UFC 279 PPV event will take place on Saturday night in sold T-Mobile Arena. While many question the quality of the card, the diehard UFC addicts know that judging the book by its cover might be a serious mistake.
Plus, the UFC press conference is going to be a banger, Nate Diaz has significantly improved his trash-talking skills. Let’s be honest, the guy was smoking weed while USADA was inside of his home! Nate Diaz Vs Khamzat Chimaev press conference has to be amazing, especially if Nate comes high as f*ck!
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Where To Watch UFC 279 Press Conference?
You can enjoy the presser on UFC’s official YouTube channel. It kicks off at 7 PM ET (1 AM CET Friday).
UFC 279 Media Day Highlights
Check the greatest moments from the UFC 279 media day in the playlist below. The first part of UFC Las Vegas news took part on Wednesday, enjoy the best moments!
Khamzat Chimaev looked optimistic, he hopes Nate Diaz “can survive for five rounds and leave UFC as a warrior”. Nate Diaz is ready for his UFC exit. The Stockton slap expert confessed that he gave up on preparing for the Khamzat Chimaev bout.
Li Jingliang says “kill or be killed” ahead of his war against Tony Ferguson, while the former interim 155-pound champ Tony still dreams of his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov (reminder – it was postponed 6 times in the past). Kevin Holland believes Khamzat Chimaev only acts tough throughout the media, while Daniel Rodriguez plans to light a joint for Nate Diaz’s final fight.
After a 14-month layoff, Irene Aldana is ready for a title shot. Macy Chiasson wants more women to bounce between 135, and 145-pound weight classes. Johnny Walker opened up about quitting CBD, and THC products, while Cutelaba says “I’ve got some high heels to deal with Walker’s height”. Hakeem Dawodu believes his time for a UFC championship run is now, while Julian Erosa reflected on his rivalry with Paddy Pimblett.
UFC 279 Press Conference Highlights
Well, technically, the presser was called off, as there was a backstage melee between Nate Diaz, Kevin Holland, Khamzat Chimaev, and one other unnamed fighter. Dana White had no choice but to cancel the presser for everybody’s safety. Khamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland kicked off the altercation, which later escalated.
NOTE: ALL THE TRANSCRIPTIONS WERE TAKEN FROM THE VIDEOS.
Dana White Speaks About Presser Cancellation
Here’s what Dana White said about the presser:
“Let me just start out by saying I’m not going to tell everybody what went on back here.”
“Multiple crazy – I don’t even know what to call it. However, many years, 22 years, however long I’ve been doing this, we’ve never had an incident like today. All hell broke loose out here. I don’t even know how to (say it).”
Dana White described the situation as “very physical” with “lots going on” backstage, so he had no choice but to call off the presser. Oh, objects were thrown too.
Dana then decided to bring fighters in pairs, so Kevin Holland and Daniel Rodriguez answered a few questions, but then the UFC president decided to shut the whole thing down.
Kevin Holland Vs Daniel Rodriguez Lone Pairing Kung Fu Styles Discussion
Despite “a sh*t show” before, Holland and Rodriguez came out, shook their hands, and sat in their places to answer the questions.
Things quickly turned towards fighters’ martial arts backgrounds and plans for the upcoming bout. Nobody was willing to describe what happened behind the curtains.
“I’m a kung fu black belt, you got any black belts?” Holland asked Rodriguez mid-response. “So, I think it’s a little better in a couple different areas. That being said, the man’s still dangerous. I’ll watch out for it, so it’s going to be a fun night.”
Rodriguez joked around, claiming the two saved the card, and also looked back at a quote from the famous song.
“I think it’s going to be Fight of the Night,” Rodriguez said. “I feel like we saved the card, to be real with you. … We don’t be in a f*cking kung fu fight, I know that for sure. We gonna be in a fight, fight. So, I ain’t trippin’ on no kung fu black belt, anything.”
“Everybody’s kung fu fighting, I don’t know what the f*ck this dude’s talking about,” Holland interrupted, giving a nod to Carl Douglas’ hit song. “Everybody’s kung fu fighting.”
Unfortunately, after a few questions were answered, the UFC president stopped the presser. This is a historical moment for the promotion… in a negative way!
Please stay tuned to the NYFights for the latest UFC 279 news, the UFC 279 full fight card looks pretty much promising!