At UFC 279 on September 10, Nate Diaz will face off against Khamjat Chimaev. The fight will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This was the last bout of Diaz’s contract with the UFC.
Despite being a heavy favorite against Diaz (-1100 to +700 according to FanDuel Sportsbook), Chimaev told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that he doesn’t want to discredit Diaz.
“Who cares about that? For me, it doesn’t matter,” Chimaev said, via MMA News. “When I started my career, I was fighting a guy (who was) 8-0. He was a world champion, like. Some guys from my country (said), ‘Oh, that guy’s gonna beat you,’ and (I’m only 1-0. ).
“And now, people are saying, ‘Oh, you win the fight.’ But Diaz lost his fights. I think that’s why he’s the underdog. If he’s on a winning streak, it should be like 50-50. People think, ‘Oh, he’s in good shape, too.’ Now, everybody talking about that guy is like old, this shit. But it’s Still fighting. Fighting is dangerous, you know? I’m glad to fight that guy.
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A silver medalist at the Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Diaz made his pro debut for the WEC in 2004. The 37-year-old won “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2007. Diaz is 14-11 with the UFC. He has competed against Clay Guida, Donald Cerrone, Jim Miller, Gray Maynard and Conor McGregor. Diaz is on a two-fight losing streak; He last fought at UFC 263 in 2021 against Leon Edwards.
Chimaev joined the UFC in 2020 and won three fights for the promotion that year. Chimaev took the MMA world by storm with his skills and killer mentality.
The Chechen-born man suffered complications after testing positive for COVID-19 in 2020, forcing the Knicks to nix multiple matches against Edwards. At one point he considered retirement after coughing up blood. Chimaev finally returned in October 2021 and defeated Li Jingliang by submission. Chimaev’s last fight was a unanimous decision win over Gilbert Burns in April. He is currently ranked third in the UFC’s welterweight rankings.
Looking to buy a fight card? Here’s all the information you need to watch UFC 279, including the cost of the event.
What channel is UFC 279 on?
- TV Channels: ESPN+
- Live Stream: ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass
The main card for UFC 279 is available for pay-per-view in the US and Mexico on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service.
Previous fights can be watched live on ESPN+, the WatchESPN app, and for the early prelims, UFC Fight Pass.
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In Canada, the main card pay-per-view is available on TSN, Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Eastlink and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
In the United Kingdom, the main card will be available on BT Sport, with the prelims available on UFC Fight Pass.
In Australia, the main card on UFC Fight Pass is on Main Event, Kayo Sports, FOXTEL and UFC PPV.
Khamjat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz Price: How much will UFC 279 cost?
- $74.99 (current ESPN+ subscribers)
- $99.98 (new subscribers)
In the US, the UFC 279 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 279 is currently $74.99 for subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $99.98 for UFC 279 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, a savings of more than 30 percent.
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|ESPN+ Monthly Subscription||$9.99/month|
|ESPN+ annual subscription||$99.99/year|
|Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported||$13.99/month|
|Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads||$19.99/month|
|UFC PPV Independent||$74.99 each|
|UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual)||$99.98, then $69.99/year|
|UFC PPV and Disney Bundle||
$88.98, then $13.99/month
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When is UFC 279: Khamjat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz?
- Date: Saturday, September 10
- Starting with: 6:15 pm ET | 11:15 PM BST | 8 am AEST
- Prelims: 8 pm ET | 1 hour BST | 10am AEST
- Main Card: 10 pm ET | 3 am BST | 12 pm AEST
- Main Program: 12:15 am ET | 5:15 am BST | 2:15 pm AEST (approx.)
UFC 279 takes place on September 10. Fight pass prelims begin at 6:15 pm ET, with prelims beginning at 8 pm ET. The main card goes live at 10 pm ET. Chimaev and Diaz are due in the Octagon by 12:15 a.m. ET, which is how long the undercard fights will be.
UFC 279 fight card
- Khamjat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz; Welterweights
- Li Jingliang vs Tony Ferguson; Welterweights
- Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez; Catch weight
- Irene Aldana vs Macy Chiasson; Bantamweights
- Johnnie Walker vs Ion Cutelaba; Light heavyweights
- Hakeem Daodu vs. Julian Erosa; Featherweights
- Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalz; Catch weight
- Jamie Pickett v Denis Tuillin; Medium weight
- Shamil Aburakhimov vs. Jailton Almeida; The heavyweights
- Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett; The heavyweights
Fight Pass Prelims
- Norma Dumont vs. Danielle Wolff; Featherweights
- Chad Anheliger vs. Alateng Healy; Bantamweights
- Elise Reed vs. Melissa Martinez; Strawites
- Darian Weeks vs Yohan Lainesse; Welterweights
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