UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz

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In the main event, Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal fight for the first “BMF” title belt over five rounds at welterweight. The promotion created the title as a one-off with pro-wrestling icon Dwayne “The Rock” Jackson set to crown the winner.

In the co-headliner, middleweights Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till try to bounce back from recent losses. Gastelum returns after a failed bid for the interim middleweight title against current champ Israel Adesanya, while Till makes his debut at 185 pounds after a knockout loss to Masvidal.

UFC pay-per-views in 2019 have wildly delivered, but Saturday night in New York City has the ability to go down as one of the best of the entire year. It’s rare to get a card from the promotion that’s loaded from top to bottom, but that is exactly what we’re going to get inside Madison Square Garden this weekend.

From Stipe Miocic upsetting Daniel Cormier to regain the heavyweight crown to Henry Cejudo becoming an overnight sensation with a second divisional belt, PPVs have mattered. And Saturday night at Madison Square Garden will be no different when Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz square off for the newly minted “BMF” title in New York City.

Masvidal gets the opportunity to headline his first PPV event after two of the most brutal knockouts of the year. He rallied to finish Darren Till in England with a slick left hook before “ending” Ben Askren in a UFC record five seconds with a flying knee from across the cage.

His brand has never been hotter and one could make the argument he’s a win on Saturday short of earning a title shot.

Diaz, meanwhile, will enter just his second fight in three years after earning a decision over Anthony Pettis in August. The younger of two fighting brothers has reached cult-hero status after his wars with Conor McGregor and more recently fighting USADA and UFC to clear his name of a reported adverse finding in his drug test just a week before this bout. Diaz said he would not show up until his name was cleared of any wrongdoing. His pressure worked as UFC and USADA subsequently released statements that Diaz did not commit an anti-doping violation.

All of this is to say: we are blessed to finally reach fight day and see two of the baddest — and coolest — fighters in UFC do battle for 25 minutes on Saturday night.

Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride. Let’s take a closer look at the rest of the card with the latest odds from MGM.

UFC 244 fight card
FIGHT
Jorge Masvidal -175 vs. Nate Diaz +145

Kelvin Gastelum -230 vs. Darren Till +180

Stephen Thompson -130 vs. Vicente Luque +100

Blagoy Ivanov -130 vs. Derrick Lewis +100
Gregor Gillespie -175 vs. Kevin Lee +145
Johnny Walker -150 vs. Corey Anderson +120
Shane Burgos -260 vs. Makwan Amirkhani +210
Jair Rozenstruik -150 vs. Andrei Arlovski +120
Katlyn Chookagian -160 vs. Jennifer Maia +130

Edmen Shahbazyan -125 vs. Brad Tavares -105
Lyman Good -135 vs. Chance Rencountre +105
Hakeen Dawodu -135 vs. Julio Arce +105

Main card

Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Darren Till

Stephen Thompson vs. Vicente Luque

Derrick Lewis vs. Blagoy Ivanov

Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie

Undercard

Corey Anderson vs. Johnny Walker

Shane Burgos vs. Makwan Amirkhani

Brad Tavares vs. Edmen Shahbazyan

Andrei Arlovski vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jennifer Maia

Lyman Good vs. Chance Rencountre

Julio Arce vs. Hakeem Dawodu

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