Kevin Iole recaps the UFC 279 PPV Card.
KEVIN IOLE: What is up, everybody? Kevin Iole here at T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. UFC 279 just ended. Nate Diaz goes out a winner. He submits Tony Ferguson with a guillotine choke with 2:52 of the fourth round. It was a vintage Diaz performance. He actually closed as a +125 underdog, but there were six times as many tickets on Diaz as there was on Ferguson, who closed at -150.
Diaz used his boxing to hurt Ferguson. It kind of busted him up starting in the second round and really was opening up on him in the fourth. They went down to the ground in the fourth round. Diaz submitted-- got that guillotine choke and Ferguson was forced to tap. Diaz left open the possibility he may return to the UFC, but, first, he said he wants to show fighters how to own another sport. So we'll see what that means.
In the co-main event, Khamzat Chimaev, who missed weight and did not get the chance to fight Nate Diaz, ended up dominating Kevin Holland. He came out, go for Holland's legs in the first second, just kept working on takedowns, and going for a submission. He finally got the dark choke. He wins that. He closed as a -600 favorite at BETMGM. Most of the tickets were on Holland because there wasn't a lot of value to be had and Chimaev had that kind of number.
And then, finally, Daniel Rodriguez won his fight by split decision over Li Jingliang. He closed at -165. It was kind of a gift decision. I thought Jingliang fought a really good fight. Two judges gave it 29-28 for Rodriguez. The other one had a 29-28 for Jingliang. I thought Jingliang deserved to win the fight. It wasn't a great action fight, but Jingliang seemed to control the action. From T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, I am Kevin Iole.