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UFC 279 Results: Nate Diaz Wins Final Fight, Chimaev Beats Holland to Highlight Card

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    Nate Diaz added another guillotine submission victory to his resume with a fourth-round make an impression on Tony Ferguson in the primary event of UFC 279.

    It wasn’t the final outcome to the pay-per-view event that everyone anticipated. Khamzat Chimaev was scheduled to fight the Stockton native in the primary event, however when the former weighed in at 178.5 pounds, the ultimate three fights of the evening needed to be shuffled to help make the fight work.

    It had been a large win for Diaz as he surely got to placed on an entertaining fight with Ferguson that included a lot of striking, taunting, and, needless to say, the signature guillotine choke that Diaz has used to complete multiple opponents.

    It had been a fitting finale to a wild nights fights.

    Here is a look at all of the results and a closer consider the main card results.

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    Main Card

    Nate Diaz def. Tony Ferguson via submission (guillotine choke), 2: 52 of Round 4

    Khamzat Chimaev def. Kevin Holland via submission (D’Arce choke), 2: 13 of Round 1

    Daniel Rodriguez def. Li Jingliang via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

    Irene Aldana def. Macy Chiasson via TKO (liver upkick), 2: 21 of Round 3

    Johnny Walker def. Ion Cutelaba via submission (rear-naked choke), 4: 37 of Round 1


    Prelims

    Julian Erosa def. Hakeem Dawodu via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Jailton Almeida def. Anton Turkalj via submission (rear-naked choke), 4: 27 of Round 1

    Denis Tiuliulin def. Jamie Pickett via TKO (punches), 4: 52 of Round 2

    Chris Barnett def. Jake Collier via TKO (punches), 2: 24 of Round 2

    Norma Dumont def. Danyelle Wolf via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

    Alatengheili def. Chad Anheliger via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Elise Reed def. Melissa Martinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Yohan Lainesse def. Darian Weeks via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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    Khamzat Chimaev didn’t win on the scale on Friday, but he was victorious in the cage on Saturday.

    Borz continued his streak of dominance with a first-round submission over Kevin Holland. He jumped on the takedown as Holland visited touch gloves at the start of the round. From there, it had been a frenetic scramble before Chimaev jumped on the choke.

    The D’Arce choke wasn’t quite right to begin with, but Chimaev adjusted his grip and finally forced the tap from Holland.

    The larger storyline this is actually the massive miscue that Chimaev committed by weighing 7.5 pounds on the 171-pound allowance at welterweight.

    The mistake cost Chimaev the primary event spot against Nate Diaz, and it’ll be interesting to see if he gets a title shot next.

    He certainly gets the skills, but he’ll have to prove he is able to make the weight.

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    Daniel Rodriguez and Li Jingliang were the first ever to square off in the three fights which were changed after Khamzat Chimaev didn’t make weight. The paid delivered a tightly contested battle, with Rodriguez going for a split decision.

    Rodriguez set an easy pace early. He was in Jingliang’s face right away and got off to an early on lead. However, Jingliang returned with some leg kicks of their own.

    All three rounds were difficult to score as both fighters had their moments, and the full total striking numbers were relatively close.

    Ultimately, both men were winners when planning on taking on the last-minute opponent change. Jingliang was particularly disadvantaged as he was quitting eight pounds to Rodriguez at weigh-ins.

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    Irene Aldana scored probably the most unique knockouts you’ll ever see against Macy Chiasson.

    The 34-year-old found herself on her behalf back a pivotal third round when she unleashed an upkick to the liver that suddenly ended the fight. It just would go to show that MMA always has something not used to offer.

    It is a positive thing that Aldana landed the kick, because the fight was a toss-up entering the 3rd round.

    In the initial round, Aldana threatened with submissions and nearly got the tap in a round she clearly won. However the second round belonged to Chiasson to create a winner-take-all situation in the 3rd and final round.

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    The upkick to the liver may be the sort of unique finish that will follow Aldana around for some time.

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    Johnny Walker kicks Ion Cutelaba at UFC 279. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

    Johnny Walker is normally known for his striking, but he took just a little different way to get yourself a much-needed win against Ion Cutelaba.

    The 6’6″ Walker took benefit of his length to sink in a rear-naked choke in the initial round. Cutelaba scored a takedown early in the fight and was working from top position, but Walker took his opponent’s back and tried for the choke multiple times before finally earning the tap.

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    Walker was amid a 1-4 stretch in his last five fights with two knockout losses. Going against a robust striker like Cutelaba, it had been important he showed he is actually a well-rounded fighter.

    The addition of a dangerous submission game may help Walker get his career back on the right track.

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