In a break from the week-long news cycle surrounding the AEW All Out post-event press conference bout, the UFC had its own issues on Thursday, resulting in the cancellation of its UFC 279 press conference. .
Saturday’s pay-per-view is headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Khamzat Chimaev in the final fight over Diaz’s contract. As a general rule, any press event featuring Nate or his brother Nick is a must in terms of promotion.
The problems started with Kevin Holland, who is fighting on the card, and Chimaev after they tweeted about each other on social media for some time. Chimaev headed for Holland which led to a skirmish with Chimaev landing a front kick.
MMA agent Tiki Ghosn was one of the people who helped separate the two, but it caused its own problems. Members of Diaz’s team thought Ghosn was aligned with Chimaev and started yelling at him by throwing water bottles at Ghosn and Chimaev’s team. The officer, also a veteran, was also reportedly slapped and kicked during the exchange.
UFC President Dana White tried to salvage the media event by releasing six fighters in pairs, but decided to cancel after only one set (Holland and Daniel Rodriguez) came out.
White said afterwards that “it was a complete sh*tshow”, later promising that the organization would take steps to ensure that something like this never happened again.
Unlike the aforementioned AEW press conference, no fighters will be suspended or require medical attention.