How to watch Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson: UFC 279 live stream, start time, PPV
UFC 279 live stream: How to watch Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev fights online and on TV tonight
Friday might well go down as one of the strangest days in UFC history, as Saturday’s UFC 279 card was turned on its head.
At the end of a week in which he had confronted another fighter at the UFC Performance Institute and later caused the cancellation of the pre-fight press conference by starting a series of backstage incidents, Khamzat Chimaevmissed weight for his main event against Nate Diaz
After all the fighting, missed weight and chaos, fans will get a fight they’ve dreamed about when Nate Diaz takes on Tony Ferguson in the main event at UFC 279 on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Of course, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. Not only was Thursday’s press conference canceled after fighters and their teams engaged in a melee. But Diaz’s original opponent Khazmat Chimaev missed weight by a whopping 7 pounds. That gives us UFC: 279: Diaz vs. Ferguson live at 10 p.m. on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
It’s one of the craziest fight weeks we’ve ever seen. In the end we get a fight that fans have long clamored for: Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson, supposedly past their primes, going at it to prove who is still relevant. Add to that the fact it is the last fight on Diaz’s UFC contract and you have potential fireworks.
How did we get here?
Thursday’s brawl began after Chimaev and fighter Kevin Holland exchanged words. Holland was to face Daniel Rodriguez on the undercard. But then Chimaev missed weight on Friday.
With Chimaev weighing so much more than Diaz, the UFC scrambled, moving fighters around. Diaz will now take on Ferguson at welterweight and Holland and Chimaev (who both weighed in close to 180 pounds) can settle the feud they started backstage. That leaves Li Jingaling (Ferguson’s original opponent at UFC 279) to take on Daniel Rodriguez (Holland’s original opponent). Got that? Good.
What time does UFC 279 start?
Regardless of the changes, this is arguably a more anticipated card than it was prior to Thursday. Early prelims for UFC 279 begin at 6 p.m. EST and stream exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. Regular prelims start at 8 p.m. and air on ESPNews or ESPN+. The main card starts at 10 p.m. on ESPN+ pay-per-view with the showdown between Chimaev and Diaz likely to begin just after midnight, depending on the length of the undercard fights.
How to watch it?
MMA fans craving the prelims can subscribe and download the UFC Fight Pass app. For the prelims, ESPNews is available on Fubo TV, which is currently offering a FREE TRIAL for its streaming packages. UFC 279′s main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+ (Click HERE to order).
The PPV price for UFC 279 is $74.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $99.98 for the pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription. You can also sign up for the Disney Bundle, which features subscriptions to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu.
You can check out the full list of fights for UFC 279 below, featuring odds from Caesar’s Sportsbook. You’ll want to pay attention closely. Diaz went from a huge underdog against Chimaev to a close fight odds-wise with Ferguson. Now it’s Holland who the sportsbooks think will get smashed.
Nothing is ever easy in the fight world, huh? We entered the week with three matchups at the top of UFC 279 and ended it with three completely different fights. One day after backstage altercations between fighters forced Dana White to cancel the press conference, Khamzat Chimaev missed weight by 7.5 pounds and caused all hell to break loose.
The new main card is as follows:
Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland
Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez
Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson
Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba
Important to note that the co-main event between Chimaev and Holland will be a catchweight bout at 180 pounds and for five rounds.
How to watch UFC 279
Date: Sept. 10
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Start time: 10 p.m. ET (Main card)
How to watch: ESPN+ PPV
Cost: $74.99 for subscribers of ESPN+
Here’s how the rest of the card stands:
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa
Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalj
Denis Tiuliulin vs. Jamie Pickett
Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett
Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf
Chad Anheliger vs. Alateng Heili
Melissa Martinez vs. Elise Reed
This week has been, as Dana White said, a shit show. You had multiple altercations between fighters and teams backstage before the press conference and now a multitude of changes at the top of the card. Nate Diaz initially was set to face Khamzat Chimaev, one of the rising stars in the UFC. But after Chimaev missed weight by 7.5 pounds (!!!) all of that has changed.
Diaz will now take on fellow fan favorite Tony Ferguson in the main event. Chimaev, too heavy for welterweight, is going to step in against Kevin Holland. A lot to unpack here.
I think it’s safe to say that the PPV (weirdly enough) got better. Make no mistake about it, Chimaev was going to absolutely destroy Diaz. As much as we all love Nate’s ‘anywhere, anytime’ mindset, this was not the guy to be doing that against. He was outclassed in his last fight against Leon Edwards and the same was about to happen here.
Now? He has a good shot of beating Ferguson in a much closer fight on paper. Ferguson, a former interim champ, has lost four in a row and appears a shell of his former self. Both are strong strikers who have the ability to finish anyone on the ground. I’m more excited for this matchup than I was a day ago. It’s competitive, and that’s what the fans want to see.