UFC 279 was great after all.
Hours before the event, Khamzat Chimaev failed to make weight, and this triggered a series of changes to the main card, which, in the end, offered better battles.
We take a look back at some takeaways from UFC 279, held in Las Vegas this past Saturday.
Chimaev must redeem
As always, Chimaev looked unstoppable in the octagon after crushing Kevin Holland and submitting him in just two minutes of the first round. As soon as the fight began, Chimaev took Holland down, and it was only a matter of time before he scored another win.
Yes, Chimaev beat a tougher opponent than Nate Diaz, but he still must redeem himself for missing weight.
It is possible that the Chechnya-born fighter will get another chance to fight at 170 pounds. If he fails to make weight again, the UFC should force him to fight at middleweight.
The perfect match for Chimaev: Colby Covington is the man. In this hypothetical matchup, we would have two of the best grapplers in the division, with different but effective striking styles. Whoever wins this fight deserves a direct title shot.
Irene Aldana is close to contention
Seeing Irene Aldana knocking Macy Chiasson out with a heel to the liver from the bottom was something that was not on anyone's mind, and it was amazing.
We have always known that the Mexican's boxing is one of the best in the women's division, but her ground game was phenomenal during the whole fight.
A fight between Aldana and Julianna Pena to determine the next challenger to Amanda Nunes is something fans would be happy to see.
Li Jingliang is a tough MF
Li Jingliang was scheduled to fight Kevin Holland at 170 lbs., and overnight, he accepted without question a fight with a beast like Daniel Rodriguez at 180 lbs.
The Chinese didn't care about the size disadvantage against D-Rod and went to make his fight. Despite losing by split decision, for many, Li Jingliang won the fight.
One more for Nate Diaz
Nate Diaz snapped a two-fight losing streak after submitting Tony Ferguson in the fourth round, ironically, at 2:09 minutes. Nate Diaz snapped a two-fight losing streak after submitting Tony Ferguson in the fourth round, ironically, at 2:09 minutes. It appears that this will be his last fight in the octagon, as he only has one more fight left on his contract.
If there is one more fight for Nate Diaz, it should be with Conor McGregor to close out an epic trilogy, which so far has one win per side.
Both are in the final stages of their careers, they know how to sell a fight and they have history. It's sure to be a big deal, everyone will want to see Diaz and McGregor step into the octagon one more time.
Tony we love you, but please stop
Tony Ferguson is a UFC legend, and that's not in question. "El Cucuy" not only won The Ultimate Fighter but also remained elite for years, fighting with the best and always putting on a good show for the fans.
The problem is that, beyond his five consecutive defeats, we see that he continues to suffer great damage to his health. Ferguson is a true warrior and will want to fight until his body can't take it anymore, but that's when you have to think about the future and step aside.
Michael Chandler's front kick, the war with Justin Gaethje, these are fights that take years off your life. Nate Diaz took this fight lightly and still managed to finish him.