At the last minute I decided to watch UFC 244. A part of me felt I could wait until the fight ended between Masvidal and Diaz to, but then I also felt I only live once. Who knows if this kind of fight would ever happen again? It’s not every day UFC puts on a main bout that isn’t a title fight in New York City at Madison Square Garden where the winner gets the BMF belt. The attendance was 20,143 and the total revenue was $6,575,996. The Fight of the Night went to Stephen Thompson vs. Vicente Luque and Performance of the Night went to Kevin Lee and Corey Anderson. They all received $50,000 each. UFC 244 was the 500th live event. I did not watch the early preliminary or preliminary fights, but included the outcomes below.
Early Preliminary Card
Katlyn Chookagian (Catchweight) defeated Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision where all three judges scored it 29-28.
Lyman Good (Welterweight) defeated Chance Rencountre by TKO punches in third round
Hakeem Dawodu (Featherweight) defeated Julio Arce by split decision where two judges scored 29-28 and one judge scored 28-29.
Corey Anderson (Light Heavyweight) defeated Johnny Walker by TKO punches in first round.
Shane Burgos (Featherweight) defeated Makwan Amirkhani by TKO punches in third round.
Edmen Shah (Middleweight) defeated Brad Tavares by KO head kick in first round.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (Heavyweight) defeated Andrei Arlovski by KO punch in first round.
I timed this perfectly as I had about 45 minutes to wait until the Main Card. Once it started, it went pretty quickly with the first fight ending in the first round and the one between Masvidal and Diaz ending unexpectedly. All I can say is I’ve seen worse, but people need their eyes to see. I’m not going to go in depth and describe all rounds between the fighters. As I was watching this, I took short notes and to get this posted before it turns November 3rd, I’m sort of shortening this out. Plus, I’m tired and don’t really want to go in depth right now.
The first fight between Kevin Lee (Welterweight) and Gregor Gillepsie was short and crazy in the fact Gillespie was lights out for a while. The fight ended 2.47 minutes into the first round by KO head kick. Kevin Lee was the winner.
The second fight between Derrick Lewis (Heavyweight) and Blagoy Ivanov went all three rounds with a split decision. The judges scored all differently with 30-27, 28-29, and 29-28. Derrick Lewis was the winner.
The third fight between Stephen Thompson (Welterweight) and Vicente Luque went all three rounds with a unanimous decision. Luque took more punches than a speed bag and kept going. He had a face made of steel. Two judges scored 30-26 and one judge scored 29-27. Stephen Thompson was the winner.
The fourth fight between Darren Till (Middleweight) and Kelvin Gastelum went all three rounds with a split decision. The judges scored all differently with 27-30, 29-28, and 30-27. Darren Till was the winner.
And now to the fight everyone came to see either through PPV or was lucky enough to score a seat at Madison Square Garden. The BMF title was up for grabs. Who was it going to be? West Coast fighter from Stockton, California or East Coast fighter from Miami, Florida. After the two fighters arrived into the arena and then the ring, the fight started and never got full momentum that it should due to Jorge Masdival sticking close to Nate Diaz during the first three rounds. Masdival showed the reason he belonged in the Welterweight division as a well-rounded fighter. Diaz was bloodied up in the first round, but he kept fighting and surviving during the next two rounds. Each time Diaz was punched by Masdival, the cut above his right eye kept opening more and bleeding all over. I told myself Diaz has to turn things up and huge in these last two rounds, but I never got a chance to see it. The doctor looked at Diaz’s eye again and stopped the fight. So in other words, Jorge Masdival defeated Nate Diaz by TKO doctor stoppage after the third round was finished and before the fourth one began. The booing could be heard from the crowd and I was a little surprised. I’ve seen worse on fighters continue, but without workable eyes it’s hard to fight.
The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) presented the BMF belt to Masdival. Masdival hugged it out with Diaz. They both agreed in separate quick interviews by Joe Rogan that there would another fight. I’m sure there will be and hope that Diaz can come back stronger and not take so many shots to the face and legs. Masdival definitely wobbled and hurt him. Masdival is quick on his feet and powerful with his hands. Okay, there’s my quick recap so I could get this in before Sunday hits.
Good night, everyone.