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UFC 279 will take place on Saturday. The action from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is set to begin at 6 p.m. ET with the early prelims (ESPN+), followed by the prelims at 8 p.m. (ESPN News), and the Main Card at 10 p.m. (ESPN+ and PPV).
There’ll be a total of 13 fights during the event in the welterweight, catchweight, bantamweight, light heavyweight, featherweight, heavyweight, middleweight, women’s featherweight, women’s strawweight, and women’s bantamweight.
The Main Card consists of Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson (welterweight), Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez (catchweight), Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland (catchweight), Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson (women’s catchweight) and Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba (light heavyweight).
Ferguson has -125 odds, while Diaz is at +105. Rodriguez has -155 odds, in contrast to +130 for Jingliang. Chimaev is set at -550 and Holland is +400. Aldana checks in at -180, with Chiasson at +155. Cutelaba is pegged at -220 and Walker is +180.
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Diaz is 21-13-0. The 37-year-old Diaz has five knockout victories, with the majority of his wins by submission (11). Ten of Diaz’s 13 losses are by decision. The 38-year-old Ferguson is 26-7-0. He has earned 12 knockouts, eight submission wins, and five by decision. Ferguson has bowed out twice by knockout, once by submission, and four times by decision.
Jingliang has a 19-7-0 record. The 34-year-old Jingliang has notched 10 knockout victories and four by submission. Jingliang has five wins and losses each by decision. The 35-year-old Rodriguez has a 16-2-0 record. Rodriguez has eight knockouts, four wins by submission, and four by decision. Both of Rodriguez’s losses have been by decision.
The 28-year-old Chimaev is undefeated with an 11-0-0 record. Of Chimaev’s 11 victories, six have been by knockout, four by submission, and one by decision. The 29-year-old Holland is 23-7-0 with one no contest. Holland has claimed 13 victories through knockout, six by submission, and four by decision. Holland has lost twice by submission and five times by decision.
The 34-year-old Aldana is 13-6-0. The 31-year-old Chiasson has registered a 9-2-0 mark. Aldana has seven knockouts to her name, with three apiece from submission and by decision. Aldana has been knocked out twice and lost four times by decision. Chiasson has two wins apiece by knockout and submission, plus four by decision. Chiasson has lost once each by submission and decision.
The 30-year-old Walker has an 18-7-0 record. The 28-year-old Cutelaba is 16-7-1 with one no contest. Walker has done the majority of his damage through 15 knockouts, along with two wins by submission, and one by decision. Walker has been knocked out four times, lost by submission once, and was defeated by decision twice. Cutelaba checks in with 12 knockouts, and two wins apiece by submission and decision. Cutelaba’s losses vary from knockout (2), by submission (3), by decision (1), and through disqualification (1). Cutelaba has also had one draw.
For the prelims, it’s Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa (featherweight), Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalj (catchweight), Denis Tiuliulin vs. Jamie Pickett (middleweight) and Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett (heavyweight).
Dawodu has -220 odds, while Erosa is at +180. Almeida is set at -700 in comparison to Turkalj at +500. Pickett is given -135 odds in contrast to Denis Tiuliulin with +115. Collier checks in with -470 odds and Barnett is +360.
In terms of the early prelims, it’ll be Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf (women’s featherweight), Chad Anhelinger vs. Alateng (bantamweight), Melissa Martinez vs. Elise Reed (flyweight), and Darian Weeks vs. Yohan Lainesse (welterweight).
Dumont has -410 odds, while Wolf is +320. Anhelinger is tabbed at +140 and Alateng is -165. Martinez is slated at -170 in comparison to Reed at +145. Weeks is projected at -125 odds and Lainesse is +105.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.