“Tony’s been around a long time, we should have fought a long time ago,” Diaz said. “Khabib [Nurmagomedov]’s b****a** was afraid of him just like this b****a** motherf***** was afraid of me yesterday. We punked his b****a** in the back here and now he doesn’t make weight.
“You guys already know what it is. Real Gs come from California, America motherf*****.”
Diaz and Khamzat were part of a backstage altercation at Thursday’s UFC 279 press conference, which was cancelled following the incident.
Ferguson was moved from a co-main event bout with Li Jingliang into the headliner after Chimaev missed the welterweight limit by 7.5 pounds at Friday’s official weigh-ins. That gaffe resulted in a lineup shuffle that saw Ferguson promoted to the main event opposite Diaz and Chimaev bumped to a catchweight co-main event against Kevin Holland. Both bouts are scheduled to be five-round contests.
For his part, Ferguson was focused solely on the new matchup.
“Grab your f****** popcorn and blue Slushees motherf****** because we’re going to have some fun!” Ferguson said.
Chimaev and Holland had a tenser face-off as they have a history of bad blood and were also reportedly part of Thursday’s backstage melee.
“It all happened for a good reason,” Holland said after facing off with his new opponent. “All these guys claiming they’re gangsters, they’re not gangsters. They wear makeup for the HD cameras and that’s as simple as it is.”
Holland was asked if the Chimaev fight was a better matchup, to which he answered, “F*** no, but it’s going to be a fun one.”
Chimaev was met with a chorus of boos and did not apologize for his egregious weight miss, instead claiming that he was not permitted to cut more weight.
“They stopped that s***,” Chimaev said before responding to the crowd. “I don’t know, I wanted more cutting that s***. Hey, this is Chechnya motherf*******, shut up, guys. I f*** your boy up, I f*** him backstage as well.”
Like Holland, Chimaev was unshaken by the lineup change.
“I don’t care, I want to smash everybody,” Chimaev said. “I come here f*** everybody, you know? I’m going to take over now.”
UFC 279 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.