UFC 279 fight card primer: Chimaev vs. HollandGet the Full StoryKhamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland at the ceremonial weigh-ins for UFC 279. Photo by Amy Kaplan Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Get up to date on the co-main event of UFC 279 between Khamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland. The co-main event of UFC 279 will feature a catchweight 180 lbs. fight between Khamzat Chimaev 11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC and Kevin Holland 23-7 MMA, 10-4 UFC . UFC 279: Diaz vs. Ferguson airs live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this Saturday, September 10th. The main card will start with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. PT, with the ESPNews ESPN prelims beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET 5:00 p.m. PT and the early prelims kicking off at 6:00 p.m. ET 3:00 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Chimaev: 28 years old 6 2 75 reach
Holland: 29 years old 6 3 81 reach
What have these two done recently?
Chimaev: W - Gilbert Burns DEC W - Li Jingliang SUB W - Gerald Meerschaert KO
Holland: W - Tim Means SUB W - Alex Oliveira TKO NC - Kyle Daukaus NC
How did these two get here?
It all started with a backstage brawl and one massive weight miss.
Khamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland were the catalysts of the now-infamous incident that canceled the pre-fight press conference for UFC 279 on Thursday. It was no surprise to hear Borz and the Trailblazer involved in some sort of skirmish, considering their history of going back and forth online and in-person. That said, there was no indication that a fight between Chimaev and Holland would get booked. Hell, Chimaev s coach Andreas Michael poured cold water on the idea of them ever sharing the Octagon, saying the out-of-cage shenanigans would not get Holland the fight.
Until they did.
When Chimaev stepped onto the scales and weighed in at 178.5 pounds, his original fight with Nate Diaz was doomed. And once it was canceled, the UFC was forced to reshuffle the top half of the pay-per-view event, which meant the undefeated upstart would receive a new opponent. That opponent was none other than Holland, who successfully weighed in at 179.5 pounds for his short-notice fight against Daniel Rodriguez. With everything that happened in the past two days and the past two years , it made sense to have these two settle their differences, and here we are.
Why should you care?
This is a straightforward fight on paper, right? Going up against one of the best wrestlers in the division with meager wrestling defense is a recipe for disaster, but Chimaev vs. Holland should still be a fun fight for as long as it lasts.