UFC 279 Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson: start time, how to watch or stream online

We’re so close to UFC 279. It’s been weird. Where do we start?

Let’s start with Nate Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev. That was the fight that was supposed to headline UFC 279. But Chimaev lost weight massively, coming in at 7.5 pounds over the 171 limit. To save the card, the UFC had to reshuffle the entire main card.

Read more: How to get ESPN Plus for UFC 279

After the negotiations between the fighters, there is a new main event. And one that, oddly enough, makes a lot more sense.

Instead of being outboxed by Chimaev, Nate Diaz now faces UFC legend Tony Ferguson.

Chimaev is now fighting Kevin Holland at a catchweight of 179 pounds in the co-main event. Considering these two have been going around, taunting each other for months, this fight might make a lot of sense too.

Li Jingliang, who was initially going to fight Tony Ferguson, now faces the Netherlands’ old opponent, Daniel Rodriguez.

In short, we have gone from…

  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Li Jingliang
  • Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez


  • Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson
  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland
  • Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez

Probably the biggest loser here is Li Jingliang, who went from a prestigious co-main event with a legend in Tony Ferguson, to a really tough fight with a bigger man in Daniel Rodriguez.

But the card is alive.

Press conference cancelled?

It’s been a chaotic few days. Before the weigh-in circus, UFC president Dana White was forced to cancel the UFC 279 press conference at the last minute, following a huge backstage brawl between Chimaev and Kevin Holland, another fighter on the card.

The couple had been arguing before things got physical. Members of Diaz’s entourage also reportedly got involved and bottles were thrown at each other.

MMA reporter Ariel Helwani has the full story.

All normal for the course with a Diaz fight.

UFC 279 start time

The main card of UFC 279 begins at 10 pm ET (7 pm PT) on September 10. Here are all the details for multiple time zones.


  • The main card begins on September 10 at 10 pm ET (7 pm PT).
  • The preliminaries begin on September 10 at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).
  • The first preliminaries begin on September 10 at 6 pm ET (3 pm PT).

United Kingdom

  • The main card kicks off on September 11 at 3am BST.
  • The preliminaries start on September 11 at 1am BST.
  • The first preliminaries start on September 10 at 11pm BST.


  • The main card begins on September 11 at 12 pm AEDT.
  • The preliminaries begin on September 11 at 10am AEDT.
  • The first preliminaries begin on September 11 at 8:00 am AEDT.

How to watch UFC 279

The UFC now has a partnership with ESPN. That’s good news for the UFC and the expansion of the sport of MMA, but bad news for consumer choice. Especially if you are one of the UFC fans who wants to watch UFC in the US.

In the US, if you want to know how to watch UFC 279, you’ll only find fight night on pay-per-view on ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options for watching UFC on ESPN, according to the ESPN site:

  • Existing annual ESPN Plus subscribers can order the next UFC card for $75.
  • New ESPN Plus subscribers can purchase a package of a UFC PPV event (broadcast in HD) and an ESPN Plus annual recurring subscription for $100. This is a decent deal. The ESPN Plus annual subscription to ESPN will automatically renew after one year, at the price of an ESPN Plus annual subscription at the time of automatic renewal.

You can do all of the above at the link below.

MMA fans in the UK can watch UFC 278 exclusively through BT Sport.

There are more options if you live in Australia. You can watch UFC 278 through Main Event on Foxtel. You can also stream through Kayo for AU$55. You can even order using your PlayStation or using the UFC app on your Xbox.

Need more international viewing options? Try a VPN to change your IP address to access the US, UK, or Australian options listed above. See the best VPNs recommended by CNET editors.

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As always, these cards are subject to change.

Main PPV Card

  • Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson
  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland
  • Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez
  • Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson
  • Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cutelaba


  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa
  • Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalj
  • Denis Tiuliulin vs. Jamie Pickett
  • Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett

first preliminaries

  • Danyelle Wolf vs. Norma Dumont
  • Chad Anheliger vs. Heili Alateng
  • Elise Reed vs. Melissa Martinez
  • Darian Weeks vs. Yohan Lainesse

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