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Nate Diaz and the real winners and losers at UFC 279

Lyle Fitzsimmons@@fitzbitzTwitter Logo Featured Columnists III September 11, 2022
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AP Photo/John Locher Think you’ve had a busy week? with Dana White’s That might be nothing compared to that.

The UFC czar saw his Friday last minute turnaround in the monthly pay-per-view when prospective main event Khamzat Chimaev missed the weight in each of the first three fights on the card Need to swap fighters. Chimaev’s original opponent, Nate Diaz took on veteran lightweight-turned-welterweight Tony Ferguson in the Main Event, while Chimaev dropped to No. 2 against Kevin Holland. Ferguson and Holland’s original rivals – Li Jingliang and Daniel Rodriguez – faced off in the third round. Whole 13 The game was broadcast live on ESPN+, with an announcement team of Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan, while Megan Olivi worked in the room with feature films and breaking news. The B/R battle group is also in place to compile the final roster of winners and losers from Saturday night’s tumultuous Las Vegas night. Scroll through our thoughts , and leave a thought or two in the comments.

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    Jeff Botari/Zuffa limited liability company Neither Diaz nor Ferguson are likely to be world champions. But that doesn’t mean that, even though both are 40 years old, they can’t put together a convincing piece, despite scheduling the fight into the main event round in front of an adoring crowd. Round 4 at UFC The aging featherweight swapped kicks, punches and the occasional odd gesture in three rounds before Diaz turned Ferguson’s knockout attempt into a guillotine choke at 2:52 to show in the Nevada desert. This is Diaz The final battle with the company’s existing contract, which he later said would be his last for the time being, as he moves forward with plans to shift gears and take over “another sport.” He never specified what the sport was, but Diaz could have a crossover showdown with social media star-turned-boxer Jake Paul. “I’m going there , take over another career and become the best at it,” he said. “Then I’ll hurry back and get a UFC championship.”

    Ferguson decides to take Diaz to the mat for a knockout, but Dee Yaz wrapped his left arm under Ferguson’s throat in the process and tightened the submission attempt with his right. Tap Victory is Dee Yaz’s 10th career win gave him the only fourth in UFC history and the first since he stifled Conor McGregor in 2016. This is his since 2019 His first win after a losing streak in 2018 and his fifth in a row for Ferguson, who hasn’t won since 2019, suffered two KOs, two suspension decisions, and now surrendered. “It’s funny,” said Ferguson, whose left calf was bleeding after Diaz checked the kick and was punched in the right eye by Diaz. Super fighting is what you want and what you get. “Four Wheels of Massacre.”

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    It’s a lot like old-fashioned wrestling. Chimaev was acquired as a hero in the past success. On Saturday night, he thrived as a villain. This headquarters The Sweden-based threat lost a few pounds on Friday and was heavily booed by the crowd at the T-Mobile Arena. However, he still handled his business in a quick manner, handing the opening round of new rivals the Netherlands in just over two minutes in the co-main event. “I am the most dangerous person here. I am here for everyone,” Chimayev said. “I will kill everyone.” He certainly looked to be against the Dutch role, with whom he was involved in leading up to Thursday The backstage brawl over the cancellation of the afternoon press conference. The undefeated supernova charged through the cage, put Holland on the mat in five seconds, never let him get up, crushed him back and forth on the mat, then chased the D’Arce choke and finally made sure it was in Surrender at 2:13. “so The attack is just knowing that the guy doesn’t have anything for you,” Cormier said. “It’s horrible. He took it down and made him look like he didn’t know what he was doing.” Chimaev in UFC at 170 pounds ranked third and claimed he would pursue both the welterweight and middleweight belts. “I’ll get two belts,” he said. “I’m going to beat these two guys and bring home the championship.”

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    by Irene Aldana The situation is bad. She’s about to end the second Rounds, where she was knocked down and beaten for the better part of five minutes in a row, found herself flat on her back against a strong Messi Chiasson at the start of the third round. Then she changed the fight. And maybe the sport. Aldana with heel Kiasson kicked to the right side of the standing body, instantly knocking her to her knees, making her unable to continue, referee Jason Herzog and the broadcast team fell into a shocked silence. This is only the third time in UFC history that the ball has landed on the foot, and the first time it has hit the victim’s body. 2 points in the third quarter 21 points officially ended. “She probably changed the sport,” Cormier said. “We might now see it as a strategy.”

      Aldana hits first-round with outstanding strike Force dominated and nearly clinched the win with the boom, but Chiasson quickly regained the aforementioned dominance in the second. “We train all kinds of techniques, crazy and practical,” Aldana said. “The situation is very big tonight.” After Chiasson’s weight loss problems, the fight started in the 140-pound heavyweight class. Aldana entered Day 4 at 135 pounds, while Chiasson was six spots behind at No. 10. “With this It’s a challenge to fight this kind of weight. She’s heavy,” Aldana said. 4 of 9

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    Welcome back to the big time, Johnny Walker. Charming 6’6′ Brazilian from After Dana graduated, he was one of the rising stars of the UFC White’s Contenders series

    and started his Octagon career with three consecutive first-round games. But it’s all fast Just flopped, losing four of the next five games — including two first-round KOs and two wide decisions — the once prospect has turned dangerously into skepticism. Considering Saturday’s game Ion Cutelaba’s first two minutes of one-sided honed nature didn’t look much better. But Walker was able to spin and get up a round at the midpoint of the first quarter and quickly beat Cutelaba with a slam, then spent the next two minutes chasing the submission, eventually locking out a naked stranglehold that ended at 4:37. flow circle. It was Walker’s 19th career win in 26 fights, but it was only his third submission victory and first since his guillotine choke win in 2017. He won 15 times by KO. “I’m getting better, “He says. “I want to kill people on the ground, not knock them out.

    “It’s all about two words: commitment and consistency. Without commitment, you’ll never start, and without consistency, you’ll never finish. “

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    Jeff Bottary/Zuffa LLC Betting on prelims is never an exact science. These fighters are usually of a lower profile than their main card contemporaries , which means that the speculative mentality needs to do homework to accumulate. But there is potential for profit on Saturday night. Riding the underdog’s train through eight fights on an early prelims/preliminary card is an active adventure, thanks to the B-side fighters of five wins for a total of $600. Eight all-in favorites lose $780.

    Charismatic heavyweight Chris Barnett is the biggest high-risk, high-reward proposition, thanks to his love for Jack Colley A thrilling rally in Tseung Kwan O, where a $100 bet returned $415.

    With him against chalk is a strawweight Elise Reed, who beat Melissa Martinez by +145; middleweight Denis Tiuliulin, who stopped Jamie Pickett by +110 in round 2 ; Welterweight Yohan Lainesse, whose -105 bill is slightly lower than Darian Weeks in his points -115 billing before split decision win; and featherweight Julian Erosa, who scored +175 before beating Hakeem Dawodu. 6 of 9

    Jeff · Botari/Zurfa LLC may be KO. Possibly a post. But one thing is for sure Yes, about the Jailton Almeida fight: they won’t last long. This rising The Brazilian star scored his 13th first-rounder in 17 career games, quickly beating late substitute Anton Turkagui before beating him on the mat and strangling him at the end of a fight The opening session is just after 4:27. The 31-year-old The player’s overall record in the UFC is 17 wins and 2 losses, and the record in the UFC is 3 wins and 0 losses White Dana competition Series

    a year ago . He debuted at light heavyweight but met Turkalj in the 220-pound heavyweight bout, after which he said he planned to fight at heavyweight. All 17 of his games The victories all ended with 6 KOs and 11 commits in two rounds or less. The post-naked choke on the previously undefeated Turkalj was his ninth win this way. He was in the first 30 seconds Nee knocked Turkalj down and remained in control, switching between hard punches and chasing submission. It ended when a prone Turkalj turned and blocked his fists with his hands and arms, leaving an opening for Almeida to sneak his right arm around his enemy’s throat and be lightened within 10 seconds. shoot. “He’s patient and technical, and he’s an exciting contender for talent — a rich division,” Rogan said.

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      Let’s face it, Chris Barnett doesn’t look like this role.

      He is more like Michelin Man rather than muscle man, he became the second underweight UFC heavyweight when he weighed 267.5 pounds in a preliminary bout with Jack Collier. But this is obviously related to Spain It doesn’t matter what a person looks like. Barnett’s left eye was cut and swollen and his jaw appeared to be disfigured after a brutal first round, but he survived the fight and a cage-side doctor’s visit to unite, Ending his Missouri opponent in the second round kept the still half-full building happy.

      “Me and the dudes love Jack and that’s what we do. That’s why we’re involved,” Barnett said. “We’re here for all of you and I love it. It means the world to me.” Collier starts the second round, hoping to continue his barrage, but when Barnett completes a knockdown attempt and quickly climbs When it came to Collier’s back, momentum shifted. He unloaded torrents left and right as Collier wriggled to survive, but ultimately landed at 2:24 with enough shots to force referee Mark Smith to take a shot.

      bar Nate celebrated the victory with a front flip, and he turned on his back, dizzy. “I’m a turtle shell,” Barnett said. “You let me support you, I just stay there.”

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      Considering that you were standing almost all the time during the two rounds, you Multi-time amateur boxing champion Danyelle Wolf would be considered good. You are wrong.

      Although better than rival Norma Dumont, the 39-year-old was briefly at the end of a 10-minute intense fight, culminating in a knockout on the mat in the final five games, while taking 30-27, 30-27, and 20 full-time scores waived wide decision-26. “She’s a great boxer, but I’m also a great striker, and I want to make sure I bring it out,” Dumont Said he competed in a featherweight bout as the UFC’s No. 15 Bantam. “I’m really proud that I can hit the ball as hard as a high-level boxer.” Indeed, Wolfe had won national boxing titles in 2013, 2014, and 2015, but switched full-time to general after missing the chance to compete in the Olympics fighting.

      She debuted as a professional Dana White’s Contenders Series contracted in 2020, But was waived twice in 2020 against Dumont in the second round, including a second right-handed hard that put her flat on her back. Dumont put things back on the floor early in the final round and beat her throughout the bout, causing Wolf’s right eye to swell and her nose to bleed from the final buzzer. “I want to teach her something called Jiu-Jitsu,” Dumont said.

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      Master Card Nate Diaz def. Submitted by Tony Ferguson (Guillotine Choke), 2:52, Round 4

      Khamzat Chimaev def. Kevin Holland submission (D’Arce choke), 2:13, first round Daniel Rodriguez def. Li Jingliang decided to split (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Erin Aldana def. Macy Chiasson by KO (kick), 2:21, Round 3 Johnny Walker definition. Submitted by Ion Cutelaba (rear bare choke), 4:37, round 1

      Primary Card

      Julian Erosa def. Hakim Davado by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

      Prison Almeida def. Submitted by Anton Turkalj (after naked suffocation), 4:27, round 1

      Denis Tiuliulin def. Jamie Pickett TKO (fist), 4:52, Round 2

      Chris Barnett def. Jack Collier, TKO (punching), 2:24, 2nd round

      Early Primary Card

        Norma Dumont definition. Danyelle Wolf unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) Alaten Hurley def. Chad Anheliger unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Elise Reed definition. Melissa Martinez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

        Yohan Lainesse def. Darian Weeks by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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