The previous two days preceding UFC 279 were action-packed. The day before the bout, at the weigh-ins, the main event between welterweights Khamzat Chimaev and Nate Diaz was thrown into disarray when Chimaev failed to make weight.
UFC play-by-play announcer Jon Anik, who is usually in charge of hosting the pre-fight weigh-ins, was caught off guard. As a result of Joe Rogan's insider knowledge, he was able to make the necessary alterations. But he "swore to secrecy," he said.
“I was sworn to secrecy by the great Joe Rogan, who called me at 9:30 in the morning and suggested that this was what Dana White was trying to do. I appreciated that because, at that point in time, I was in the dark,” Anik said.
“Every time I would come out [during official weigh-ins], the media was looking for something and I’m saying, ‘Oh, no, Irene Aldana and Macy Chiasson are fighting at a catchweight at 140 pounds,’ and [everyone] was looking at me like, ‘Is that it, bro? Is that the update right now?”
After being around for quite some time, Anik has witnessed some truly bizarre events. However, he thinks that UFC 279 is the best of the bunch so far.