Chimaev vs. Diaz weigh-in highlights. Photo and video


Nate Diaz, UFC 279
Nate Diaz, official UFC 279 weigh-ins Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

What a morning Friday turned out to be for the UFC faithful.

The UFC 279 weigh-ins were just as heated as the previous day’s press conference, if not more so. Three fighters missed weight, one fight was moved to catch middleweight, and the card essentially lost its main event, all in the space of just a few hours.

The big story was that Khamzat Chimaev came in heavy, 7.5 pounds over the welterweight limit for his fight with Nate Diaz. It’s the kind of gap the Nevada Athletic Commission doesn’t usually allow; with Chimaev opting out of further weight cuts, a lot came down to the rules and regulations and what opponent Diaz was willing to accept. Strong Rumor — Diaz/Tony Ferguson main event and Chimaev taking on Kevin Holland in the co-main event.

However, nothing is official as of this writing.

TSN’s Aaron Bronstetter reported later in the day that Ferguson’s opponent, Li Jingliang, had been offered a fight with Holland’s original nemesis, Daniel Rodriguez. A further hint of what’s to come.

Chris Barnett and Hakeem Dawodu were the other names to skip weight on Friday, while the women’s bantamweight match between Irene Aldana and Macy Chiasson moved to 140lb. Barnett, who is fighting for the first time since the death of his fiance earlier this year, is likely to get a pass under the circumstances and given that the miss was small (1.5lbs). The others not so much.

Norma Dumont and Danielle Wolf weighed in with a barrier but made it to the weigh-in.

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Full UFC 279 weigh-in results and highlight gallery can be found below.

UFC 279: Chimaev vs. Diaz weigh-in results

Base map

Welterweight: Khamzat Chimaev (178.5)* vs. Nate Diaz (171)
Welterweight: Li Jingliang (170.5) vs. Tony Ferguson (171)
Catch Weight (180lb): Kevin Holland (179.5) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (179)
Catch Weight (140lb): Irene Aldana (137.5) vs. Macy Chiasson (139.5)
Light heavyweight division: Johnny Walker (205) vs. Ion Cuțelaba (205.5)

Advance card

Light weight: Hakeem Dawodu (149.5)** vs. Julian Erosa (146)
Catch Weight (220lb): Jailton Almeida (216.5) vs. Anton Turkalj (214)
Middle category: Denis Tiululin (186) vs. Jamie Pickett (185.5)
Heavy category: Jake Collier (265) vs. Chris Barnett (267.5)***

Early Advance Card

Women’s Lightweight: Norma Dumont (146) vs. Danyelle Wolf (146)
Lightweight: Chad Angeliger (135.5) vs. Alateng Haley (135)
Women, straw: Melissa Martinez (113.5) vs. Elise Reed (115.5)
Welterweight: Darian Weeks (170.5) vs Yohan Lainesse (171)

* Chimaev dropped 7.5lbs for his fight with Nate Diaz, will not continue his weight cut.

** Dawodu missed weight by 3.5lbs for his featherweight fight with Julian Erosa. According to UFC officials, he will not attempt to cut additional weight

*** Barnett loses 1.5 pounds, will not continue his weight loss.

Official UFC 279 weigh-ins

UFC 279 ceremonial weigh-ins

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