The UFC is back with its 10th pay-per-view of the year, which means the popular “Embedded” fight-week video series is here to document what’s happening behind the scenes.
UFC 279 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPNNews and early prelims on ESPN+.
The main event is between unbeaten rising star Khamzat Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and fan favorite Nate Diaz (20-13 MMA, 15-11 UFC) in what is likely to be Diaz’s last fight in the promotion. In the co-feature, former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson (25-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) takes on Li Jingliang (19-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC).
The fifth episode of “Embedded” follows the UFC 279 press conference, where “all hell broke loose” backstage and caused UFC president Dana White to cancel the event. Here is the UFC’s description of the episode from YouTube:
An altercation between Khamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland occurs backstage resulting in Dana cutting the UFC 279 Pre Fight Press Conference short. Kevin Holland, Tony Ferguson, Nate Diaz make weight but Khamzat Chimaev does not. Dana White announces a new fight card. The new matchups of UFC 279 face off: Nate Diaz vs Tony Ferguson, Khamzat Chimaev vs Kevin Holland, and Li Jingliang vs Daniel Rodriguez.
For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 279.