UFC 279 live Free stream: After all the fighting, missed weight and chaos, fans will get a fight they’ve dreamed about when Nate Diaz takes on Tony Ferguson in the main event at UFC 279 on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Of course, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. Not only was Thursday’s press conference canceled after fighters and their teams engaged in a melee. But Diaz’s original opponent Khazmat Chimaev missed weight by a whopping 7 pounds. That gives us UFC: 279: Diaz vs. Ferguson live at 10 p.m. on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
It’s one of the craziest fight weeks we’ve ever seen. In the end we get a fight that fans have long clamored for: Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson, supposedly past their primes, going at it to prove who is still relevant. Add to that the fact it is the last fight on Diaz’s UFC contract and you have potential fireworks.
How did we get here?
Thursday’s brawl began after Chimaev and fighter Kevin Holland exchanged words. Holland was to face Daniel Rodriguez on the undercard. But then Chimaev missed weight on Friday.
With Chimaev weighing so much more than Diaz, the UFC scrambled, moving fighters around. Diaz will now take on Ferguson at welterweight and Holland and Chimaev (who both weighed in close to 180 pounds) can settle the feud they started backstage. That leaves Li Jingaling (Ferguson’s original opponent at UFC 279) to take on Daniel Rodriguez (Holland’s original opponent). Got that? Good.
What time does UFC 279 start?
Regardless of the changes, this is arguably a more anticipated card than it was prior to Thursday. Early prelims for UFC 279 begin at 6 p.m. EST and stream exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. Regular prelims start at 8 p.m. and air on ESPNews or ESPN+. The main card starts at 10 p.m. on ESPN+ pay-per-view with the showdown between Chimaev and Diaz likely to begin just after midnight, depending on the length of the undercard fights.
How to watch it?
MMA fans craving the prelims can subscribe and download the UFC Fight Pass app. For the prelims, ESPNews is available on Fubo TV, which is currently offering a FREE TRIAL for its streaming packages. UFC 279′s main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+ (Click HERE to order).
The PPV price for UFC 279 is $74.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $99.98 for the pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription. You can also sign up for the Disney Bundle, which features subscriptions to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu.
You can check out the full list of fights for UFC 279 below, featuring odds from Caesar’s Sportsbook. You’ll want to pay attention closely. Diaz went from a huge underdog against Chimaev to a close fight odds-wise with Ferguson. Now it’s Holland who the sportsbooks think will get smashed.
- Tony Ferguson -170 vs. Nate Diaz +145, welterweights
- Khamzat Chimaev -420 vs. Kevin Holland +330, 180-pound catchweight
- Daniel Rodriguez -160 vs. Li Jingliang +135, 180-pound catchweight
- Irene Aldana -175 vs. Macy Chiasson +150, women’s bantamweights
- Ion Cutelaba -220 vs. Johnny Walker +180, light heavyweights
- Hakeem Dawodu -230 vs. Julian Erosa +190, featherweights
- Jailton Almeida -700 vs. Anton Turkalj +500, light heavyweights
- Jamie Pickett -135 vs. Denis Tiuliulin +115, middleweights
- Jake Collier -440 vs. Chris Barnett +340, heavyweights
- Norma Dumont -420 vs. Danyelle Wolf +330, women’s featherweights
- Alatengheili -165 vs. Chad Anheliger +140, bantamweights
- Melissa Martinez -170 vs. Elise Reed +145, women’s strawweights
- Darian Weeks -125 vs. Yohan Lainesse +105, welterweights