UFC icons Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson will now meet in the main event of UFC 279 on Saturday in Las Vegas following a wild sequence of events that saw the top three fights on the card reshuffled at the last minute.
Diaz's original opponent, third-ranked welterweight Khamzat Chimaev, missed the weight limit of 170 by nearly 10 pounds on Friday. Ultimately, he was pulled from the main event and paired in the co-main event against Kevin Holland, who has fought at welterweight and middleweight and was scheduled to fight Daniel Rodriguez on Saturday.
Ferguson was set to face welterweight prospect Li Jingliang, who now faces Rodriguez. Ultimately, Ferguson vs. Diaz provides a competitive matchup of two fading fan favorites who never met in the cage despite both spending most of their careers in the same weight class.
Ferguson is a -135 favorite (risk $135 to win $100), while Diaz is priced at +115 (risk $100 to win $115) in the latest Caesars Sportsbook odds for UFC 279. The main fight card begins at 10 p.m. ET.
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