UFC 279: Diaz Vs. Ferguson Prelim And Undercard Live Results, Recaps, And Highlights: Chimaev Submits Holland In First Round Of Co-Main Event

Kicking off UFC 279 fight day at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will be four early preliminary matches taking place exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.

Following, on ESPN+, the preliminary card will get started at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Finally, the Pay-Per-View main card will go live at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. The broadcast will consist of five fights and will conclude with Nate Diaz versus Tony Ferguson in the main event. The main event competitors are expected to make their cage walks at roughly 1 a.m. ET / 10 p.m. PT.

 

Follow the Live Results and Highlights below, provided by FIGHT SPORTS

 

Main Card 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT (PPV) Live Results:

Co-Main Event: Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland – 180-Pound Catchweight

Immediately and furiously, Khamzat Chimaev exploded into a takedown at the start of the first round. While Kevin Holland was able to granby roll and scramble to his feet, it would not take long for the fight to be back on the canvas with Chimaev in a dominant position. Once Chimaev saw the opportunity, he grabbed a hold of Holland’s neck and locked in a D’arce choke. Holland was able to survive for a short period of time, but ultimately he had no choice other than to tap out to the pressure of Chimaev’s squeeze. Chimaev has now added a 12th win to his undefeated record, while Holland has suffered his 8th loss in 31 fights.

Official Result: Khamzat Chimaev def. Kevin Holland via Submission (D’arce Choke) – Round 1, 2:13

 

Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez – 180-Pound Catchweight

This 180-pound bout was a strategic affair from start to finish. Both fighters planned their moves and picked their strikes carefully. After getting clipped by Li Jingliang in the second round, Rodriguez appeared to become slightly more hesitant and unwilling to throw too many big shots as the fear of getting countered lingered in his mind. That being said, he stayed out of harms way and utilized the jab very well. With the last minute opponent change in mind, both athletes fought very well and kept things extremely competitive.

Official Result: Daniel Rodriguez def. Li Jingliang via Decision (Split) 28-29, 29-28, 29-28

 

Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson – 140-Pound Catchweight

In the first round of this exciting catchweight matchup, Aldana certainly had the upper hand as she controlled the grappling exchanges well and attempted several submissions, including an armbar which Chiasson narrowly escaped. At the beginning of the second round, a failed leg lock attempt by Aldana resulted in Chiasson taking control of the ground game, and in turn winning the round in dominant fashion. During the final round, Chiasson found herself standing above Aldana as she looked to pass the guard. Aldana threw an upkick from the bottom that connected perfectly to the liver of Chiasson. She collapsed to the ground in agony, resulting in the match being stopped and Aldana being awarded the TKO victoy.

Official Result: Irene Aldana def. Macy Chiasson via TKO (Upkick to the Liver) – Round 3, 2:21

 

Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba – Light Heavyweight

Looking to bounce back following a nasty knockout in his last appearance, Johnny Walker started the fight in a rough bottom position following a takedown from Ion Cutelaba. Walker was able to get back to his feet and return the favor by taking down his opponent and immediately securing back control. From there, it was the beginning of the end for Cutelaba as Walker was able to cinch his arm under the chin and secure the choke. Through this victory, Walker improves his record to 19-7. Meanwhile, Cutelaba adds an eighth loss to his 25 fight career.

Official Result: Johnny Walker def. Ion Cutelaba via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 1, 4:37

 

Preliminary Card 8 p.m. ET (ESPN+) Live Results

Julian Erosa def. Hakeem Dawodu via Decision (Unanimous) – 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Jailton Almeida def. Anton Turkalj via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 1, 4:27

Denis Tiuliulin def. Jamie Pickett via TKO (Ground and Pound) – Round 2, 4:52

Chris Barnett def. Jake Collier via TKO (Ground and Pound) – Round 2, 2:24

Early Prelims 6 p.m. ET (UFC Fight Pass) Live Results

Norma Dumont def. Danyelle Wolf via Decision (Unanimous) – 30-27, 30-27, 30-26

Alatengheili def. Chad Anheliger via Decision (Unanimous) – 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Elise Reed def. Melissa Martinez via Decision (Unanimous) – 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Yohan Lainesse def. Darian Weeks via Decision (Split) – 29-28, 29-28, 28-29

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