UFC 279 date, start time, odds, schedule & card for Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz

After going back and forth with the UFC about his contract and potential opponents, Nate Diaz’s final UFC fight could be his toughest assignment yet. On September 10, Diaz faces a rising star in Khamzat Chimaev. The fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Chimaev, 28, is a three-time Sweden national team gold medalist. He made his pro debut in 2018 and joined the UFC in 2020, where he won three fights for promotion that year. Chimaev took the MMA world by storm with his skills and killer mentality.

The Chechen-born man suffered complications after testing positive for COVID-19 in 2020, resulting in several fights against Edwards being nullified. At one point he thought about retirement after coughing up blood. Chimaev eventually returned in October 2021, beating Li Jingliang by submission. Chimaev’s last fight was a unanimous decision victory in April over Gilbert Burns.

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Despite the age and skill gap, Chimaev and his team don’t want to discredit Diaz.

“He is by no means an easy opponent for us. And Nate Diaz will probably make money,” Chimaev head coach Andreas Michael told MMA Junkie. “It’s not in any way unfavorable for Nate because if he accepts this fight, you can understand that he was paid or will be paid. He’s not just going to accept this fight out of nowhere, you know? So it’s an advantage for him as well as for us – and it’s a good fight.

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“I think it’s a good fight. It’s a good name – a veteran of the game. He’s fought everyone and everyone and it’s a good experience and they didn’t take him lightly. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s like we’re fighting for the title.”

Diaz made his pro debut for the WEC in 2004. The 37-year-old won The Ultimate Fighter in 2007. Diaz is 14-11 in the UFC and faced off against Clay Guida, Donald Cerrone, Jim Miller, Gray Maynard and Conor McGregor. He’s on a one-on-one losing streak; Most recently, he fought Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in 2021.

The Sporting News has a full overview of UFC 279 including the schedule, matchups, start times, odds and more for Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz and the entire card.

When is UFC 279: Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz?

  • Date: Saturday 10 September
  • Start time: 6:15 p.m. ET
  • Front matter: 8 p.m. ET
  • Main card: 10 p.m. ET
  • Main event: 12:15 am ET (approximate)
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UFC 279 takes place on September 10th. The FIGHT PASS Prelims will start at 6:15pm ET, with Prelims continuing at 8:00pm ET. The main map goes live at 10pm ET. Chimaev and Diaz were scheduled to make their way to the octagon around 12:15 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.

How to watch UFC 279: Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz

  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Live Stream: ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass

The main card for UFC 279 is available in the US and Mexico through subscription streaming service ESPN+ for a pay-per-view cost.

Past fights can be viewed live on ESPN+, the WatchESPN app, and for early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In Canada, the main pay-per-view card is available at TSN, Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Eastlink and UFC PPV in UFC Fight Pass.

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In the UK, the main map will be available on BT Sport and the preliminary rounds on UFC Fight Pass.

In Australia, the main card will be on Main Event, Kayo Sports, FOXTEL and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz price: How much is UFC 279?

  • $74.99 (current ESPN+ subscribers)
  • $99.98 (new subscribers)

In the US, the UFC 279 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. UFC 279 PPV price is $74.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a $99.98 bundle price for UFC 279 pay-per-view and an annual ESPN+ subscription that offers savings of more than 30 percent.

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product Prices
Monthly ESPN+ subscription $9.99/month
ESPN+ annual subscription $99.99/year
The Disney bundle with ad-supported Hulu $13.99/month
The Disney Bundle with Hulu No-Ads $19.99/month
UFC PPV Standalone $74.99 each
UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual) $99.98, then $69.99/year
UFC PPV and the Disney Bundle

$88.98 then $13.99/month

Click here to learn more about the different pricing and bundle options on the ESPN+ platform.

* Effective August 23, ESPN+ monthly subscription will change from $6.99/month to $9.99/month. Annual ESPN+ subscription package changes from $69.99/year to $99.99/year.

There is no change to the standalone PPV or the Disney bundle.

Where is UFC 279?

UFC 279 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The arena hosts several UFC events and can accommodate up to 20,000 people.

How much do UFC 279: Nate Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev tickets cost?

Tickets for UFC 279 start at $195 per TicketSmarter.

Prizes then range from $200, $300, $400, $500, $600, $700, $800, $900, $1,000, $2,000, $3,000, $4,000, $5,000, $6,000, $8,000, $9,000 and $11,770.

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz Odds for UFC 279

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Chimaev is the -1100 favorite while Diaz is the +700 underdog.

Shot by Nate Diaz, bio

  • Nationality: American
  • Born: April 16, 1985
  • Height: 6-0
  • Reach: 76 inches
  • Total fights: 33
  • Record: 20-13 with five wins by KO

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Recording by Khamzat Chimaev, bio

  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Born: May 1, 1994
  • Height: 6-2
  • Reach: 75 inches
  • Total fights: 11
  • Record: 11-0 with 6 wins by KO

UFC 279 fight card

  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz; welterweights
  • Denis Tiuliulin vs. Jamie Pickett; medium weight
  • Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba; Light heavyweights
  • Shamil Aburakhimov vs. Jailton Almeida; heavyweights
  • Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson; bantam weights
  • Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett; heavyweights
  • Elise Reed vs. Melissa Martinez; straw weights
  • Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf; featherweights
  • Darian Weeks vs. Yohan Lainesse; welterweights

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