Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz result: 'Gamebred' triumphs as UFC 244 main event ends with controversial doctor stoppage

Alex Pattle
The Independent

Jorge Masvidal defeated Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 244 on Saturday as the ‘BMF’ title fight ended with a controversial doctor stoppage.

The win was Masvidal’s third of the year after his record setting five-second knockout of Ben Askren this summer and stoppage victory over Darren Till in London.

Liverpool’s Till triumphed in the co-main event as he earned a split decision win against Kelvin Gastelum in his middleweight debut.

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Re-live all the action from Madison Square Garden, New York and one of the most anticipated fights of the year.

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UFC 244: Masvidal v Diaz – Main card

Jorge Masvidal def. Nate Diaz via fourth-round doctor stoppage (0:00)

Darren Till def. Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 30-27)

Stephen Thompson def. Vincente Luque via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)​

Derrick Lewis def. Blagoy Ivanov via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)​

Kevin Lee def. Gregor Gillespie via first-round KO (head kick, 2:47)

UFC 244: Masvidal v Diaz – Preliminary card

Corey Anderson def. Johnny Walker via first-round TKO (2:07)

Shane Burgos def. Makwan Amirkhani via third-round TKO (4:32)

Edmen Shahbazyan def. Brad Tavares via first-round KO (2:27)

Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Andrei Arlovski via first-round TKO (0:29)

Katlyn Chookagian def. Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Lyman Good def. Chance Rencountre via third-round TKO (2:03)

Hakeem Dawodu def. Julio Arce via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)

The talk

Dan White, UFC president: “This fight is a big deal for the division, for who’s next in the title picture and obviously it’s a huge fan favourite fight .

“This thing took on a life of its own, it’s a big fight and it’s not only a fight that people want to see, it’s an important fight in the division, in the title picture.”

Conor McGregor: “I think Diaz beats him. He’s got crisper boxing, way more experience. I think Masvidal’s had a good run, he’s had a two fight win streak.

“The game is very forgetful I believe, our sport is, I think Diaz has enough in him to do it.

“I think he’s in a better space. You’ve got to factor that in, what kind of space is the fighter in because everyone’s the best on their day. I think Diaz beats him.”

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