UFC 244 took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 3 (AEST). The top of pay-per-view fight card saw welterweights Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, squaring off in the BMF title fight.
The scheduled for five rounds encounter didn’t go the distance. The doctor stopped the contest after Round 3 due to a cut on Diaz’s eye. As a result, Masvidal took the win by TKO. “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson wrapped the BMF belt around “Gamebred”.
In addition, Masvidal updated his record to 35-13. Diaz dropped to 20-12.
In the co-main event Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till met at middleweight. The encounter went a full three-round distance and ended in favor of the latter, who took the win by split decision.
Also on the main card Stephen Thompson scored a unanimous decision against Vicente Luque at welterweight, and Derrick Lewis took a split decision against Blagoy Ivanov at heavyweight. In addition, Kevin Lee knocked Gregor Gillespie out in the first round of their lightweight bout.
All four bouts on the preliminary card ended prior to the final horn. The early preliminary lineup featured three outings. The complete UFC 244 results can be found below.
UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz results
Jorge Masvidal def. Nate Diaz by TKO (doctor’s stoppage, R3 at 5:00)
Darren Till def. Kelvin Gastelum by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 30-27)
Stephen Thompson def. Vicente Luque by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 29-27)
Derrick Lewis def. Blagoy Ivanov by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Kevin Lee def. Gregor Gillespie by KO (head kick, R1 at 2:47)
Corey Anderson def. Johnny Walker by TKO (punches, R1 at 2:07)
Shane Burgos def. Makwan Amirkhani by TKO (punches, R3 at 4:32)
Edmen Shahbazyan def. Brad Tavares by KO (head kick, R1 at 2:27)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Andrei Arlovski by KO (punch, R1 at 0:29)
Katlyn Chookagian def. Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Lyman Good def. Chance Rencountre by TKO (punches, R3 at 2:03)
Hakeem Dawodu def. Julio Arce by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)