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Conor McGregor congratulates UFC 279’s ‘bonafide superstar’ Nate Diaz, trashes Khamzat for weight miss

The entire mixed martial arts (MMA) community will be on the edge of its seat for the return of Nate Diaz later tonight (Sat., Sept. 10, 2022) at UFC 279 live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, including Diaz’s former foe, Conor McGregor.

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BLOCKBUSTER WELTERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Sept. 10, 2022, with a must-watch updated Welterweight thriller that will see perennial fan favorite, Nate Diaz now battles former top-ranked Lightweight contender, Tony Ferguson, who will return to the 170-pound weight class for this last minute, upgraded assignment. Meanwhile, In UFC 279’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, we now get the undefeated No. 3-ranked contender, Khamzat Chimaev, opposite Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland.

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Despite a last-second main event change that now has Diaz fighting Tony Ferguson instead of undefeated welterweight contender Khamzat Chimaev, the Stockton, Calif., native will still make the walk Saturday night in Las Vegas. It is the last fight on Diaz’s current UFC contract and many believe it to be the final time we’ll see the veteran fighter step foot inside of the Octagon. Diaz is expected to leave UFC and test free agency heading into 2023.

There is no doubt about it that Diaz will be the main attraction at UFC 279. Even though he has just one win in his last four trips to the cage Diaz remains one of the most recognizable names on UFC’s roster and one of the last remaining OG’s in the sport. That is why the MMA world will be watching and soaking up every minute of action as Diaz fights Ferguson in the main event.

McGregor — who has shared the Octagon with Diaz on two memorable occasions — paid respect to his former foe via social media earlier today. It was a nice sendoff from “Notorious,” who still believes he will one day have his trilogy fight with Diaz.

“Congrats Nate Diaz on making it to the end of his contractual obligations with the UFC, and as a bonafide superstar goer. An incredible feat. Fair play. Our trilogy will happen,” wrote McGregor.

McGregor also shunned Chimaev for missing weight and smirking about it on the scale. According to “Notorious,” Khamzat should have been removed from the card entirely.

“My opinion they should have pulled Khamzat from the card entirely. Reconfiguring bouts, and with a more favorable bout for the failed cutter, will only make many others in the game follow suit. The smirks on the scale where enough for me. Pull from the card and starve. McG UFC,” wrote McGregor.

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