UFC 279 fight card and start times: Chimeav vs. Diaz

Khamzat Chimaev

Las Vegas – UFC returns to Las Vegas with a can’t-miss welterweight thriller that will see undefeated #3 ranked contender Khamzat Chimaev battle perennial fan favorite Nate Diaz.

UFC 279: Chimeav vs. Diaz takes place at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, Sept. 10, with the main card at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ PPV. The prelims will be seen on ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the night’s action starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT with Early Prelims on ESPN+ (English and Spanish) and UFC Fight Pass.

Fast-rising star Chimaev (11-0) fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden by way of Chechnya, Russia has wasted no time turning heads since joining the UFC roster in 2020. A talented striker and grappler, he has delivered memorable victories against Gilbert Burns, Li Jingliang, and Gerald Meerschaert. Chimaev now looks to steal the show in his first main event opportunity by stopping a UFC superstar in an emphatic fashion.

Diaz (21-13) fighting out of Stockton, Calif. has long proven himself to be among the most popular and skilled athletes in MMA. Throughout his career, The Ultimate Fighter season five winner has earned epic wins over Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis, and Jim Miller. Diaz now intends to hand Chimaev his first professional loss by delivering another vintage performance.

Additional bouts on the card include Denis Tiuliulin (10-6) fighting out of Moscow, Russia going for his first UFC win when he meets Jamie Pickett (13-7) fighting out of Wilmington, N.C. at middleweight. No. 13 ranked light heavyweight contender Johnny Walker (18-7) fighting out of Dublin, Ireland by way of Rio das Ostras, Brazil squares off with Ion Cutelaba (16-6-1 1NC) fighting out of Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.


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Jake Collier (13-7) fighting out of Cuba, Mo. locks horns with Chris Barnett (22-8) fighting out of Athens, Ga. in an intriguing heavyweight matchup. Dana White’s Contender Series signee Chad Anheliger (12-5) fighting out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada aims to keep his momentum going when he meets Alatengheili (15-8-2) fighting out of Beijing, China at bantamweight.

No. 13 ranked heavyweight contender Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-7) fighting out of Dagestan, Russia takes on surging prospect Jailton Almeida (16-2) fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Undefeated Melissa Martinez (7-0) fighting out of Mexico City, Mexico makes her UFC debut against Elise Reed (5-2) fighting out of Princeton, N.J. in a strawweight clash.

Norma Dumont (7-2) fighting out of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil faces Dana White’s Contender Series contract winner and three-time U.S. national amateur boxing champion Danyelle Wolf (1-0) fighting out of San Diego, Calif. at featherweight. No. 4 ranked contender Irene Aldana (13-6) fighting out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico faces No. 11 Macy Chiasson (9-2) fighting out of Dallas, Texas by way of New Orleans, La. in a pivotal women’s bantamweight bout.

(Mandatory Credit: Zuffa LLC)

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