The BMF belt is on the line. Two of the baddest men in the UFC — Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal — face off to see who’s the realest at UFC 244, exclusively on ESPN+.
Whenever the UFC puts on a show at Madison Square Garden, it’s always something special. This year’s NYC spectacular -- UFC 244 -- could be the biggest yet for the UFC, as Jorge Masvidal collides with Nate Diaz at welterweight in a barn-burner of a main event.
Masvidal is riding high off a highlight-reel knockout over Ben Askren, and Diaz is coming off an impressive victory over former champ Anthony Pettis. The Stockton native’s most recent win is remarkable considering he was on the sidelines for three years. Returning to take on Pettis, and winning decisively, was rather unexpected and set him up to battle Masvidal in a fight for the ages.
What’s at stake here? The winner will officially be declared the “baddest man on the planet.” The Rock is expected to be on hand to give the victor a “BMF” belt, to honor the “baddest mother f**ker” in the sport. Masvidal and Diaz are two of the most popular personalities in the game today, because they have the fighting skills to back up their slick promo work. These guys can talk a big game, and also deliver an exhilarating finish.
In the co-main, a new top contender at middleweight will be determined when Kelvin Gastelum takes on Darren Till. The 27-year-old Gastelum is currently ranked No. 4 at middleweight, and he’ll be right back in the title mix with a win over the Englishman. These are a pair of guys who have struggled with making weight, yet are supremely talented. The winner here could end up getting a championship opportunity against welterweight kingpin Israel Adesanya by the end of 2020.
Elsewhere on the preliminary card, No. 7 Corey Anderson looks to climb the light heavyweight ranks with a scrap opposite No. 10 Johnny Walker. These gentlemen have been clawing their way toward a crack at Jon Jones for years now, and a finish here in front of the New York faithful could do the trick to earn a title opportunity. The 30-year-old Anderson is riding a three-fight win streak, with victories over the likes of Patrick Cummins and Ilir Latifi. As for Walker, the 27-year-old Brazilian hasn’t lost a fight since joining the UFC last year. He’s one of the top young prospects at 205 pounds, but Anderson could be the stiffest test of his career.
UFC 244 EVENT DETAILS
Saturday, Nov. 2 @ 7:00 PM pst
Madison Square Garden
[Main event] Welterweight: Jorge Masvidal (34-13-0) vs. Nate Diaz (20-11-0)
[Co-main] Middleweight: Kelvin Gastelum (15-4-0, 1NC) vs. Darren Till (17-2-1)
Welterweight: Stephen Thompson (14-4-1) vs. Vicente Luque (17-6-1)
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis (21-7-0, 1NC) vs. Blagoy Ivanov (18-2-0, 1NC)
Lightweight: Kevin Lee (17-5-0) vs. Gregor Gillespie (13-0-0)
Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson (12-4-0) vs. Johnny Walker (12-3-0)
Featherweight: Shane Burgos (12-1-0) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (15-3-0)
Middleweight: Brad Tavares (17-5-0) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (10-0-0)
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