Nate Diaz will now combat Tony Ferguson in the principle occasion of UFC 279 on Saturday night time in Las Vegas.
Diaz was initially set to face Khamzat Chimaev in a extremely anticipated showdown, just for the undefeated star to come back in 7.5lbs chubby at Friday’s weigh-in and scupper the bout in consequence.
The combat was agreed at a weight of 171lbs.
Diaz stepped onto the scales first and hit that quantity precisely.
Chimaev arrived later than his opponent and scaled 178.5lbs – 7.5lbs over the restrict.
He was given a further hour to lose the additional weight, however made no try to take action.
It might after all have been nearly unimaginable for him to have the ability to drop 7.5lbs on this time.
Fortunately although, Ferguson was additionally scheduled to be on the cardboard in opposition to Li Jingliang.
Ferguson weighed in at 171lbs for that bout shortly earlier than all of the drama unfolded with the principle occasion.
The UFC spent an prolonged time period figuring out an answer on Friday, however in the end discovered the next decision.
Diaz vs Ferguson will now be the five-round predominant occasion at 171lbs.
Additionally on the cardboard, Chimaev will combat Kevin Holland over 5 rounds at 180lbs after the pair clashed earlier than the press convention which was cancelled on Thursday.
And, in consequence Li Jingliang is about to face Daniel Rodriguez, additionally at 180lbs.