fighters involved.
At the SportsCenter USA, White announced that the main event will now be between Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson. And Chimaev, who would face Diaz, will duel against Kevin Holland, originally slated to fight Daniel Rodriguez..
And Li Jingliang, who would face Ferguson, faces Rodriguez.
See the full UFC 279 card
Nate Diaz vs Tony Ferguson
Khamzat Chimaev vs Kevin Holland
Daniel Rodriguez vs Li Jingliang
Irene Aldana vs Macy Chiasson
Johnny Walker x Ion Cutelaba
Hakeem Dawodu x Julian Erosa
Jailton Almeida vs Anton Turkalj
Denis Tiuliulin x Jamie Pickett
Jake Collier x Chris Barnett
Norma Dumont vs Danyelle Wolf
Chad Anheliger vs Heili Alateng
Melissa Martinez vs Elise Reed
Darian Weeks x Yohan Lainesse