On Saturday, November 2, the UFC will host UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz from Madison Square Garden in New York. There was an announced sellout crowd of 20,143 at MSG, paying a gate of $6,575,996.19.
The main event is slated to be one of the biggest mixed martial arts blockbusters of the year. In the main event, Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal will go to battle for inaugural “baddest mother**ker” (BMF) title.
The fight has gained worldwide attention, bringing current sitting U.S. President Donald Trump to the event, as well as actor and former professional wrestler, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who will wrap the BMF title around the waist of the main event winner. The hype was real, the build up was there, but a cut would stop the fight at the end of the third round in favor of Masvidal, much to the disappointment of most everyone in the arena.
In the night’s co-main event slot, former middleweight title contender Kelvin Gastelum would take on former welterweight title contender Darren Till.
Former two-time welterweight title contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson would look to avoid being submitted by BJJ ace Vicente Luque, while heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Blagoy Ivanov will each look to land a crushing knockout blow. This contest would win the ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, awarding both contestants an extra $50,000.
Former UFC heavyweight title contender Derrick Lewis comes out on top of a split decision win over Blagoy Ivanov. Lewis threw bombs throughout the contest, Ivanov was rocked, but somehow survived.
Kevin Lee opens up the pay-per-view portion of the card against a man he says is his ‘most dangerous opponent to date,’ in Gregor Gillespie. Lee would take home an extra $50,000 due to an awarded ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus.
The event kicks off with three preliminary-card bouts streaming on ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET. The action then moves to ESPN 2 for the remainder of the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The five-fight main card airs live on ESPN+ pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
Oh my goodness!!!! Kevin Lee opens up the pay-per-view portion of the UFC 244 to land a head kick knockout that lifted Gregor Gillespie off of his feet. Incredible!
How good is Corey Anderson? WOW! The Ultimate Fighter winner puts stops the Johnny Walker hype train dead in its tracks with a first round finish over the rising 205-pounder. Will we see Anderson vs. Jon “Bones” Jones next? Anderson too was awarded a $50,000 ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus.
“Hurricane” Shane Burgos picked up his sixth win inside the UFC octagon in an extremely hard fought battel against Makwan Amirkhani. “Mr. Finland” Amirkhani came on strong in the first, taking Burgos down, opening him up with a cut, and working for submissions, but all that energy spent may have been too much as Burgos turned the fight around and took the fight to his opponent.
Edmen Shahbazyan made quick work of Brad Tavares with a very big knockout coming in the very first round. The future is bright for this undefeated youngster.
— UFC (@ufc) November 3, 2019
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski was put out early in the first round at the hands of Jair Rozenstruik. This may have been the last time we see Arlovski compete inside the octagon.
— UFC (@ufc) November 3, 2019
Complete UFC 244 results below:
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Jorge Masvidal defeated Nate Diaz via TKO – Round 3, 5:00 – for BMF title
Darren Till defeated Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 30-27)
Stephen Thompson defeated Vicente Luque via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Derrick Lewis defeated Blagoy Ivanov via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Kevin Lee defeated Gregor Gillespie via KO – Round 1, 2:47
ESPN 2 Preliminary Card
Corey Anderson defeated Johnny Walker via TKO – Round 1, 2:07
Shane Burgos defeated Makwan Amirkhani via TKO – Round 3, 4:32
Edmen Shahbazyan defeated Brad Tavares via KO – Round 1, 2:27
Jair Rozenstruik defeated Andrei Arlovski via KO – Round 1, 0:29
ESPN+ Preliminary Card
Katlyn Chookagian defeated Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lyman Good defeated Chance Rencountre via TKO – Round 3, 2:03
Hakeem Dawodu defeated Juio Arce via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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