LAS VEGAS — The UFC 279 scheduled most important occasion is in jeopardy after participant Khamzat Chimaev missed weight by 7.5 kilos Friday morning on the UFC Apex.
Chimaev and Nate Diaz have been contracted for a welterweight bout to headline UFC 279 on Saturday evening at T-Mobile Arena. The nontitle welterweight restrict is 171 kilos and Chimaev weighed in at 178.5 kilos. Diaz was 171 kilos.
As of late Friday morning, the standing of the most important struggle on the pay-per-view card was very a lot in jeopardy.
To additional complicate issues, this was alleged to be the ultimate struggle on fan-favorite Diaz’s UFC contract, and he can be a free agent following this weekend. It’s unclear what would occur contractually if Diaz, 37, doesn’t struggle Saturday.
Chimaev, 28, is without doubt one of the UFC’s greatest rising stars and was a -1000 favourite, per Caesars Sportsbook. The UFC basically booked this struggle to get Chimaev a bout with a giant star in Diaz in which he was alleged to win.
Chimaev has had a weird week. He received right into a verbal altercation with middleweight Paulo Costa on Wednesday on the UFC Performance Institute, and Thursday, earlier than the UFC 279 information convention, Chimaev received right into a skirmish with Kevin Holland, who’s on the UFC 279 card and scheduled to struggle Daniel Rodriguez. Chimaev kicked Holland through the struggle. The information convention was in the end canceled.
When Chimaev weighed in Friday morning, he shrugged his shoulders and confirmed no contrition for the large miss. Later, he posted a meme joking about lacking weight on Twitter.
The co-main occasion fighters each made weight for UFC 279. Tony Ferguson and Li Jingliang every weighed in at 170.5. Holland was 179.5 kilos and Rodriguez was 179 for his or her 180-pound catchweight bout.