Update Friday, Sept. 9: UFC 279 Now Headlined by Diaz vs. Ferguson on Saturday, Sept. 10, Exclusively on ESPN+ PPV

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Update Friday, Sept. 9: UFC 279 Now Headlined by Diaz vs. Ferguson on Saturday, Sept. 10, Exclusively on ESPN+ PPV

Main Card at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV

Prelims on ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET 

Early Prelims on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET

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In a change in the card as of Friday evening, tomorrow’s UFC 279 event in Las Vegas on ESPN+ PPV is now headlined by a bout between welterweights Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson.  The new co-main battle is a catch-weight duel between Tony Holland and Khamzat Chimaev who was originally to be in the featured bout with Diaz, but was advised by doctors not to continue cutting weight.

The card will be seen live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10 p.m. ET, exclusively on ESPN+ PPV (English and Spanish).

The Prelims will air on ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. with Early Prelims on ESPN+ beginning at 6 p.m. Live coverage begins on Friday with UFC 279 Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Diaz vs. Ferguson at 5:30 ET on ESPNEWS, providing fans with exclusive insights and views heading into Fight Night.

Jon Anik will call the action, alongside former two-division Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan. Megan Olivi will handle reporting duties.  All coverage in Spanish will be handled by Victor Davila and interim UFC Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno.


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Programming (All times ET)

Fri 9/9 5:30 p.m. ESPNEWS UFC 279 Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Diaz vs. Ferguson 
9:30 p.m. ESPN+ UFC 279 Pre-Show presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Diaz vs. Ferguson
Sat 9/10 6 p.m. ESPN+ UFC 279: Diaz vs. Ferguson (Early Prelims)
8 p.m. ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+ UFC 279: Diaz vs. Ferguson presented by Modelo (Prelims)
10 p.m. ESPN+ PPV UFC 279: Diaz vs.  Ferguson (Main Card)
1 a.m. – * ESPN+ PPV UFC 279 Post Show presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Diaz vs. Ferguson 

*  – Immediately following Main Event. 

Main Card and Prelims (All times ET)  

10 p.m. Main  Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson
Co-Main  Khazmat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland
Undercard Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez
Undercard Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson
Undercard Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba
8 p.m. Feature Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa
Undercard Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalj
Undercard Denis Tiuliulin vs. Jamie Pickett
Undercard Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett
6 p.m. Featured Norma Dumont vs. Danyelle Wolf
Undercard Chad Anheliger vs. Alatengheili
Featured Melissa Martinez vs. Elise Reed
Undercard Darian Weeks vs. Yohan Lainesse


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