UFC 279 results, highlights: Nate Diaz wins late submission from Tony Ferguson in promotional bye – CBS Sports

UFC 279 results, highlights: Nate Diaz wins late submission from Tony Ferguson in promotional bye - CBS Sports

Nothing about the UFC 279 main event was what it should have been. Nothing, that is, except for the fight between Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson serving as perhaps the perfect swan song for the ever-challenging native of Stockton, Calif., as he closed out his UFC contract with a fourth-round submission victory.

Ferguson came out of the opening moments with a leg kick-heavy attack. One of the first kicks he threw in the fight caused his shin to collide with Diaz’s, instantly opening a cut on Ferguson’s shin that would continue to bleed for the rest of the fight. Those kicks kept landing throughout the fight, causing Diaz’s lead leg to bruise and swell.

Despite taking serious damage, Diaz continued to try to chase Ferguson and throw combinations and hard left hands when he could close distance or get Ferguson’s back to the cage.

Even when Diaz had success, Ferguson continued to land hard leg kicks. Later, Diaz seemed frustrated with the damage coming in and he began pacing the outside of the cage, shaking his head as the referee demanded that he engage the fight once more.

Diaz would do this, letting his hands go more and tagging Ferguson with combinations.

In the fourth round, Ferguson sought a takedown, a move his corner had requested during the previous two rounds. That decision proved to be Ferguson’s undoing as Diaz quickly locked in a guillotine choke and pressed until Ferguson was forced to tap out at the 2:52 mark of the round.

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“Full wrestling camp,” Diaz said after the fight, explaining his willingness to defend takedown attempts with the choke. “I didn’t do boxing. So, we made it happen.”

Diaz, who confirmed he will look to find opportunities outside the Octagon with his contract now up, then addressed Khamzat Chimaev, the man he was supposed to face in the main event. Chimaev badly missed weight on Friday, forcing the UFC to shuffle three fights into three new matches.

“I was like, this is such an ass rookie,” Diaz said. “I’m not even worried about a puppy newbie.”

The loss was Ferguson’s fifth straight loss and the third time he has been shutout in that stretch. The losing skid is a sharp contrast to the 12-fight winning streak that preceded it and saw Ferguson become interim lightweight champion while establishing himself as one of the sport’s elite 155-pound fighters.

Originally set to face Li Jingliang in a three-round fight that was Ferguson’s welterweight debut, he accepted the switch to the five-round main event on Friday.

Diaz snapped his own two-fight losing skid and said he is now ready to take over another sport, perhaps hinting at a desire to meet social media star Jake Paul in the ring after Paul fights UFC legend Anderson Silva in October.

“I just know it’s been a love-hate relationship with UFC while I’ve been in this f—ing company,” Diaz said. “But I love UFC… I want to get out of the UFC for a minute and show all these UFC fighters how to take over and own another sport. How you have to do it. Conor McGregor didn’t know how to do it. None of this those other fighters know how to do it. I’m going to go there, take over another profession and become the best at it. Show everybody that I’m the best at it and then I’m right the f— back to get a mother UFC title.”

Elsewhere on the card, Diaz’s original opponent, Khamzat Chimaev, served as a reminder of his impending dominance with a first-round submission of Kevin Holland. Chimaev, who missed weight by 7.5 pounds on Friday and caused the entire overhaul of the card, was innocent in his post-fight interview and still intends to fight for the welterweight title next.

CBS Sports was with you all the way on Saturday bringing you all the results and highlights from UFC 279 below.

UFC 279 card and results

  • Nate Diaz won. Tony Ferguson via fourth-round submission (guillotine choke)
  • Khamzat Chimaev def. Kevin Holland via first-round submission (D’Arce choke)
  • Daniel Rodriguez def. Li Jingliang by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Irene Aldana def. Macy Chiasson by third-round TKO (kick)
  • Johnny Walker def. Ion Cutelaba via first-round submission (backless choke)
  • Julian Erosa def. Hakeem Dawodu by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jailton Almeida won. Anton Turkalj via first-round submission (backless choke)
  • Denis Tiuliulin def. Jamie Pickett by second-round TKO (punchers)
  • Chris Barnett won. Jake Collier by second-round TKO (punches)
  • Norma Dumont def. Danyelle Wolf via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Alatengheili def. Chad Anheliger via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Elise Reed won. Melissa Martinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Yohan Lainesse won. Darian Weeks by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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