Saturday night’s UFC 244 (main card 10 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. PDT on ESPN+ pay-per-view, preorder today) features something of a rarity as far as pay-per-view events go for the UFC: There will not be a division championship at stake in this card’s main event.
Rather, UFC 244’s main event will feature a special title to be awarded by football player-turned WWE Champion-turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Saturday, No. 3 contender Jorge Masvidal (33-13) and No. 7 contender Nate Diaz (20-11) will compete in a Welterweight main event for the BMF Title.
As always in the UFC, this main event will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes-per-round.
If you don’t know what BMF means, just type that acronym into a search engine, because believe me, it is definitely not something you’d want to say in front of anyone who’s sensitive to coarse language (i.e., your mother.)
This fight will cap a 12-match card, and the main card action is preceded by early prelims at 6:30 p.m. EDT, 3:30 p.m. PDT on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass, with late prelims airing at 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT on ESPN2. ESPN is airing college football on Saturday night, hence the late prelims airing on the sister station.
Note: Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday morning at 2 a.m. local time. Set your clocks back an hour before bed on Saturday night.
Heading into Saturday’s BMF Title fight, Nate Diaz is the taller man, standing 6-foot-1, two inches taller than Jorge Masvidal’s 5-foot-11 frame. Both contenders in this fight have posted 3-2 records in their last five UFC appearances.
Masvidal enters this contest on a two-fight winning streak, scoring a first-round knockout (flying knee) vs. Ben Askren in UFC 239 on July 6. At five seconds into the first round, Masvidal set the UFC promotional record for quickest knockout in history.
In the other corner, Nate Diaz won last time out via unanimous decision in UFC 241 back in August vs. Sergio Pettis.
The Tale of the Tape
UFC.com shows that Nate Diaz owns a two-inch reach advantage (76 inches to 74 inches) over Jorge Masvidal, with Masvidal owning the leg reach advantage (39.5 inches to 38 inches) over Diaz heading into the fight.
Prediction: Jorge Masvidal by third-round knockout.
Other fights on Saturday’s main card include
No. 4 contender Kelvin Gastelum (16-3, one no-contest) vs. No. 10 contender Darren Till (17-2-1) [Middleweight, co-main event]
No. 9 contender Stephen Thompson (14-4-1) vs. No. 14 contender Vicente Luque (16-6-1) [Welterweight]
No. 5 contender Derrick Lewis (21-7, one no-contest) vs. No. 8 contender Blagoy Ivanov (17-2, one no-contest) [Heavyweight]
No. 10 contender Kevin Lee (17-4) vs. No. 11 contender Gregor Gillespie (13-0) [Lightweight]
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