UFC 279 had to undergo a major reshuffle as the previously scheduled main event fight between Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev has been replaced by Nate Diaz now taking on former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson.
Khamzat Chimaev will now fight Kevin Holland whereas Li Jingliang who was originally scheduled to fight Tony is now set to fight Daniel Rodriguez.
Dana White appeared on SportsCenter to explain the iteration of the match-ups.
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“It’s been a hell of a night and a hell of a morning,” White said on Friday evening on ESPN SportsCenter’s Instagram account. “It’s not by coincidence that we stack guys the same weight on the same card in case anything goes wrong, but yeah, it worked out.
“Obviously, when something like this happens, you got guys that trained for another guy for a long time. Getting these guys to agree to different fights can be a little tough sometimes, but we got ’em all done, they’re locked in.”