Thursday's press conference for UFC 279 was canceled at the last minute when arguments and physical confrontations between the fighters got out of hand. According to UFC president Dana White, Kevin Holland and Khamzat Chimaev, both of whom are fighting on the card but not facing each other, were at the heart of the issue, forcing White and the UFC to cancel the conference before it truly began.
Holland is set to face Daniel Rodriguez on the card while Chimaev serves as one half of the main event opposite Nate Diaz.
According to multiple reports, once the scuffle began, Diaz's team got involved.
Early word is Khamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland initially got into it and the whole situation got out of hand. Then situation spilled over to Nate’s team. Lots of chaos. More coming in. Developing,— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 8, 2022
"S--- show. An absolute s--- show back there," White said as he canceled the event. "Ask them questions. There's lots of crazy s--- going on back there. ... Trust me when I tell you this is the right decision not to do this press conference right now. For everybody's safety, this is the right decision. I apologize."
White did say that Saturday's event will go ahead as planned and that no fighters will face punishment.
"This is what we do," White said. "This is the business we're in. This is the fight business. These things happen. What we do is look at how this happened today -- why were we unprepared for this? Why were we not able to manage this backstage better than we did? And we'll be better next time we do a press conference. This will never happen to us again."
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