After some late shuffling and Khamzat Chimaev’s botched weight cut, fans got the match up they originally wanted in Nate Diaz vs Tony Ferguson. Instead of facing much younger opponents, the two well loved veterans faced off to headline UFC 279.
They clearly didn’t look like they’re in their primes, but they still put on a pretty fun back and forth match filled with all the antics and awkwardness they’re both known for. Late in the fight, Diaz pressured and Ferguson shot in for an ill-advised takedown. Diaz instantly choked him out after.
Diaz earned a nice submission win as a perfect way to cap his UFC stint and get a nice send off.
Check out videos, along with a snippet from our play-by-play of the contest below:
Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson, Round 4
Ferguson lands to the body. Diaz slaps him a couple of times. Ferguson fakes a low single. A very low one. Leg kick from Ferguson. Ferguson with a jab and a hard inside leg kick. Long left from Diaz. Diaz misses twice. Jab again from El Cucuy. Hard left from Diaz! Ferguson resets. Diaz puts together a big combo. He goes body/head. Ferguson digs to the body. Diaz checks a kick. Jab from Diaz. Diaz with two lefts but Ferguson takes him down. Diaz secures a guillotine! FERGUSON TAPS!
Nate Diaz defeated Tony Ferguson via submission, (guillotine choke), 2:52 of round 4