The Final Preventing Championship isn’t having a banner week with loads of drama and modifications surrounding Saturday’s UFC 279 PPV, principally attributable to headlining welterweight Khamzat Chimaev. The Swedish fighter couldn’t wait till he entered the octagon to throw arms, first getting right into a verbal altercation with middleweight Paulo Costa on Wednesday. He topped that by getting right into a backstage brawl with Kevin Holland on the UFC 279 pre-fight press convention.
As a trifecta of fucking up, Chimaev missed weight by 7.5 kilos on Friday, an astronomical quantity for a pay-per-view predominant occasion fighter that’s had months to arrange for the bout. Switching a complete card the day earlier than fights is unprecedented as battle camps specialize for weeks on opponents’ tendencies and find out how to cease particular preventing types like jiu-jitsu and kickboxing.
Chimaev was scheduled to battle Nate Diaz in UFC 279’s predominant occasion, the final battle on Diaz’s present UFC contract. It’s unclear what would occur contractually, as Diaz is scheduled to be a free agent after this weekend, if he doesn’t compete on Saturday. That led to drastic modifications being proposed to the cardboard. No official modifications have been introduced to the present but, however the proposed modifications can be Nate Diaz dealing with Tony Ferguson, Khamzat Chimaev truly preventing Kevin Holland contained in the octagon, and Li Jingliang squaring off with Daniel Rodriguez.
The information convention the place Chimaev fought Holland was canceled, the second such incident to occur on the earth of fight sports activities this week. On early Monday, members of the All Elite Wrestling locker room, together with former UFC competitor CM Punk, allegedly bought right into a backstage brawl, after Punk insulted a number of AEW wrestlers at a post-show scrum. Everybody concerned within the battle was suspended by firm CEO Tony Khan. The proposed modifications to Saturday’s UFC card haven’t been introduced by the corporate as of late Friday afternoon.
Chimaev was a -1000 favourite to beat Diaz, per Caesars Sportsbook, and is seen as a rising star within the UFC. The corporate seemingly booked the 28-year-old him in opposition to Diaz to construct Chimaev’s profile on the expense of a departing former star. At Friday’s weigh-in, Chimaev solely shrugged his shoulders about coming in at 178.5 kilos. The UFC’s welterweight restrict is 171.