Nate Diaz is no new to a controversial fight week and the build up to facing Tony Ferguson, instead of Khamzat Chimaev in the Main Event of UFC 279, didn’t change him, his style or persona even after securing victory in the fourth round.
Diaz was initially scheduled to face undefeated Russian Khamzat Chimaev in the Main event but the latter failed Tom make weight forcing the promotion to make shuffles in order to save the fight card. Tony Ferguson was promoted to the Main Event, while Chimaev was rescheduled to Kelvin Holland in the Co-Main event.
Diaz and Ferguson went in ready for the battle and immediately went at it, swinging punches and kicks till they eventually settled in a more calculated pace. Diaz connected a kick on Ferguson’s shin and that opened up a cut and blood poured, he later followed that up with a two punch combination that forced and acknowledgement from Ferguson, a fist bump and a smile before returning to the centre of the cage.
Ferguson looked to up his offensive game in the second round, had a few successes but Diaz made adjustments and was able to contain and connected some good shot of his own. Diaz connected a huge strike on Ferguson, opening up a cut just over his right eye before the round ended.
The fight resumed in the third with Diaz controlling the early proceedings, giving himself a smile once Ferguson dared to level up with him. Moments later, a kick from Ferguson hurt Diaz and he shook his head and walked away leaving Ferguson in the middle of the cage, he place his hands on the cage standing there while ‘El Cucuy’ waited. This prompted the referee to motion him back to the fight.
Diaz no doubt fought the way he wanted to fight irrespective of the way everyone saw it. He started the fourth with some quick action, forcing Ferguson back with some quick combinations, maintained the pressure on Ferguson, forcing him to shoot for a takedown. Diaz countered that with a guillotine choke and Ferguson gave the tap moments later. The stoppage was exactly 2:52 of the fourth round.
Diaz, who has been active since joining the promotion in 2007, won the “The Ultimate Fighter Season 5” and now back in the win column in what might be his last appearance in the Octagon. With 28 outings to his name, Diaz was open about his feeling about the relationship with the UFC in his post fight speech.
“All I know is it’s been a love-hate relationship with the UFC the whole time I’ve been in this f*cking organization,” Diaz said during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
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Diaz entered the fight on the back of two losses to Jorge Masvidal and the Leon Edwards the reigning champion. Before then, he won a unanimous decision over former Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in 2019.
Ferguson has now lost five in a row, a streak the started back in his interim title fight loss with Justin Gaethje at UFC 249. Before then he had accumulated a 12 fight winning streak that saw him win the interim lightweight title defeating Kevin Lee at UFC 216.
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