Khamzat Chimaev claims to be the hitman that the UFC has hired to finish off Nate Diaz in this weekend's main event. The card was built around that fight, and, while initially lackluster, Dana White and Hunter Campbell have added lots of other talent from their vast roster to draw more fans in. UFC 279 is almost underway; allow us to inform, excite, and prepare you to bet on the upcoming fun.
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Real Life Superhero
Texas's very own Kevin Holland has gained fame not only for his octagon success, but for his street level heroics. He's stopped car jackers and purse stealers, and probably saved a cat or two from trees along the way. He's had an entertaining UFC career as well, having fought some of the top middleweights, and more recently, moved down to the welterweight division to find more success. He's gone 2-0 since the weight change and faces Daniel "D-Rod" this weekend. D-Rod is the stouter, stronger man, and the matchup against Kevin Holland's lanky frame and kung-fu style is intriguing. Find out who we're taking in this matchup, you can skip to 26:25 in this week's episode.
El Cucuy vs The Leech
Tony Ferguson was victim of one of the most devastating knockouts of all time at the hands of Mike Chandler just three months ago. He did, however, have good moments in the fight, especially midway through the first round. Li Jingliang has solid KO power and boxing ability. Tony Ferguson is an underdog this week, with a bit of a tantalizing line at +225 to Li's -265. We split on our picks for this fight- which was surprising because one of us is a longtime Tony fan and actually picked against him. To find out who faded one of their favorites this week, tune in at 31:37.
Could This Be The End of A Legend?
Nate Diaz is on the last fight of his contract. A long, storied career, with some of the most memorable fights in the history of the sport will soon come to a close. Due to some problems making fights for Nate over the last few years, the UFC had grown annoyed and decided that, as a sendoff, he'd fight the scariest prospect in the welterweight division in Khamzat Chimaev. Khamzat ran his way through the division before his last fight, which was a 15 minute war with Gilbert Burns. That fight will go down as one of the greatest of all time. Nate is a bit past his prime and isn't as fast he used to be. However, you cant count Nate out of any fight, even when he is a +630 underdog. Did we go with the -1200 favorite Khamzat this week? Skip to 37:51 to see!