Two of the truest fighters in mixed martial arts will meet in “The World’s Most Famous Arena” on November 2, as Nate Diaz faces Jorge Masvidal in the five-round main event of UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Fan favorites for their no nonsense, take no prisoners style in the Octagon, welterweights Diaz and Masvidal come into this highly-anticipated bout on the heels of recent wins that have them showing prime form.
UFC 244 Countdown: Full EpisodeThe BMF title is up for grabs as two gangsters of the Octagon square off. Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal headline UFC 244 and Kelvin Gastelum welcomes Darren Till to middleweight. See these athletes prepare ahead of their bouts at NYC’s famed MSG.
Jorge Masvidal - Gamebred (34-13-0, USA)Masvidal, who has won 34 fights but only two by submission, can’t afford to play a straight boxing game with Diaz. He has to at least threaten a takedown, and needs to use the low kick to discourage Diaz.
Masvidal is a smart enough fighter to stop Diaz, and it wouldn’t be a shock if he caught Diaz with a left hook-right hand combination that ends the fight.
Jorge Masvidal last bouts:
- Win(KO) over Ben Askren (UFC 239, Round 1 - Jul 2019)
- Win(KO) over Darren Till (UFC FN 147, Round 2 - Mar 2019)
- Loss(UD) over Stephen Thompson (UFC 217, Nov 2017)
- Loss Decision over Demian Maia (UFC 211, May 2017)
Nate Diaz (20-11-0, USA)Diaz is the physically bigger fighter and he’s undoubtedly going to be the one pressing forward as the fight begins. Masvidal can’t allow Diaz to get his jab working, nor can he afford to let Diaz flurry frequently.
Because his conditioning is so elite, Diaz can work at a rate few others can match. He’ll throw and throw and throw, and while he’s not the most heavy-handed fighter, those clean shots eventually take their toll.
Nate Diaz last bouts:
- Win(UD) over Anthony Pettis (UFC 241, Round 3 - Aug 2019)
- Loss(MD) over Conor McGregor (UFC 202, Round 5 - Aug 2016)
- Win(Submission) over Conor McGregor (UFC 196, Round 2 - Mar 2016)
- Win(UD) over Michael Johnson (UFC on Fox 17, Round 3 - Dec 2015)