UFC 244 Live: UFC 244 Live Stream, The UFC returns to Madison Square Garden on Saturday for UFC 244. The ESPN+ pay-per-view card is headlined by a welterweight matchup between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz. The BMF title, a title that Diaz invented, is on the line in that contest. Masvidal is having a remarkable 2019. The veteran competitor said that he got sick of losing split decisions, so he just decided to start scoring knockouts. In his first two fights this year, Masvidal has scored two knockouts. He stopped Darren Till in March and then followed that with a July starching of Ben Askren. The Askren knockout took all of five seconds, making it the fastest stoppage in UFC history.
In August, Diaz returned from a break of nearly three years to score a decision win over former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. It was after that matchup that Diaz called out Masvidal to fight for the BMF title.
In the co-main event of Saturday’s fight card, Kelvin Gastelum, who is coming off a decision loss to Israel Adesanya, looks to get back in the win column when he welcomes Darren Till to the middleweight division. Till enters the fight on a two-fight losing skid. The stoppage losses to Tyron Woodley and Masvidal are the only defeats on Till’sTill’s record. UFC 244 takes place Saturday at New York’sYork’s Madison Square Garden. The pay-per-view card airs on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
Before the fighters step into the octagon on Saturday, they will hit the scales. The ceremonial weigh-ins take place Friday. The first fighter is set to hit the scale at 6 p.m. ET. If Nate Diaz never fights again after UFC 244, he’ll be financially set.
That said, while the media obligations, bright lights and mental and physical tolls aren’t his favorite things, Diaz told reporters at UFC 244 media day Thursday that he can’t live without fighting either.
“I’ll never have to fight again (after UFC 244),” Diaz said. “I didn’t have to fight a long time ago. But what am I going to do? I’ve got all kinds of other stuff going on, but … I don’t like not fighting.”
Diaz has a love-hate relationship of sorts with fighting. He presumably has made a solid chunk of change during his 28 UFC appearances, which included back-to-back big-money fights with Conor McGregor.Diaz (20-11 MMA, 18-10 UFC) is on the verge of another large payday Saturday night, when he takes on Jorge Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 13-7 UFC) for the “BMF” title at Madison Square Garden.
The X-factor for taking fights after Masvidal is promotability. Will an opponent step up and prove himself as a second ‘BMF’ foil for Diaz? Time will tell, but Diaz isn’t ruling out UFC 244 being his last fight.
“I’ll take forever off or I’ll get back to it if anybody comes correct,” Diaz said. “The only reason we’ve had problems in the past is because you better treat me like it’s supposed to be. I’ve been in this game forever doing my thing regardless of outcome. I’m coming back my next fight stronger, better anyways.”There is so much happening on the periphery of Saturday’s main event at UFC 244 (ESPN+) at the Garden.
President Trump is expected to be in attendance, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is scheduled to hand out the fictitious belt for the “Baddest MotherF—er” to the winner between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz.
Not to mention the looming possibility the winner of the bout potentially could fight come-backing dual former champion Conor McGregor at some point in 2020 following McGregor’s planned tune-up Jan. 18 in Las Vegas.
“Conor’s done amazing things in the sport,” Masvidal said Thursday at the Marriot Marquis. “I try to give credit where credit is due. He’s got two belts. He’s got the fastest knockout, with the title.“He’s done a lot of great things, but as of late, he hasn’t competed in a while.”
McGregor’s last fight came against Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229 in October 2018, a title bout he lost via fourth-round submission. He reportedly twice since March has been the subject of investigations for sexual assault in Ireland.