UFC 279 live stream: How to watch Diaz vs Ferguson online right now and card

Nate Diaz seen here taunting, will main event UFC 279.
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It's time to watch the UFC 279 live stream online, and if you haven't been checking the news, we have a surprise for you. The original Nate Diaz vs Khamzat Chimaev main event has been thrown out, and the card was re-jiggered to get us a new main event.

UFC 279 time and date

Date and Time: UFC 279 is today (Saturday, September 10)
UFC 279 main card:
10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT / 3 a.m. BST.
The early prelims begin at 6 p.m. ET and the main prelims start at 8 p.m. ET.
UFC 279 main event time: Ring-walks are estimated for 12 a.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT / 5 a.m. BST — but they could always go on earlier.
The event is live from Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena.
Watch in the US — ESPN Plus
Watch in the UK — BT Sport Box Office

Then, at the weigh-ins, we saw Khamzat Chimaev miss weight. Specifically, while Diaz met the 171-pound welterweight limit for non-title fights, Chimaev hit 178.5, off by 7.5 pounds. This throws the match — Diaz's final on his UFC contract — into chaos.

MMA writer Cole Shelton tweeted that someone in Diaz's camp said "Khamzat fight's not going to happen." Diaz's crew thinks Chimaev wasn't even trying to make weight, and instead cheat. Shelton noted that the belief is that Diaz will fight Tony Ferguson, or he will walk. 

Shelton's sources were right, and Diaz will now fight Ferguson. Chimaev fights Kevin Holland who... well, let's rewind a bit. He got into a verbal tiff with middleweight Paulo Costa on Wednesday, and then on Thursday he got into a scuffle with ... Kevin Holland.

Ferguson (-135, wager $135 to win $100) is a much slighter favorite over Diaz than Chimaev (-950) was. Those odds are via DraftKings, which has Diaz at +105 (bet $100 to win $105).

Here's everything you need to know about UFC 279 live streams, including the recent changes to the main card and prelims.

UFC 279 live streams: Get the PPV and a whole year of ESPN Plus

You're going to need ESPN Plus to watch UFC 279 live streams — and all the upcoming numbered UFC PPVS — so let's talk about the best deal to make this happen. 

You can get UFC 279 plus a year of ESPN Plus for $124.98, which is savings of $50 (ESPN Plus costs $99.99 per year and UFC 279 costs $74.99). If these numbers seem higher than usual, this is the first UFC under the new ESPN Plus pricing.

The main prelim fights are on ESPNEWS, so those who haven't subscribed to the latter yet can get a taste of it all for themselves, before forking out the cash. 

ESPNEWS is available on most cable packages, as well as two of the best streaming services: namely Sling TV (Orange + Sports Extra) and FuboTV

UFC 279 Early Prelim fights start at 6 p.m. ET on UFC FightPass, which is $9.99 per month. Then, the higher-up set of prelim fights that start at 8 p.m. ET, on ESPNEWS.

ESPN Plus for UFC 279save $50 by getting UFC 279 and the annual ESPN Plus subscription for $124.98.

You're gonna need ESPN Plus for UFC 279. While UFC 279 live streams cost $74.99 (on top of ESPN Plus), new subscribers and those on current monthly plans can save $50 by getting UFC 279 and the annual ESPN Plus subscription for $124.98. That subscription will renew at $99.99 for your second year.

Sling TV:

Sling TV: ESPNEWS is available with the Sling TV Orange + Sports Extra combo package. This also gets you the MLB Network, ESPN U and much more. 

How to watch UFC 279 in the UK and Australia

UFC 279 is another late-night affair for fight night fans in the UK — you'll likely Ferguson vs Diaz start at approximately 5 a.m. BST (on Sunday morning) if you're tuning in live. It's live on BT Sport Box Office, where it costs £19.95. Prelims are on UFC Fight Pass.

Just a heads up, though, the UFC 279 live stream is not available via a web browser, but through apps on Now TV devices, PlayStations, Xbox, Apple TV and some Smart TVs.

In Australia, UFC 279 is live on Sunday at 12 p.m. AEST on Kayo, where it costs AU$54.95.

How to watch UFC 279 live streams in Canada

Our neighbors in the great white north will watch the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, while the prelims are on TSN and RDS. UFC 279's main card is available on various providers, including BELL and Rogers.

UFC 279 fight card

Early prelims (6 p.m. ET) on UFC Fight Pass

  • Norma Dumont vs Danyelle Wolf [Women's Featherweight]
  • Chad Anheliger vs Alatengheili [Bantamweight]
  • Melissa Martinez vs Elise Reed [Women's Strawweight]
  • Darian Weeks vs Yohan Lainesse [Welterweight]

Prelims (8 p.m. ET) on ABC and ESPN

  • Hakeem Dawodu vs Julian Erosa [Featherweight]
  • Jailton Almeida vs Anton Turkalj [Catchweight]
  • Denis Tiuliulin vs Jamie Pickett [Middleweight]
  • Jake Collier vs Chris Barnett [Heavyweight]

Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN Plus)

  • Tony Ferguson vs Nate Diaz [Welterweight]
  • Li Jingliang vs Daniel Rodriguez [Catchweight]
  • Kevin Holland vs Khamzat Chimaev  [Catchweight]
  • Irene Aldana vs Macy Chiasson [Women's Bantamweight]
  • Johnny Walker vs Ion Cutelaba [Light Heavyweight]

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Henry T. Casey
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