UFC 279’s main event is in question when Chimaev fails to make weight

Khamzat Chimaev arrived heavy in LAS VEGAS.

For his fight against Nate Diaz in Saturday’s main event of UFC 279 in Las Vegas, the UFC contender failed to make weight on his first attempt.

Chimaev weighed in 7.5 pounds over the welterweight limit at 178.5 pounds, well over the weight cutoff. Diaz gained weight in the meanwhile, weighing in at 171 pounds.

On Saturday, the main event of UFC 279 will feature Khamzat Chimaev versus Nate Diaz, the third-ranked welterweight, who will face one of mixed martial arts’ most adored superstars. At 10 p.m. ET, the main pay-per-view UFC 279 fight event will begin at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Numerous MMA observers have touted Chimaev as a potential champion ever since he made his UFC debut in July 2020 and began dispatching opponents with a devastating mix of strength and technique. With a convincing victory over Diaz, a 15-year UFC veteran who is regarded as one of the forerunners of the sport’s expansion, he might secure a title chance.

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