The latest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view (PPV) offering hits T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, TONIGHT (Sat., Sept. 10, 2022), bringing with it a re-worked, last-minute pay-per-view (PPV) main event clash between Octagon legends, Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson. UFC 279, which takes place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, was supposed to be the coming out party for Khamzat Chimaev and a goodbye celebration for Diaz; however, “Borz” bungled his weight so bad that the promotion was forced to perform life-saving surgery literally hours before the ceremonial weigh-ins to save it from the scrap heap.
Before that action begins at 10 p.m. ET later this evening, though, MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 279 “Prelims” undercard below, beginning with the first fight at 6:15 p.m. ET on ESPN+/Fight Pass. We will then cover UFC 279’s PPV main card in a separate thread right here, beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Diaz vs. Ferguson.” Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 279 “Prelims” undercard results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 279 PPV QUICK RESULTS:
Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson — Diaz def. Ferguson by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:52 of Round Four — HIGHLIGHTS!
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland — Chimaev def. Holland by submission (d’arce choke) at 2:13 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Li Jingliang vs. Daniel Rodriguez — Rodriguez def. Li by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson — Aldana def. Chiasson by TKO (upkick to the body) at 2:21 of Round Three — HIGHLIGHTS!
Johnny Walker vs. Ion Cuțelaba — Walker def. Cutelaba by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:37 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
UFC 279 ‘PRELIMS’ QUICK RESULTS:
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa — Erosa def. Dawodu by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalj — Almeida def. Turkalj by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:27 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Jamie Pickett vs. Denis Tiuliulin — Tiuliulin def. Pickett by TKO (knees and punches) at 4:52 of Round Two
Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett — Barnett def. Collier by TKO (punches) at 2:24 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Danyelle Wolf vs. Norma Dumont — Dumont def. Wolf by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Alatengheili vs. Chad Anheilger — Alatengheili def. Anheliger by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Elise Reed vs. Melissa Martinez — Reed def. Martinez by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Darian Weeks vs. Yohan Lainesse — Lainesse def. Weeks by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC 279 ‘PRELIMS’ PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS:
145 lbs.: Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa
Round one: Jumping snap kick to the body from Dawodu. Low kicks, avoiding the ones from Erosa. Dawodu catches a kick and comes back with hooks a minute in. Erosa catches a head kick, tries to jump on him, can’t hunt him down. Quick exchange in center cage. Erosa falls short with a left hook. Two minutes in. Low kick by Dawodu. Tight left hook in an exchange. They trade in the center. Nice clinch uppercuts from Erosa, then a two-piece that drops Dawodu. Trading bombs. Dawodu puts him on the fence, gets reversed. Two minutes to go.
Knees and body shots from Erosa before they separate. Big lead right by Dawodu, then one on the counter. More clinch uppercuts land for Erosa and they’re trading. Erosa shoots, denied, lands a knee downstairs with a minute to go. Trading knees in the clinch. Overhand right by Dawodu. Head kick attempt. Erosa goes for a flying knee, then a right hand that takes out Dawodu’s legs. Erosa on the attack, can’t polish him off. 10-9 Erosa.
Round two: Right back to the trading. Good shots from Erosa. Dawodu to the body, double jab behind it. Long right cross. Erosa low kick, tries a front kick, eats one to the body. Jabs from Dawodu, low kick a minute in. More jabs landing. They tie up and Dawodu lands a huge elbow that Erosa eats without issue. Left hook by Erosa on the break. Dawodu double jab, eats a leg kick. Quick exchange. Two minutes in. Leaning on the jab is working out for Dawodu. Erosa ducks a right hand and takes him down, then jumps on his back. Standing body triangle, then drags him down. Two minutes to go.
Erosa looking for the RNC as Dawodu tries to fight the hands. One minute to go. Punches from Erosa, nice elbows. He’s cut Dawodu open. Dawodu makes it to his feet and turns to face him. Nice knees by Erosa. 10-9 Erosa.
Round three: Dawodu advancing behind the jab. Erosa cruising away from danger. One minute in. Low kick from Dawodu after they trade jabs. 1-1-2. 1-2. Counter uppercut from Erosa. Two minutes in. Body shot lands for Dawodu against the fence. Brief clinch after they exchange. Trading inside. Erosa changes levels, denied, walks into a right hand. Two minutes to go.
Knee to the body by Dawodu. Good shot by Erosa and again he takes Dawodu’s back. Body triangle. One minute to go. More punches by Erosa. Dawodu turns into guard with 20 seconds to go and lets Erosa up. Last-ditch wheel kick falls short. 10-9 Erosa.
Final result: Erosa def. Dawodu by unanimous decision
220 lbs.: Jailton Almeida vs. Anton Turkalj
Round one: Low kick from Almeida, then an easy double-leg against the fence. Looking for the back as Turkalj works his way up. Big lift and slam a minute in.. One hook in, potential arm triangle. Side control now. Left hands from Almeida, one hook. Heavy punches under the armpit. Two minutes in. Turkalj trying to break his grip and stand against the fence. Inside trip puts him on his back once again with two minutes to go.
Turkalj punching off his back in half guard. Nice move to mount from Almeida after the first attempt failed. Working in the rear naked choke, switches to an arm triangle. No dice with a minute to go. He postures up and starts pounding instead, then wraps up the RNC the millisecond Turkalj tries to turn away. Clinical performance from Almeida.
Final result: Almeida def. Turkalj by submission (rear naked choke)
185 lbs.: Jamie Pickett vs. Denis Tiuliulin
Round one: Good side kick from Pickett and a jab behind it. Head kick attempt. Tiuliulin lands a cross, eats one in return. Big straight left from Pickett. Body kick. They trade in center cage. One minute in. Pickett controlling distance well so far. Tiuliulin tries a body kick, eats one in return. He denies a takedown with a whizzer but gets stuck against the fence. Elbow from Pickett on the break two minutes in. Tiuliulin trying to land inside, eats a right hook. Pickett shoots, denied. Jab exchange. Straight left, fade-back right hook, low kick. Warned for outstretched fingers. Two minutes to go.
Tiuliulin plodding after him, absorbs a counter right. Another. There’s an overhand right from him that he tries to follow with a flurry. Pickett goes left cross to left high kick. Low kick catches the cup, Tiuliulin shrugs it off. Good exchange near the fence. Hard counter right lands for Tiuliulin and they’re slugging with a minute to go. Tiuliulin winds up for a body kick and it catches Pickett’s cup with an audible crack. “Nightwolf” is in some real pain. He takes his time and manages to recover, sending out kicks when they resume. Tiuliulin fires a flurry, lands a body kick and overhand right. Tale of two rounds there. I guess 10-9 Pickett on the early work.
Round two: Pickett circling, sending out kicks. Fake shot. Good body kick, warned again for outstretched fingers. 1-2 falls short a minute in. Body kick by Tiuliulin met by a straight left. More counters by Pickett as he circles. Tiuliulin tries a head kick, ladns a nice flurry and looks to rush. Vicious elbows in the clinch. Two mintues in. Pickett shoots, denied. Tiuliulin to the body, then kicks him on the groin again. He loses a point, and he comes out fired up when they resume. Tiuliulin throwing everying at him. Good clinch elbow with two minutes to go.
Hard punches and another elbow by Tiuliulin. Elbow from the Thai clinch and down goes Pickett. Pickett rolls free but ends up on the bottom in guard. Pickett works his way up with a minute to go. He shoots, denied, lands a right hand. Tiuliulin continuing to plod after him, blasts him with clinch elbows and knees for another knockdown. Tiuliulin trying to pound him out and he does.
Final result: Tiuliulin def. Pickett by TKO (knees and punches)
265 lbs.: Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett
Round one: They slug it out right off the bat. Body kick from Collier, then a clubbing hook that drops Barnett. Continuing to trade heat. Sneaky elbows by Collier as they slug it out. Somehow neither goes down and they reset a minute in. Barnett puts him on the fence, eats an elbow on the break. His left eye’s not in great shape. Switch kick falls short. Collier puts him back on the fence and knees the body. They separate two minutes in. Big three-piece by Barnett kicks off another wild exchange. Low kick. Brief clinch. 2-1 lands for Collier, then another combo behind it. Teep met by a Barnett low kick. Two minutes to go.
Hard low kick from Collier, who avoids a flurry in return. Barnett tries a spinning back kick, lands a jab, gets tripped to the mat. Collier moves right to mount, then the back, pounding as he does. Barnett trying to move and survive the GNP, weathers an RNC as well with a minute to go. Barnett makes it back to his feet and tries to slug it out. Counter left from Collier. What a round from the big boys. 10-9 Collier.
Round two: Barnett’s left eye is about 90% shut, but somehow he’s still good to go. Hard punches in the early going. He’s swinging for it. Nice Superman jab and a lengthy flurry. Collier weathers it, unable to tie up. Body knee and jab by Barnett a minute in. Collier digs a knee to the body and elbow in return. He tries an outside trip again, but this time Barnett denies it and starts bombing away. Full mount. Referee imploring Collier to move. The punishment is too much and Barnett has pulled off a wild comeback.
Final result: Barnett def. Collier by TKO (punches)
145 lbs.: Danyelle Wolf vs. Norma Dumont
Round one: Jab lands for Wolf. Low kicks from Dumont. Wolf falls short with jabs. One minute in. Side kick by Dumont as Wolf’s punches continue to come up short. Quick exchange. Two minutes in. Dumont low kick. Not exactly riveting stuff so far. Solid right cross by Dumont catches Wolf leaning in. There’s a 1-2 from Wolf and a jab behind it. Two minutes to go.
Dumont flicking out lead-leg kicks. 1-1-2 from Wolf, counters from Dumont. Dumont jab catches Wolf coming in. Both whiff on jabs. One minute to go. Nice chopping right by Dumont behind the jab. Wolf falling short. There’s a jab. Dumont cracks her with a cross in the waning seconds. 10-9 Dumont.
Round two: Wolf still struggling with the distance. Dumont low kick a minute in, then a counter right soon after. Wolf trying to send out kicks. Good combo by Wolf as Dumont ties up. Dumont responds with an outside trip into guard two minutes in. Dumont lets her up, clubs her with a couple shots, then ties up against the fence. Wolf unable to separate. Two minutes to go.
Wolf manages to break the grip and make distance. Combinations falling short. Jab exchange. Wolf tries to open up and Dumont hurts her bad with a 1-2. Finish isn’t there, but she ties up again with a minute to go. They separate. Another big 1-2 floors Wolf again in the last seconds. She’s wearing a hell of a shiner when she goes back to her corner. 10-8 Dumont on damage.
Round three: Wolf sending out combinations, gets slammed to the mat and mounted for her trouble. Dumont looks for the arm triangle, loses it and gets caught in half guard. Hard hammerfists as Wolf regains guard. Wolf tries to attack an arm and eats more punches. Trying to strike off her back. Wolf scoots to the fence, eats more shots two minutes in. Dumont in side control. Full mount. Wolf regains half guard. Two minutes to go.
Short shots from Dumont. Wolf just trying to hold her close. One minute to go. Dumont postures, blasts her with elbows. Full mount in the waning seconds. Wolf just holds on under the elbow onslaught. 10-8 Dumont.
Final result: Dumont def. Wolf by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Alatengheili vs. Chad Anheliger
Round one: They meet in the center, staying outside punching range. Both falling short with jabs. One minute in. Low kick lands for Alatengheili, then a right cross as they trade. Jab from Anheliger answered in kind. Heavier swings two minutes in. Alatengheili starting to push forward. Anheliger threatens a Superman punch, eats a cross in an exchange. Hard 2-3 stings Anheliger, who looks to answer back. More pressure by Alatengheili. Counter right connects with two minutes to go.
Good jab by Anheliger. He tries to rush in and gets wobbled by another clean cross. Alatengheili staying patient, lands a low kick. Hard low-high 1-2. Anheliger pops him with a counter left, eats a leg kick. One minute to go. Alatengheili continuing to patiently advance, lands another low kick. Body kick attempt. Quick exchange. Lead hook by Anheliger to get off the fence. 10-9 Alatengheili.
Round two: Low kick from Alatengheili spins Anheliger around. Anheliger really trying to draw out something he can counter. One minute in. Anheliger tries a head kick. Left hook falls short, head kick blocked. Another low kick from Alatengheili. Good low-high two-piece by Anheliger, then a counter left as Alatengheili tries to respond. Alatengheili looks for the body two minutes in. Heavy hook connects for him, then a 2-3-2 that stings Anheliger. Anheliger tries to play it off. Cross counter from Alatengheili, continuing to advance. He lands a body shot, denies a clinch, absorbs a flurry with two minutes to go.
Cross from Alatengheili, who eats a low kick a bit later. Anheliger falls short with a 1-2 and eats a hard left hook. One minute to go. Anheliger low kick met by a body shot. He comes back with a body kick and tries to follow up with a hook kick. Jab catches Alatengheili coming in. Wheel kick attempt form Anheliger. He tries a Saenchai cartwheel kick before the bell. 10-9 Alatengheili.
Round three: Alatengheili opens with a leg kick, then hits an easy ankle pick and drops a hard right hand. Standing over Anheliger, who’s looking for leg and upkicks. Low kick from Alatengheili a minute in. Ref waves Anheliger up. Good leg kick. Jab exchange. Another low kick. Two minutes in. Good 1-2. Alatengheili flurry falls short. Both potshotting in center cage. Anheliger whiffs on an overhand. Quick exchange. Anheliger the busier this round. Counter right by Alatengheili with two minutes to go.
Low-high kicks from Anheliger. Flicking out the jab. Inside low kick from Alatengheili. Left hand exchange, Anheliger tries to follow up with a head kick and eats a leg kick. One minute to go. Neither man connecting clean. Alatengheili runs the pipe for a single-leg, avoiding a guillotine in the process, and blasts away with punches until the bell. 10-9 Alatengheili.
Final result: Alatengheili def. Anheliger by unanimous decision
115 lbs.: Elise Reed vs. Melissa Martinez
Round one: Martinez advancing early, flicking out kicks. Reed with her own low kick that’s met by a cross. Check hook by Martinez and a front kick downstairs. Left body shot as she switches stance. She leads with a front kick to the body, only to get floored by a nasty counter right. She manages to get her wits back and separate a minute in. Tentative stretch. Low kick from Reed, front kick from Martinez. Glancing head kick by Martinez, who backs away from a double right. It’s Reed on the front foot now. Long-range double-leg from Martinez, can’t get her all the way down, puts her on the fence. Knees from Martinez, punches from Reed in the clinch. Two minutes to go.
Jockeying for position. Reed manages to reverse and put her on the fence. Mutual over-unders. They separate with a minute to go. Reed body kick, falls short with a right hand and wheel kick. Martinez tries a hook kick and 1-2, avoids a rush. Reed ties her up in the last 10 seconds and they trade knees. 10-9 Reed.
Round two: Martinez opens with an inside low kick. Reed continuing to pressure, absorbs a body kick. Martinez tries a head kick. Reed tries to goad her, eats a low kick. One minute in. Reed starts chasing and they trade power shots on the fence. Martinez with a front kick downstairs and a low kick after avoiding a Brazilian kick. Reed runs into a counter left and a side kick on the exit two minutes in. Martinez low kick. Both fall short with big shots. Martinez oblique kick and Reed puts her on the fence. Two minutes to go.
Knees from Reed. She swings on the break. Martinez looks for the body, lands a straight left upstairs and absorbs a body kick in return. One minute to go. She runs in to try a trip and they fight for position on the fence. 10-9 Martinez.
Round three: Double right lands for Reed. Martinez fires teeps in return. 1-2. Low kick exchange. Both land their crosses in succession. Hard low kick by Martinez seems to get Reed’s attention a minute in. They trade inside. Another inside low kick by Martinez. Head kick attempt. Straight left. Reed chasing her, falls victim to a double-leg into guard. Martinez standing over her two minutes in. Knee to the body on the way up and again they fight for position on the fence. Good knee by Reed, who muscles her to the mat with two minutes to go.
Solid elbows land for Reed as Martinez makes her way back up. Reed counters a takedown and looks for the back on the way up. Another takedown with a minute to go, landing punches on the way up. Reed keeps her stuck against the fence until the bell, landing knees. 10-9 Reed.
Final result: Reed def. Martinez by unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Darian Weeks vs. Yohan Lainesse
Round one: Lainesse circling to start. Jab splits the guard. Jab, low kick. 1-1-2 attempt in center cage. Hard 1-2 a minute in. Weeks looking for leg kicks, eats another 1-2. Mostly kicks from him so far. Jab and low kick by Lainesse, looks for another cross two minutes in. Knee stomp catches Lainesse throwing and knocks him off-balance. Weeks blitzes with punches and grabs a front headlock as Lainesse changes levels. Lainesse pops his head free after a short time. Two minutes to go.
More circling by Lainesse. Weeks trying and failing to catch him coming in with left hooks. Long left hook by Lainesse glances off. Weeks shoots, punches on the break with a minute to go. Lainesse goes southpaw, lands a leg kick. Weeks catches a body kick. Marching forward. Oblique kick. 10-9 Lainesse.
Round two: Weeks tries a quick body kick. Low kick by Lainesse, still circling. Oblique kick from Weeks. 1-1-2 attempt falls short, check hook does not a minute in. Another wide left hook. Lots of feints, no commitments on either side. Two minutes in. Low kick by Lainesse, good counter hook soon after. Weeks looks for a front kick, then fires a double-leg. Big left and slam, but Lainesse pops right out and separates with a minute to go.
Both whiff on big right hands. Jab from Lainesse. He’s just not committing to anything this round. Weeks fires a counter left, tries a reactive shot, puts him on the fence. One minute to go. Long hook from Lainesse when they separate. He shoots, denied, avoids a 1-2 rush. Weeks looks for a late shot and bit swings. 10-9 Weeks.
Round three: Back to the usual of Lainesse circling and Weeks advancing. Ugly combo attempt by Weeks, avoids a 1-2 in return. Lainesse tries a body kick. One minute in. Lainesse doing a lot of movement and very little throwing. Weeks shoots, denied. Knees to the body as Lainesse puts him on the fence. They separate. Weeks ducks a jab for another shot, gets sprawled on. Nice Browne elbow by Lainesse as he defends two minutes in. Weeks trying for a single-leg as Lainesse tries to wrench a kimura. Weeks looks for a spinning elbow on the break. Low kick by Lainesse with two minutes to go.
Weeks ducks another jab. Lainesse does a full circuit of the cage without throwing a thing. Jab by Lainesse. Lainesse body kick, Weeks cross and low kick. One minute to go. Weeks low kick. Lainesse seemingly afraid to throw anything. Both whiff against the fence. Weeks tries a front kick. 1-2 by Lainesse, who grabs a front headlock and tries a flying knee. Gonna be some interesting scoring. 10-9 Lainesse.
Final result: Lainesse def. Weeks by split decision