UFC 244: Diaz vs Masvidal Preview
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, November 2, 2019
The UFC return to the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden for UFC 244, which is shaping up to be one of the most stacked cards of the year.
The event features plenty of exciting fight from the prelims to the main card itself; Corey Anderson vs Johnny Walker, which could potentially determine a new number one contender for Jon Jones’ Light-Heavyweight Championship, Stephen Thompson vs Vincente Luque, former welterweight title contender Darren Till moving up to middleweight to take on former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum, and the main event between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal.
There is a lot of excitement for the main event, so much so that UFC President Dana White had a new title created: BMF title, which will determine who’s the baddest in the fight game. That’s not all as the winner will have the “BMF” title awarded to them by actor and WWE legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Both Diaz and Masvidal have had their fair share of wars inside the octagon and have built quite the reputations for themselves in the process.
Masvidal began his foray into fighting much like Kimbo Slice; street fighting videos on YouTube before transitioning and mastering new skills in MMA. Coming into this fight, Masvidal is on a two-fight win streak that includes a second-round knockout over Darren Till and a first-round highlight reel knockout over Ben Askren, which at five seconds is the fastest knockout in UFC history.
Diaz on the other hand is coming off an impressive unanimous win over former UFC Lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, which was his first fight after a three-year layoff. Following the win, Diaz called out Masvidal, who wasted little time in accepting the bout.
It’ll be interesting to see how the main event plays out as both possess great stand-up ability however, if the fight goes to the ground, Diaz will have a significant advantage in terms of grappling and can submit Masvidal if given the opportunity.
With that in mind, Diaz may attempt to bring the fight to the ground early as a tactic in order to slow down Masvidal and then take advantage in the stand-up once fatigue sets in or both fighters may chose to just keep the fight standing up and turn the main event into an all out slugfest.
Although there are no championships being defended at UFC 244, it’s possible that this card may go down as the most entertaining of the year because of what each fight offers fans as well as implications in terms of future title shots for the winners.
Ahead of UFC 244, be sure to check out BarnBurner’s “Ground and Pound” MMA show, to hear Joe Peisich, Steve Carney of WDAE in Tampa, Florida, and myself breakdown the event.
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