In a press conference after Dana White’s Contender Series 50, the 53-year-old admitted that he has been working on adding another fight to the card to be main-evented by Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev in a welterweight bout.
“Yes, working on it today. We’re going to throw a few more fights, not one. Yeah, it’s going to be a good card.”
Other fights on the UFC 279 card include middleweight Denis Tiuliulin, who aims to record his first UFC win by beating Jamie Pickett.
Johnny Walker squares off against Ion Cutelaba in a light heavyweight clash, while Shamil Abdurakhimov of Russia takes on rising star Jailton Almeida.
In a newly added fight, Jake Collier will take on the always-energetic Chris Barnett in the heavyweight division.
In the women’s divisions, Melissa Martinez makes her UFC debut against Elise Reed in a strawweight fight.
At the same time, No.4 ranked bantamweight Irene Aldana sets her sights on a title opportunity hoping for a win over Macy Chiasson.
The main event of the evening sees undefeated No.3-ranked contender Khamzat Chimaev battle Nate Diaz in what will be the last fight of the Stockton native’s UFC contract.
Chimaev is 5-0 since debuting in the UFC and poses a serious threat to the veteran, who last won a fight back in 2019, beating Anthony Pettis at UFC 241.