UFC 279: Make your predictions for Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz

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We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC 279 event in Las Vegas.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMA Junkie reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC 279 main card staff predictions we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC 279 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPNEWS and early prelims on ESPN+.

Make your picks for the fights below.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 279.

Yohan Lainesse vs. Darian Weeks

Records: Yohan Lainesse (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Darian Weeks (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Past five: Lainesse 4-1, Weeks 3-2
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Weeks -125, Lainesse -105

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Melissa Martinez vs. Elise Reed

Records: Melissa Martinez (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Elise Reed (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Past five: Martinez 5-0, Reed 3-2
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Martinez -160, Reed +125

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Heili Alateng vs. Chad Anheliger

Records: Heili Alateng (15-8-2 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC), Chad Anheliger (12-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Past five: Alateng 3-1-1, Anheliger 5-0
Division: Bantamaweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Alateng -180, Anheliger +140

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Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf

Records: Norma Dumont (7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Danyelle Wolf (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Dumont 3-2, Wolf 1-0
Division: Women’s featherweight
Rankings: Dumont No. 15
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Dumont -380, Wolf +270

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Chris Barnett vs. Jake Collier

Records: Chris Barnett (22-8 MMA, 1-2 UFC), Jake Collier (13-7 MMA, 5-6 UFC)
Past five: Barnett 3-2, Collier 2-3
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Collier -450, Barnett +310

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Jamie Pickett vs. Denis Tiuliulin

Records: Jamie Pickett (13-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Denis Tiuliulin (10-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Past five: Pickett 2-3, Tiuliulin 3-2
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Pickett -140, Tiuliulin +110

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Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalj

Records: Jailton Almeida (16-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Anton Turkalj (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Almeida 5-0, Turkalj 5-0
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Almeida -850, Turkalj +500

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Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa

Records: Hakeem Dawodu (13-2-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC), Julian Erosa (27-9 MMA, 5-5 UFC)
Past five: Dawodu 4-1, Erosa 4-1
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Dawodu -230, Erosa +175

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Ion Cutelaba vs. Johnny Walker

Records: Ion Cutelaba (16-7-1 MMA, 5-6-1 UFC), Johnny Walker (18-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC)
Past five: Cutelaba 1-3-1, Walker 1-4
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Cutelaba -205, Walker +155

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Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson

Records: Irene Aldana (13-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC), Macy Chiasson (8-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC)
Past five: Aldana 3-2, Chiasson 3-2
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Rankings: Aldana No. 8, Chiasson No. 14 (women’s featherweight)
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Aldana -190, Chiasson +145

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Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez

Records: Kevin Holland (23-7 MMA, 10-4 UFC), Daniel Rodriguez (16-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC)
Past five: Holland 3-2, Rodriguez 4-1
Division: 180-pound contract weight
Rankings: Holland No. 13
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Holland -205, Rodriguez +145

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Tony Ferguson vs. Li Jingliang

Records: Tony Ferguson (25-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC), Li Jingliang (19-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC)
Past five: Ferguson 1-4, Jingliang 3-2
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: Ferguson No. 10
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Jingliang -320, Ferguson +235

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Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz

Records: Khamzat Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC), Nate Diaz (20-13 MMA, 15-11 UFC)
Past five: Chimaev 5-0, Diaz 2-3
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Chimaev No. 5
Odds (as of 09.05.22): Chimaev -1400, Diaz. +670

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UFC 279 fight card (as of Sept. 5, 4 p.m. ET)

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Li Jingliang

  • Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez

  • Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson

  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Johnny Walker

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPNews/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa

  • Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalj

  • Jamie Pickett vs. Denis Tiuliulin

  • Chris Barnett vs. Jake Collier

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf

  • Heili Alateng vs. Chad Anheliger

  • Melissa Martinez vs. Elise Reed

  • Yohan Lainesse vs. Darian Weeks

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