Masvidal vs Diaz RECAP: Nate Diaz loses via controversial Dr stoppages as Darren Till wins – Express
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Jorge Masvidal celebrates claiming the BMF title agaisnt Nate Diaz
Hello, and welcome to Express Sport’s recap of UFC 244: Masvidal vs Diaz, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York.
This morning’s card was headlined by the eagerly-anticipated clash of fan favourites Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz. The winner of the battle of UFC veterans would be crowned the ‘Baddest Motherf****r in the Game’ and have athenewly-created £39,000 title wrapped around their waist by WWE legend The Rock.
Also on the card was a middleweight barnburner between Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till, with the latter making his debut in the stacked 185lb division.
Express Sport was cage-side for all the action at ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’, which you can recap below:
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Masvidal vs Diaz – Live – 08:00 – That’s a wrap, folks
Masvidal has just finished up in the post-fight press conference, so that marks the end of our live coverage of UFC 244.
UFC 245 is the promotion’s next pay-per-view card, which will be headlined by the eagerly-anticipated welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington.
Masvidal vs Diaz – live – 07:36 – Jorge Masvidal arrives for the presser
‘Gamebred’ has arrived and he’s drinking some booze.
“As far as painting my Piccaso, I almost got to do it,” Masvidal said when asked about the doctor’s stoppage.
He added: “Nate’s a f******g dog.”
Masvidal vs Diaz – live – 07:15 – Diaz adamant he wants a rematch
When pressed on if he’ll fight anyone other than Masvidal, he said: “Right now, the rematch is the only thing I’m interested in.”
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Jorge Masvidal celebrates with the BMF title
Masvidal vs Diaz live – 06:55 – Nate Diaz is here
Nate Diaz believes the doctor stoppage was wrong but isn’t making any complaints about the decision.
He’s also revealed that he was dealing with a knee injury in the build-up to the fight.
Masvidal vs Diaz live – 06:53 – Darren Till reflects on Kelvin Gastelum win
After seeing off Kelvin Gastelum via split decision, Darren Till – who lost his last two on the bounce – believes he’s silenced his doubters.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 06:34 – Darren Till arrives and is on crutches
Till limps into the post-fight press conference on crutches and revealed he went into the fight with Kelvin Gastelum with a knee injury.
Jorge Masvidal speaks to Joe Rogan alongside boxing legend Roberto Duran
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 06:28 – Dana White gives Conor McGregor update
White says there’s been no movement on Conor McGregor fighting Donald Cerrone and revealed ‘Cowboy’ spoked to him and told him he hopes the rumours are true.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 06:23 – Dana White explains why BMF title rematch won’t happen straight away
According to White, Nate Diaz will need to undergo surgery around his eye to remove cartilage and scar tissue and that he could be on the sidelines for a while.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 06:00 – Dana White shuts down immediate rematch between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal
Dana White says an immediate rematch between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz ‘doesn’t interest’ him right now.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: The Rock made a grand entrance with the BMF title before the main event
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 05:55 – Wonderboy wanted the winner of the BMF title fight
Thompson revealed he wanted to fight the winner of Masvidal vs Diaz had the fight not ended in a controversial manner.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 05:45 – Thompson gives his thoughts on the BMF title fight
He said: “I’m pretty sure he (Nate Diaz) didn’t want any more.”
He also gave his thoughts on Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington, which headlines UFC 245 on December 14, saying: “I’m leaning towards my man Usman.”
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 05:39 – Stephen Thompson is here
Wonderboy is fielding questions from the media and has revealed he injured his right hand in his unanimous decision victory over Vicente Luque.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Jorge Masvidal speaks to Nate Diaz after the doctor stoppage
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 05:35 – A crazy scorecard from David Tirelli
Judge David Tirelli almost handed Darren Till his third loss in a row by scoring the fight in favour of Kelvin Gastelum, handing in a scorecard of 30-27.
I don’t know what fight he was watching but it was evident for all to see Gastelum didn’t do anywhere near enough to warrant that scorecard.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 05:25 – Still waiting for the post-fight presser to get underway
UFC president Dana White is also expected to attend this press conference, where he’ll no doubt field a slew of questions about the BMF title fight, Donald Trump and the lightweight title picture.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: The judges’ scorecard for Kelvin Gastelum vs Darren Till
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 05:15 – We await the post-fight press conference
Masvidal, Diaz and Darren Till are expected to attend the post-fight press conference and discusses their respective fights.
Diaz will no doubt have a lot to say after the controversial ending to the BMF title fight.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 04:57 – Diaz wants a do-over
A furious Nate Diaz wants a rematch after a controversial end to the BMF title fight.
In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, he said: “I’m coming back for your a** motherf****r.”
Prior to that, Masvidal, who was also disappointed with the manner in which the fight ended, said: “We can run it back.”
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 04:48 – It’s over
To use a phrase often uttered by legendary WWE commentator Jim Ross, the third round was an absolute slobber-knocker.
Both men had their moments, rocking the other with heavy shots – the heaviest being a vicious body kick landed by Masvidal.
At one point, all strategy went out the window and they traded heavy leather inside the pocket, to the delight of the fans.
Diaz ended the round with a bad cut over his eye, which prompted the referee to come in and inspect it. And to the disappointment of the entire MSG crowd, he decided Diaz couldn’t see, which meant Masvidal was awarded a fourth-round TKO victory.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: The Rock wrapped the BMF title around Jorge Masvidal’s waist
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: A cut to Nate Diaz’s eye caused the doctor to stop the bout
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 04:44 – More of the same, guys.
That round had absolutely everything and more in it.
Masvidal dropped Diaz again in that stanza with a vicious body shot. Diaz, 34, is refusing to wilt and is continuing to march forward in pursuit of victory.
The round ended with a scramble on the ground, after which a bloody Diaz flexed as he went back to his corner.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 04:35 – What a start
Masvidal drops Nate shortly after the 1:30 mark after landing a nasty elbow from inside the clinch and a head kick as Diaz fell to his feet.
Diaz, for the life of me, has somehow managed to survive that vicious onslaught and managed to come back and land hard shots of his own. That durable chin of his continues to hold up, meaning we go to the second.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 04:26 – Here we go!
Both men are in the Octagon. Let’s do this, guys.
Mavidal vs Diaz Live: Jorge Masvidal drills Nate Diaz with a vicious body kick
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 04:18 – The main event is minutes away.
Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz is just a matter of minutes away, with the BMF title on the line. This is going to be pure violence, folks.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 04:10 – Till gets the nod
Darren Till is back folks. He’s just beating the No.4-ranked Kelvin Gastelum via split decision – with the judges scoring it 30-27, 29-28, 30-27.
Afterwards, he says: “F**k all them doubters.”
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 04:08 – We go to the judges
The third and final round saw Till pick up the pace and let his hands go, which paid off as he landed several clean left hands. It was, however, still a mightly closes round.
I have it scored for Till, but it remains to be seen if the judges agree with me.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Darren Till edged out Kelvin Gastelum via split decision
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 04:00 – Another close round
Like it’s predecessor, much of the second round was played out on the cage. Till did have some success when the fight was in the centre of the Octagon, landing multiple leg kicks and a couple of straight lefts. The fans weren’t happy with the lack of heavy leather being traded and made those feelings known with two minutes of the stanza remaining.
All to play for here in the third.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 03:54 – A scrappy first round
Neither man really threw anything of note in that first round. In fact, most of the fight was contested in the clinch against the cage. Till did have success with leg kicks and managed to keep Gastelum at bay when they were out of the clinch.
This one seems to be warming up nicely.
Masvidal vs Lewis Live: Darren Till goes i for the kill
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 03:41 – Its Gorilla time
The co-main event will soon be upon us. Liverpool’s Darren Till will look to bounce back from consecutive losses in his middleweight debut against Kelvin Gastelum.
This is gonna be absolute chaos, folks.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 03:32 – A masterclass from Wonderboy
After taking control in the second, Thompson continued where he left off in the third – peppering Luque with punches as he closed the distance and flooring him twice with a side teep.
It was clear for all to see Thompson won the last two rounds. The judges agreed, awarding him a unanimous decision victory via a 30-26, 30-26, 29-27 scorecard.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Darren Till gets his hands wrapped before his clash with Kelvin Gastelum
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 03:25 Round two to Thompson
Thompson really stamped his authority in the second round, landing several kicks – including a beautiful side teep that floored Luque.
Soon after, the karate specialist started to showcase his full array of kicks and mixing it up with crisp punches as he closed the distance.
Luque will have to do something markedly different in the third otherwise he’s going to end up losing this one.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 03:20 – Leg Kick City
Vicente Luque chipped away at Thompson’s lead legs throughout the round, strikes that’ll likely pay dividends later in the fight.
He soon changed his focus of attack and began testing the chin of Thompson, which failed him in his loss to Anthony Pettis earlier this year.
Thompson did, however, have some success with his hands. Let’s see if he can start utilising his trademark kicks in the second.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Stephen Thompson lands a big right hand on Vicente Luque
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 03:10 – It’s about time to hear some Tenacious D
Stephen Thompson and Vicente Luque are about to take to the cage for their welterweight showdown.
And as UFC fans across the world, that’ll mean we’ll soon hear ‘Wonderboy’ from Tenacious D as fan-favourite Thompson makes his way to the cage.
Stylistically, this fight is one of the more intriguing bouts on the card due to both men’s respective striking skills. I’m really looking forward to this one.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 03:00 – Lewis gets the nod
The judges award Lewis the victory via split decision, scoring it 30-27, 28-29, 29-28 in the Texan’s favour.
Masvidal vs Lewis Live: Derrick Lewis got the nod against Blagoy Ivanov
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 02:57 – In the words of Joe Rogan, ‘What fight, ladies and gentlemen. What a fight.’
Somehow, that has gone the distance. I for one thought Lewis would get Ivanov out of there. But credit to the Bulgarian and his granite chin. He ate the ‘Black Beast’s’ best shots for breakfast and battled until the end.
However, I don’t think he’s done enough to get the victory.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 02:50 – And breathe, guys.
To say that round was thrilling would be the biggest understatement of the night. Lewis nailed Ivanov with some huge haymakers early on before getting taken down.
Ivanov soon sunk in a kimura and it looked like Lewis would be forced to tap. Lewis battled through and eventually forced a standup, which prompted him to continue raining down hell-fire.
Ivanov, somehow, survived and came close to closing the show with a guillotine before the buzzer marked the end of the round.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Derrick Lewis lands a big body kick on Blagoy Ivanov
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 02:43 – Round one to Lewis
The Texan dictated the pace from the outset, even though he was tentative early doors. When he did throw shots, they landed with authority and forced Ivanov to hold on for dear life with his back up against the cage.
It only seems a matter of time before Lewis lands the home-run shot.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 02:37 – The Black Beast is here
Fan favourite Derrick Lewis is about to take on Blagoy Ivanov in an eagerly-anticipated heavyweight showdown.
This will be Lewis’ first fight since losing to Daniel Cormier in this same venue 12 months ago.
The Texan will be hoping for a better result against Bulgaria’s Ivanov.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Kevin Lee lands a picture-perfect head kick on Gregor Gillespie
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 02:24 – Kevin Lee is back, folks
‘The Motown’ Phenom is back, folks, He’s just starched the undefeated Gregor Gillespie with a beautiful straight-right-left-head-kick combination.
A truly beautiful combo and a stunning way for Lee to silence his critics. Watch this space, guys. Lee is back in the title hunt.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 02:10 – Lee vs Gillespie are about to throw down
This fight, folks, has the potential to win the FOTN award.
Lee is looking to bounce back from defeat to Rafael dos Anjos, while Gillespie is looking to maintain his perfect record.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Corey Anderson hurt Johnny Walker with a huge right hand
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 01:56 – The president is in the house
Donald Trump has just arrived in the arena, prompting a massive chorus of boos from the crowd. There were, however, plenty of people clapping for the POTUS.
The culmination of Anderson vs Walker has brought about the end of the prelims. The main card – which starts with a lightweight clash between Kevin Lee and Gregor Gillespie – is now about to get underway.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 01:41 – It’s over, it’s over!
Corey Anderson has just made a statement to the rest of the light-heavyweight division, stopping the highly-touted Johnny Walker inside the first round.
A huge win for the Mark Henry student, who should be next for Jon Jones after that victory.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 01:33 – We now move to the light-heavyweight division
Johnny Walker and Corey Anderson are about to throw down. Walker has been on a tear since joining the UFC, laying to waste every one the promotion has put in front of him.
In Anderson, however, the Brazilian will face the toughest test of his mixed martial arts career.
If he can pick up a win against ‘Overtime’, expect a match-up against one of the higher-ranked light-heavyweights to follow.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Corey Anderson celebrates silencing the doubters and beating Johnny Walker
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 01:22 – Hurricane Shane comes alive late to claim victory
Burgos comes back into the fight early in the round with a flurry of punches that drop and hurt Amirkhani.
The SBG Ireland featherweight was on ice skates from the moment he was floored but somehow managed to survive the ensuing onslaught from Burgos.
However, with less 30 than left of the round, his body gave out and referee Keith Peterson mercifully called a halt to proceedings.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 01:13 – Another thrilling round in the books
Amirkhani started the second well but visibly faded as the stanza wore on, which allowed Burgos back into the contest.
Round three promises to be an interesting one.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Shane Burgos celebrates his comeback victory over Makwan Amirkhani
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 01:07 – As advertised, this is a stormer
Both Burgos and Amirkhani brought it in the first stanza, with the latter taking the fight to the ground and controlling the New Yorker. Mr. Finland came close to sinking in a guillotine but was unable to get his arm properly on Burgos’ neck.
This next round should be another stormer.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 00:58 – Fight of the Night contender alert
Shane Burgos and Makwan Amirkhani are about to throw down. This battle of featherweight has been touted by many as a contender for the Fight of the Night award.
Both men are game as hell and bring it each and every time the set foot inside the cage.
This promises to be fun.
Edmen Shahbazyan scored arguably the KO of the night with a stunning left high kick
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 00:45 – The Gorilla is in the building
Darren Till has just arrived at Madison Square Garden and the arena has gone bananas. It’s safe to say the Scouser is a favourite amongst the fans here.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 00:35 – Another first-round KO!
Edmen Shahbazyan has just starched Brad Tavares. I repeat, Edmen Shahbazyan has just starched Brad Tavares.
Tavares was supposed to be the biggest test of Shahbazyan’s burgeoning MMA career. And boy did the Armenian-American pass it with flying colours, closing the shock with a nasty left head kick at the 2:30 mark.
We have a new contender in the middleweight division, folks.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 00:26 – Middleweights are on deck
Entering the cage now are middleweight contenders Brad Tavares and the highly-touted Edmen Shahbazyan.
Shahbazyan, of course, is trained by Edmen Tarverdyan, the former head coach of UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey.
Shahbazyan is held in high regard by many in the MMA community. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do against the durable and skilled Tavares.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 00:10 – It’s over!
Jairzinho Rozenstruick has just made a statement ladies and gentlemen. I
In under a minute, the heavyweight on the scene just destroyed the division’s former ruler Andrei Arlovski, finishing the Belarussian with a perfectly-timed counter left hook after hurting him earlier in the stanza.
What a performance.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Jairzinho Rozenstruick lands a huge right hand on Andrei Ar
Masvidal vs Diaz Live – 00:09 – We move to the heavyweight division
Former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is about to take to the cage, where he’ll take on rising prospect Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
Like every fight UFC veteran Arlovski takes part in, this one should be a thriller.
Masvidal vs Diaz live – 00:00 – Chookagian gets the better of Maia
A dominant performance from the Pennslyvania’s Chookagian, who frustrated Maia with her slick footwork and counterstriking.
That impressive victory win over the highly-touted Maia should earn her a title shot against reigning 125lb queen Valentina Shevchenko.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Katlyn Chookagian lands a stiff jab on Jennifer Maia
Masvidal vs Diaz live – 11:50 – This is proving to be a barnburner
Jennifer Maia and Katlyn Chookagian are throwing heat in this women’s flyweight showdown.
Lots of feints, lots of slips and lots of expertly-timed counterstriking. It’s a pretty close one to call so far, but I currently have Maia winning it.
Masvidal vs Diaz live – 11:40 – Two fights deep and this card is already corker
The third preliminary fight of the night is about to get underway, with Jennifer Maia taking on Katlyn Chookagian
In the fights before this one, Hakeem Dawodu edged Julio Arce via split decision and Lyman Good TKO’d a durable Chance Rencountre in the third round of their thrilling welterweight bout.
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Lyman good drops Chance Rencountre with a big right hand
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Hakeem Dawodu celebrates his win over Julio Arce
UFC 244 fight card
Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz – welterweight bout
Kelvin Gastelum vs Darren Till – middleweight bout
Stephen Thompson vs Vicente Luque – welterweight bout
Kevin Lee vs Gregor Gillespie – lightweight bout
Derrick Lewis vs Blagoy Ivanov – heavyweight bout
Masvidal vs Diaz Live: Darren Till (R) takes on Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event of the evening
Andrei Arlovski vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik – heavyweight bout
Corey Anderson vs Johnny Walker- light-heavyweight bout
Shane Burgos vs Makwan Amirkhani – men’s featherweight bout
Brad Tavares vs Edmen Shahbazyan – middleweight bout
Julio Arce vs Hakeem Dawodu – men’s featherweight bout
Jennifer Maia vs Katlyn Chookagian – women’s flyweight bout
Lyman Good vs Chance Rencountre – welterweight bout