UFC 279: Expert picks and best bets for Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz returns to the Octagon, for what could be his last appearance in the UFC, when he takes on Khamzat Chimaev in the UFC 279 main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday (ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET, with prelims on ESPNEWS/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. and early prelims on ESPN+ at 6 p.m.).

Diaz, an MMA legend who has 26 fights with the promotion, has earned a reputation for putting on a show in his fights. He is tied for the second-most fight night bonuses in the UFC with 15. He enters the fight coming off of back-to-back losses.

Chimaev, ranked No. 4 in ESPN’s welterweight rankings, has won five fights in a row since making his UFC debut in 2020. His last bout ended in a unanimous decision win over Gilbert Burns in April.

Brett Okamoto spoke to UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad to get his perspective on the matchup. Muhammad is No. 6 in ESPN’s divisional rankings. ESPN’s betting experts Ian Parker and Reed Kuhn add their insights and analysis for everything from the main event to some intriguing bets they like lower down the card.

Editor’s note: Responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Welterweight: Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz

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