It was announced that Diaz (20-13) would face former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson (25-7) in the main event of UFC 279 inside T-Mobile Arena. He was initially scheduled to face rising Chechen-Swedish contender Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 in Las Vegas, but Chimaev missed weight on Friday. It was noted that the fight was a non-title welterweight bout.
Both the fighters had a one-pound allowance, which means that the highest they could weigh at the official weigh-in was 171 pounds. Diaz, for his part, successfully made weight, coming in at 171 pounds. However, Khamzat Chimaev missed weight at the official weigh-in. ‘Borz’ weighed in at 178.5 pounds, which is a whopping 7.5 pounds above the limit for non-title welterweight bouts.
Nate Diaz slams Khamzat Chimaev with harsh words
Both the fighters may still be holding some negative feelings towards each other and Nate Diaz was asked during his post-fight press conference if he had seen Chimaev’s fight.
Chimaev put on an impressive performance against Kevin Holland, who had no answer for the relentless wrestling of ‘Borz’. Given the Chimaev submitted Holland in round one, Diaz’s comments are that much more hilarious.
Diaz replied with a nine-word expletive statement:
“Lame, scared, boring, rookie, whack, p*ssy, lame, d*ck sucker. All those things.”
Meanwhile, Nate Diaz faced off against Tony Ferguson in UFC 279’s main event, in what was dubbed a “UFC Legends Fight”. The fight was competitive through the early going, but Diaz began taking over in the fourth round and was able to secure a submission victory over ‘El Cucuy’.
Diaz was interviewed by Megan Olivi of ESPN MMA following his win and was asked what type of challenges a fight with Tony Ferguson brought with it.
He replied with:
“He had the pressure off him that he didn’t have to win, he wasn’t ready for the five round fight. The I had the pressure on that my main goal, especially for Khamzat was to come out and not get any more cuts on my face. I’m done with that. It’s a new mission that I’ve never had before. And then they switch it to this guy [Ferguson] who’s the most likely in the UFC to cut. So I was like, ‘Alright, I have all the pressure.'”