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‘Real gangsters make weight’ - Pros react to Chimaev’s big weight miss ahead of UFC 279

Khamzat Chimaev weighed in at 178 pounds at the UFC 279 weigh-ins. On Twitter, pro fighters reacted to the mishap.

In a surprising turn of events, UFC 279 headliner Khamzat Chimaev weighed in at 178 pounds for his welterweight bout against Nate Diaz. The bout between Chimaev and Nate Diaz may be in jeopardy, and fighters were quick to suggest alternatives for a main event. There have been suggestions that Diaz could fight current co-headliner Tony Ferguson, who is scheduled to fight Li Jingliang.

The event caused turmoil on MMA Twitter, with dozens of professional fighters criticizing the rising prospect’s behavior.

Main Card (ESPN+ PPV)

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz

Tony Ferguson vs. Li Jingliang

Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez

Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson

Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba

Preliminary Card (ESPNNEWS/ESPN+)

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa

Jamie Pickett vs. Denis Tiuliulin

Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett

Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf

Fight Pass Card (ESPN/ESPN+/Fight Pass)

Alateng Heili vs. Chad Anheilger

Elise Reed vs. Melissa Martinez

Darian weeks vs. Yohan Lainesse


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BLOCKBUSTER WELTERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Sept. 10, 2022, with a must-watch updated Welterweight thriller that will see perennial fan favorite, Nate Diaz now battles former top-ranked Lightweight contender, Tony Ferguson, who will return to the 170-pound weight class for this last minute, upgraded assignment. Meanwhile, In UFC 279’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, we now get the undefeated No. 3-ranked contender, Khamzat Chimaev, opposite Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland.

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