UFC 244 results – Express Sport brings you all the results and reaction from UFC 244: Masvidal vs Diaz.
UFC 244 results
UFC 244 fight card
The UFC’s biggest card of the year took place at Madison Square Garden in New York in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Topping the bill at MSG was the eagerly-anticipated welterweight bout between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, which saw the winner handed the ‘The Baddest Motherf**ker in the Game’ belt from none other than The Rock.
In the co-main event of the evening, Liverpool’s own Darren Till made his middleweight debut against the hard-hitting Kelvin Gastelum. Also on the card was a tasty welterweight affair between Stephen Thompson and Vincente Luque, as well as a lightweight barnburner between Kevin Lee and Gregor Gillespie.
Express Sport was cage-side for the blockbuster event, which you can recap below.
UFC 244 results
Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz –
Nasty cuts above and below Diaz’s right eye cause the doctor to call a halt to the BMF title fight, much to the frustration of the entire MSG crowd. Both men have called for a rematch, which fans across the globe will no doubt want to see.
Kelvin Gastelum vs Darren Till –
Till gets back in the win column with a stellar performance against the recent interim middleweight title challenger. The Scouser stayed long and elusive and picked apart Gastelum with well-placed leg kicks and crisp punches when closing the distance.
Stephen Thompson vs Vicente Luque Thompson def. Luque via unanimous decicsion – 30-26, 30-26, 29-27
Kevin Lee vs Gregor Gillespie
Kevin Lee silenced his critics with a stunning head0kick KO victory over the previously undefeated Gregor Gillespie. A stunning victory for the ‘Motown Phenom’, who is now well and truly back in the hunt for the lightweight title.
Derrick Lewis vs Blagoy Ivanov –
‘The Black Beast’ edges a three-round war against a dogged Ivanov to erase the memory of his defeat he suffered to Daniel Cormier here last year. Ivanov showed immense heart in the bout, eating every single one of Lewis’ haymakers and threating with multiple submission attempts.
Andrei Arlovski vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik –
Rozenstruick makes light work of the former UFC heavyweight champion with a vicious KO courtesy of a counter left hand.
‘Big Boy’ is certainly one to watch in the 265lb division.
Corey Anderson vs Johnny Walker –
Corey Anderson has just made a huge statement, knocking off rising prospect Johnny Walker in emphatic fashion.
After stopping hurting the Brazilian with a big right hand, Anderson swarmed the fan favourite and threw caution to the wind. Shot after shot landed flush, prompting the referee to stop the bout.
Shane Burgos vs Makwan Amirkhani
‘Hurricane’ Shane weathers an early storm to record one of the biggest victories of his career. After arguably losing the first two rounds, Burgos turned up the heat in the third, hurting Amirkhani several times before the referee mercifully called a halt to the contest.
Brad Tavares vs Edmen Shahbazyan –
Shahbazyan dominated TUF alumni Tavares from the outset, landing a series of heavy strikes that rocked the Hawaiian.
And a second before the midway point of the first stanza, the undefeated prospect closed the show with a nasty left high kick. This kid is the real deal.
Julio Arce vs Hakeem Dawodu –
Canada’s Dawodu edges a game Arce in what was a thrilling contest to kick off the penultimate fight card of the year. He was, however, not happy with his performance and made it known by dubbing it ‘s****y’.
Jennifer Maia vs Katlyn Chookagian –
A dominant performance from the Pennslyvania native who utilised her footwork and counterstriking from the outset to frustrate a dogged Maia.
That win over the highly-touted Maia should’ve bagged her a title shot against reigning 125lb queen Valentina Shevchenko.
Lyman Good vs Chance Rencountre –
An absolutely stellar performance from the New York native, who was dominant from the outset. The Tiger Schulman product land heavy, heavy shots on multiple occasions before Rencountre’s chin finally gave way in the third.
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
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