UFC 244 Live Results
Who’s the baddest? That question will be answered tonight at UFC 244, the promotion’s 500th total event, which takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In the main event, Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz square off for the BMF title in a bout heavily hyped by the MMA community not from the minute it was announced, but from the minute the challenge was thrown out.
Masvidal has experienced a career resurgence in 2019, scoring knockout wins over Darren Till and Ben Askren at UFC London and UFC 239, respectively — the latter of which marking a new record for fastest knockout in UFC history at five seconds.
Meanwhile, Diaz made his long-awaited UFC return after three years away from the Octagon in August at UFC 241, defeating Anthony Pettis. Following the win, Diaz called out Masvidal, stating, “there ain’t no gangsters in this game anymore [besides me and him]…I know my man’s a gangster, but he ain’t no West Coast gangster.”
The two personalities and fan favorites will be colliding for the custom-made championship, with former WWE champion and Hollywood megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on hand to award the title to the winner.
The rest of the UFC 244 card is stacked with talent, with former interim middleweight title challenger Kelvin Gastelum welcoming former welterweight title challenger Darren Till to 185. In addition, the main pay-per-view card will feature action from former welterweight title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, former heavyweight title challenger Derrick Lewis and former interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee — as they all take on up-and-comers, respectively, in Vicente Luque, Blagoy Ivanov and Gregor Gillespie.
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UFC 244 Main Card (ESPN+ PPV, 10 p.m. ET):
For the BMF Title: Jorge Masvidal def. Nate Diaz via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) (Rd. 3, 5:00)
Darren Till def. Kelvin Gastelum via split decison (27-30, 29-28, 30-27)
Stephen Thompson def. Vicente Luque via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Derrick Lewis def. Blagoy Ivanov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kevin Lee def. Gregor Gillespie via KO (Rd. 1, 2:47)
UFC 244 Preliminary Card (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET):
Corey Anderson def. Johnny Walker via TKO (Rd. 1, 2:07)
Shane Burgos def. Makwan Amirkhani via TKO (Rd. 3, 4:32)
Edmen Shahbazyan def. Brad Tavares via KO (Rd. 1, 2:27)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Andrei Arlovski via KO (Rd. 1, 0:29)
UFC 244 Early Prelims Card (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET):
Katlyn Chookagin def. Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lyman Good def. Chance Rencountre via TKO (Rd. 3, 2:03)
Hakeem Dawodu def. Julio Arce via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
BMF Title: Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz:
Round 1: The two come forward, with Masvidal faking a jumping knee attack. Diaz immediately pressures with a kick and jab. The two clinch up and Diaz’s back goes to the cage wall. Diaz reverses the position, and Masvidal lands a big elbow and a right hand that sends Diaz down. Diaz trying to put up his guard, but Masvidal throws down some heavy punches! A couple of shots to the body by Masvidal. Diaz lands a right hand from the bottom. Diaz is busted up badly on the right side of his face already. Upkick by Diaz to the body of Masvidal. Masvidal rains down some more blows, as he’s trying to work around Diaz’s legs. The pair are ordered back up. Body kick by Masvidal and Diaz clinches up again, bringing Masvidal back to the cage wall. Masvidal with another big elbow in the clinch. Bg one-two by Diaz and now it’s Masvidal that has to clinch! A couple of lefts from Diaz in the clinch. Upon separation, Masvidal lands a kick to the body and a combination. Diaz fires off a flurry that Masvidal backs away from. Front kick by Diaz. Big right-left from Diaz. And to think this is only round one…
Round 2: Masvidal targeting the cut early on. Diaz misses a leg kick. Diaz backs Masvidal up with his jab. Low side kick by Diaz. Kick to the body by Masvidal. Diaz goes to the body, but Masvidal tags him upstairs. Diaz with an overhand. Left hand by Masvidal. Diaz putting on the pressure once again, but Masvidal gets him off with a right hand. Masvidal lands another right and Diaz is stunned once again. Diaz goes to the ground again, and Masvidal lets him up. Masvidal comes inside and lands a right hand before clinching up with Diaz. The action moves along the cage walls. Big combination by Masvidal upon separation. Kick by Masvidal and another quick flurry that caught Diaz off guard. A couple of left hooks. Masvidal takes Diaz down and has Diaz’s back. Diaz trying to get back to his feet, but Masvidal has got him pinned. Diaz attempted to scramble, but Masvidal stayed on top.
Round 3: Each man lands a right to start. Diaz landed to the body. Each man flashing the jab, as Diaz pressures him with the jab. Big right hand lands for Masvidal. Another kick to the body by Masvidal. Diaz with the Stockton Slap! Masvidal again with a kick to the body. Big left hand from Masvidal, and we have another clinch. Diaz with a right hand, but his kick is blocked. Three-punch combo from Diaz. Right hand by Diaz. Left hand by Diaz. Right hand by Masvidal! Left hand by Diaz! These two are throwing down! Masvidal targets the body some more. Right hand by Diaz. Right hand by Diaz again, this time it backs Masvidal up. Another clinch and Diaz is in control, bringing Masvidal back to the cage. Diaz landing a couple of hammer fists. Diaz can’t get a trip, and Masvidal briefly gets on top before Diaz gets back up. Masvidal, however, gets the fight to the ground with him in top control again. Diaz landing several strikes from bottom though, which includes a Stockton Slap! Masvidal answers with a big elbow!
The doctor waves off the fight due to the laceration on Nate Diaz.
Official Result: Jorge Masvidal def. Nate Diaz via TKO (Rd. 3, 5:00)