UPDATE: Khamzat Chimaev badly missed weight for his welterweight fight with Nate Diaz.
The UFC is expecting to sell out the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas tonight with an event that highlights two of the most popular, and interesting, characters in the sport. UFC 279 features super prospect turned title contender Khamzat Chimaev taking on the fiercely different Nate Diaz, in what could be his final Octagon appearance.
Many are expecting Chimaev to run through Diaz, but you should never count out a Diaz Brother. And the younger Diaz might well have a trick up his sleeve. Given that Diaz is fighting Chimaev just to see out his UFC contract, there may also be some weirdness on tap.
The co-main event for this one is also intriguing. Tony Ferguson is returning the welterweight division on Saturday. His first challenge in this new phase of his career is posed by Li Jingliang.
Rounding out the PPV card is Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba, Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez and Irena Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson.
The prelims get an exciting featherweight clash in the featured spot with Hakeem Dawudo vs. Julian Erosa. There’s also a match-up of undefeated UFC heavyweights Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalj.
The early prelims are headlined by Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf.
But before any of these fights can happen, the fighters have to weigh-in!
You can watch the official weigh-ins right here. The stream below goes live at 11:50 AM ET.
And don’t miss the ceremonial weigh-ins, there could be fireworks there considering who is in the main event. It starts at 7PM ET.
Main Card (10PM ET on ESPN+ PPV)
Welterweight: Khamzat Chimaev (178.5)* vs. Nate Diaz (171)
Welterweight: Li Jingliang (170.5) vs. Tony Ferguson (171)
Catchweight (180 lbs): Kevin Holland (179.5) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (179)
Catchweight (140 lbs): Irena Aldana (137.5) vs. Macy Chiasson (139.5)
Light heavyweight: Johnny Walker (205) vs. Ion Cutelaba (205.5)
Prelims (8PM ET on ESPNNEWS/ESPN+)
Featherweight: Hakeem Dawudo 149.5** vs. Julian Erosa (146)
Catchweight (220 lbs): Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalj (214)
Middleweight: Jamie Pickett (185.5) vs. Denis Tiuliulin (186)
Heavyweight: Jake Collier (265) vs. Chris Barnett (267.5)***
Early Prelims (6PM ET on UFC FightPass/ESPN/ESPN+)
Featherweight: Norma Dumont (146) vs. Danyelle Wolf (146)
Bantamweight: Chad Anheliger (135.5) vs. Alatengheili (135)
Strawweight: Elise Reed (113.5) vs. Melissa Martinez (115.5)
Welterweight: Darian Weeks (170.5) vs. Yohan Lainesse (171)
*Khamzat Chimaev misses weight by 7.5 lbs.
**Hakeem Dawudo misses weight by 3.5 lbs.
***Chris Barnett misses weight by 1.5 lbs.