The biggest UFC pay-per-view remaining in 2019 takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2, as UFC 244 takes place from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The main event features Nate Diaz fighting Jorge Masvidal to crown the BMF (Baddest Motherf—) champion.
The bout almost didn't make it to the finish line when last Thursday afternoon Diaz took to Twitter and said he wouldn't be taking on Masvidal because USADA, the UFC's anti-doping partner, informed him that he had an adverse drug test finding, testing positive for a prohibited selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM).
Diaz denied wrongdoing said, and if USADA and the UFC didn't get the situation resolved, then he wouldn't be getting on a plane for the event. A little more than 24 hours later, Diaz was cleared for UFC 244, and the test result was due to a contaminated organic, vegan and plant-based multivitamin.
In August, Diaz (20-11) returned from nearly a three-year layoff after splitting two fights with Conor McGregor in 2016 and defeated Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision at UFC 241. During his post-fight interview, Diaz challenged Masvidal, who was sitting cageside at the event, to a loud ovation because he felt they were only the two legitimate fighters.
"The reason I was off was because everyone sucks," Diaz said. "There was no one to fight. Jorge Masvidal had a good last fight. Good last fight... There ain't no gangsters in this game anymore. Nobody does it but me and him."
At first, it appeared the UFC wouldn't listen to what the fans wanted. Eventually, the company came around and booked the highly-anticipated clash at the "World's Most Famous Arena".
While Masvidal (34-13) was well-known, he hadn't been able to crack into the next tier of the sport. But that started to change slightly after venturing over to England and scored a vicious second-round knockout over countryman Darren Till. But it was what happened after the KO that made people take notice when he got into backstage incident with fellow welterweight Leon Edwards, who talked trash to Masvidal during an interview. Masvidal went on to throw numerous punches that connected to Edwards, which "Gamebred" termed it the "three-piece with the soda". The saying caught the world's attention.
If the world didn't know who Masvidal was, they knew him after UFC 239 when he notched the most brutal knockout of not only 2019 but in quite some time, throwing a flying knee to begin to the head of Ben Askren, and a couple added punches for good measure to win in just five seconds.
— Haider Yutim (@hyder_yutim) July 7, 2019
With one fight, Masvidal became an instant mega-star, and here we are.
Diaz vs. Masvidal is expected to be one of the most exciting contests of 2019 and of recent memory. You have two guys fans are solidly behind so much that the UFC created a gimmick belt which they never do with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson putting the belt around the waist of the winner.
While the main event has captured the attention of the sport's world, the undercard is quite exciting as well.
Here is everything you need to know about UFC 244.
What time is the Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal fight?
UFC 244 will take place Saturday, Nov. 2. Pay-per-view coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET. Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal should enter the Octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET.
For fans also interested in the Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight title fight, that bout will not start until after Masvidal-Diaz has ended. The Canelo-Kovalev fight will be shown on DAZN.
How to watch, live stream UFC 244
The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $59.99. Every PPV can be seen exclusively through the end of 2025 on ESPN+.
Where is the UFC 244 taking place?
UFC 244 will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal betting odds
According to Sportsbook Review, Masvidal is a slight favorite. Jorge Masivdal is a -165 favorite, which means you'd need to bet $165 to win $100. Nate Diaz is a +139 underdog, meaning if you were to bet $100, you would net $139.
Nate Diaz career record, bio
Name: Nate Diaz
Born: April 16, 1985
Reach: 76 inches
Total fights: 31
Jorge Masvidal career record, bio
Name: Jorge Masvidal
Born: Nov. 12, 1984
Reach: 74 inches
Total fights: 47
UFC 244 fight card
Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz; Welterweight
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Darren Till; Middleweight
Stephen Thompson vs. Vicente Luque; Welterweight
Derrick Lewis vs. Blagoy Ivanov; Heavyweight
Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie; Lightweight
Corey Anderson vs. Johnny Walker; Light Heavyweight
Shane Burgos vs. Makwan Amirkhani; Featherweight
Brad Tavares vs. Edmen Shahbazyan; Middleweight
Andrei Arlovski vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik; Heavyweight
Jennifer Maia vs. Katlyn Chookagian; Women's Flyweight
Lyman Good vs. Chance Rencountre; Welterweight
Julio Arce vs. Hakeem Dawodu; Featherweight