UFC 279: Nate Diaz vs Tony Ferguson – Unofficial Awards

UFC 279 It was expected to be a significant event. Subpar for PPV, but not modestly it seems to be just another Fight Night card. Then, all hell broke loose before the event, which resulted in press conferences being called off, several fighters losing weight, and a mixed card with an abundance of weight competitions. In the process, UFC’s Nate Diaz sails big, terminates his contract, and Khamzat Chimaev sees his public figure perform one hell of a 180 after being in the middle of every controversy over the course of the week. Given the circus tends to follow Diaz’s fight week – choose either Nick or Nate at this point – I suppose we should have expected bluffs. It was strange that while they were involved with some of them, they were never the central character.

For a quick rundown of UFC 279’s less important stories – and a brief glimpse at some of the biggest – let’s dive into my unofficial awards…

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Biggest stock jump: If it is rare for a fighter to improve his stock at a loss – especially if the loss is not in the main event or common main event – but Jingliang Li It proved to be an exception to the rule. True, this is because all the events leading up to the event proved to be an exception to the rule, but I cannot be blamed for all the deceptions; He turned everything in his favour. First, Lee chose to fight Daniel Rodriguez even though Rodriguez was 8.5 pounds heavier than him. For many, this was the most gangster move of the night one evening when the victors at main and joint events were vying to prove who the most gangsters were. Second, there is a file very A small minority think Rodriguez deserves to win. Out of 23 media results in MMA Resolutions, 21 people believed that victory should have been given to me, including myself. The deck was stacked against me, but he didn’t care, nor did he complain when I eventually worked against him. The organization should put it on their favorites list at this point. If that doesn’t say a lot about the UFC.

Biggest drop in inventory: This is a tricky spot. Some might say Shemayev, but I’ll talk about that later. Some might say Tony Ferguson, but I’ll say he’s who we thought he was, at least at this point. It’s not the sexiest name to pick from the craziest weekend the UFC has ever seen, but I’m going to slip Hakim Dawood over here. The Canadian was an almost 2-to-1 favorite over Julian Erosa and never looked like he should have ever been in the competition. He looked flat and uninspired, and didn’t bother pressing the issue after he was clearly a couple of rounds. While no one had any illusions about Daudu developing into a rival at this point, there was still a belief that he had made some additional improvements and might even turn himself into an entertaining ranger from within the official rankings. It seems like this is just a pipe dream at this point.

Best newcomer: There were three fighters who debuted in the UFC, but none of them achieved a good result. Among these three, I would say Melissa Martinez It was a promising debut. It was a poor tactical decision in the last round that prevented her from securing a potential decision win. At the age of 25 with only eight professional competitions under her belt, there is plenty of room for her to grow into a major women’s lollipop weightlifter.

They kept their job(s): I was convinced it was brought up or time was closed for it Johnnie Walker. The charismatic Brazilian was a shell of the explosive version of the man who exploded on the UFC in his first three fights. If he couldn’t put together a winning performance, I often felt like Uncle Dana would pull the plug. Although it wasn’t the type of performance that got everyone buzzing about originally, Walker did show some poise in opposite Cutelaba on Earth and eventually finding the end of rendering. I’m not naive enough to think he’s about to run into the title fight, but I do think he has something to hang out with for years to come.

Uncle Dana doesn’t care what he might see as a side show. That’s why he kept Kimbo Slice in only two fights, even though the legendary street brawler would have continued to lend eyeballs to a UFC producer. And so, though Chris Barnett He produced one of the UFC’s best KOs of 2021, and it would have been his third loss in four UFC matches had he fallen to Jake Collier. Barnett’s weight loss – only the second heavyweight to do so – didn’t help either. After Collier came this is close To put Barnett away in the first round, Barnett regrouped in the second round and pounded Collier into the mat after a stampede that put Collier on his back. The fight was an absolute joy to watch and Barnett’s post-fight interview only added to the moment. man’s treasure The hope here is that the UFC keeps him for as long as Barnett wants to be around.

Given the preserved nature in which he fought, Johan Linnes He sends a fruit basket for the judges to decide in his favour. His win over Darian Weeks was a poor way to start the night, as Lainesse did a lot of cage dancing with little participation. Weeks weren’t much better, but most Twitter scorecards seem to be skewed in favor of weeks. Regardless, Lainesse keeps his job, but it’s doubtful the matchmakers will do him any favors moving forward.

Start writing a resume: Although the guesswork here is that Ion Cotilapa Seems to be Brass’ favorite, results haven’t been around lately, 1-4-1 record spread across the scene over the last six matches. To be fair to Cutelaba, he doesn’t lose to vagabonds, whether this loss to Johnny Walker or the previous loss to Ryan Spahn are the worst. But the Moldovan producer needs to deliver results. Perhaps the UFC will give him another chance not only because of the level of difficulty he’s faced, but the aggressiveness he shows regularly. If so, expect the UFC to give him a favorable contest so there are no excuses in the event of another loss.

I get a feeling Jimmy Beckett It will survive the next round of cuts, but I’m not sure I’d be very forgiving. The UFC gave Beckett every opportunity to make the roster, which required three TUF appearances before he was awarded a contract. Now that he’s made the list, he’s a record 2-4, wins against a man with no business fighting at middleweight and another against a youngster called up to the big show too soon. It also seems that each of his losses in the UFC seems to be getting worse over time. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if Beckett came back, but I would probably be tempted to let someone else have his place on the list.

He’s definitely not out the door, but the UFC doesn’t seem to have a soft spot collier. Thus, his three losses in his last four games may be enough to give him a rosy slip. After all, Collier is not a natural heavyweight and seems to be what he is at 33. He’s definitely serviceable and I’d bring him back if I was the one pulling the strings. However, the UFC also has a different and better perspective, which means Collier may be on his way out.

I was confident of signing the UFC weeks Before he was ready, so I saw him drop his third fight in the most attempts under the UFC banner. And so, while I’m amazed that the judges ruled against him – I can’t imagine Lainesse taking either of the last two rounds – I also don’t think there’s anything to stand on. At 28, Weeks isn’t so old that some polishes wouldn’t be bad for him. Of course, he could end up in Bellator, but I don’t see that as appropriate for him either.

Best heel turn: While ShemayevHis like factor has been a huge hit, and I wouldn’t say his stock has. After all, this was his fourth Ultimate Fighting Tournament that he had won without absorbing a huge blow, and his fifth by one or less. He’s still an incredibly talented fighter and seems determined to wear UFC gold one day. Whether it’s a 170 or 185 or both, that’s a discussion that could take place down the road. Regardless, I couldn’t tell Chimaev’s arrow had taken a hit since it was dominant as we expected Being in the cage, he deals with Kevin Holland and hastily persuades him. We’ve seen the Netherlands get rough at the middleweight. We never saw him give up. The funny thing is, Shemayev may have done the best thing for his long-term career with heel spins. Floyd Mayweather was the star of the PPV not because it was a thrilling watch; People followed him because they wanted to say they watched when he finally suffered that first loss. Conor McGregor has many people watching his fights hoping to see him lose too. It could be argued that all the hoaxes of the past week have boosted Chimayev in the long run.

Biggest Great Moment: This is a difficult place to locate. Diaz’s submission provided Ferguson with a degree of surprise, but not to the extent that the fight would have occurred three years ago before Ferguson began to back off. Given Holland’s reputation as being hard to get rid of, Chemayev’s summoning of him could have secured this place. However, the place I loved the most was the What the Hell moment before a second watch turned it into a great moment. Missy Chiason was standing over a prone Irene Aldana, Aldana throwing upward kicks to prevent Chiason from diving. However, as those kicks seemed to crash into Kiason’s body, the standing fighter collapsed into a pile, the referee not quite sure what happened before the fight waved. Instant replay showed that one of those spikes from Aldana went down together serious force Directly into Chiasson’s liver, causing its collapse. I’ve seen thousands of brawls – many of them many times – and can’t remember seeing an ascendant block someone when calling somewhere other than the face. And so, while I might have been more confused seeing it in real time, I’d definitely say wow after finding out what the hell happened.

Insomnia treatment: I get why the UFC put Lainesse and Weeks in the jerker curtain. I thought they would produce the fireworks myself. Instead, their fight was the worst way to unlock the card thanks to the lack of activity of both fighters. About the only thing they accomplish with their light performance is making sure that anyone who steps out on the short end of the stick will end up on the chopping block.

Best chart climber: While many would say Diaz is not as good as his reputation suggests, the UFC vet for 15 years has had one of the most iconic careers in the organization. He added to the trophies in what could be his last fight in the organization. The submission to Ferguson was Diaz’s 10th in UFC, and Bruce Gracie tied him to fourth in UFC history at 10. It gave him a performance bonus of 16, making him alone the third-highest bonus in UFC history to break a tie between him and Joe Luzon. Even if you don’t consider Diaz to be great at all – a position I totally understand – it’s undeniable that he’s a legend in the sport for fighting at a high level for so long… and consistently doing so in an entertaining way.

Bonus numbers: Due to his weight loss, Chimaev was not eligible for a performance bonus, marking the first time in six UFC fights that he did not receive a bonus. She also made a streak of two appearances in which Holland was rewarded, although it should be noted that Holland can still claim a bounty in all welterweight fights in the organisation. Walker also earned his first bonus since opening his UFC career three in a row. There was also what could have been 1st reward Among the many for Gilton Almeida. In terms of the lack of rewards, Norma Dumont and Beckett have extended their UFC careers to six fights without a reward, the most on the card. However, regarding the longest dry period overall, Cutelaba has now fought 10 fights without getting a reward, dating back to FOTN with Jared Cannonier in December 2016.