UFC 244 results: Jorge Masvidal wins BMF title via anticlimactic doctor's stoppage caused by cut to Nate Diaz

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It wasn't the way Jorge Masvidal wanted to be crowned the "Baddest Motherf—r" in MMA, but he'll take it.

Masvidal took home the $50,000 BMF title by third-round TKO (doctor's stoppage) early Sunday in the main event of UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York after a cut over Nate Diaz's right eye ended the action before the start of the fourth round.

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Despite having Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson wrap the BMF title around his waist, Masvidal sported a disappointed face after the fight was called.



"I'm not the f—g doctor here, so don't be booing me," Masvidal said during his post-fight interview in the octagon, with boxing legend Roberto Duran by his side. "I come in here to fight and it's not my fault the doctor stopped it. All I could do is run it back, though."



Diaz looked surprised that the bout ended by doctor's stoppage and sounded 100 percent game to run it back himself ... once his cuts heal.

"I'm coming back for your ass, motherf—r," Diaz said in postfight comments directed toward Masvidal.



Despite the anticlimactic ending, Masvidal delivered a dominant performance. He landed the more powerful, damaging blows over the 15 minutes of action MMA fans did get.

Masvidal opened up the nasty gash over Diaz's right eye by raking an elbow across his face and adding a kick to put the "West Coast Gangster" down in the first round. Masvidal kept the punishment coming in the following rounds, blasting Diaz in the body and sitting on wild left and right hooks that the Stockton, Calif., native somehow managed to survive.

Although Masvidal was clearly getting the better of his opponent, Diaz showed grit by refusing to back down and landing stinging shots of his own, making the doctor's stoppage all the more difficult to stomach for the fighters and MMA fans alike.

Here's how UFC 244 went.

(All times Eastern.)

UFC 244 live updates, highlights, results by round

Main event: Jorge Masvidal becomes BMF champion after doctor's stoppage following the third round due to cut over Nate Diaz's right eye

12:50 a.m.: A physician checks on Diaz's cut and Diaz shakes off the blood from his face, looking ready to begin the fourth round, but the physician calls off the fight, ruling that the cut is worse than Diaz is letting on. That's it. This fight is over. A brilliant performance from Masvidal, but surely not the way he or Diaz wanted this to end.

Round 3: Masvidal has landed the more powerful shots and has done more damage, but Diaz continues to be there. Diaz with a flurry, but Masvidal laughs it off as he creates distance. Masvidal sits on a big right hand that checks Diaz's chin, but Diaz comes back with a stinging combination that Masvidal eats. Masvidal sprints toward Diaz and presses him up against the cage, before they work their way into the middle of the Octagon. Diaz caught Masvidal with a right hand and another. Masvidal digs into the body and follows with a right upstairs. Another body shot from Masvidal. The body shots seem to be getting to Diaz regardless of how well his poker face shows otherwise. Diaz goes for a trip, but Masvidal finds himself on top, trying to free up his hands and let loose. But Diaz striking from the bottom, throwing in "The Stockton Slap" for good measure. Diaz definitely delivered his strongest round, but Masvidal still landed the more powerful shots. (10-9 Masvidal, 30-27 Masvidal)

Round 2: Nasty gash opened up on Diaz's right eyebrow during that first round. Diaz just keeps moving forward — something Masvidal definitely knew and expected. He stings Masvidal with a couple of punches, but Masvidal back with punches of his own and a huge right follows moments later. Diaz forced to hit the deck for self-preservation, with Masvidal allowing him to get back to his feet. Masvidal absolutely sits on a wild left hook like he did with Darren Till earlier in the year, but Diaz eats the punishment and remains on his feet. Masvidal blasts Diaz in the body and Nate briefly bends at the waist, looking to be in pain. Moments later, Masvidal plants a knee into Diaz's stomach. Masvidal takes Diaz's back and slams him onto his face, adding ground strikes. Diaz rolls Masvidal, but "Gamebred" leverages and gets back on top of Diaz. (10-9 Masvidal, 20-18 Masvidal)

Round 1: Masvidal opens the fight with his hands behind his back like he did before obliterating Ben Askren in five seconds. Within seconds, Masvidal has Diaz up against the Octagon. Masvidal comes across Diaz's face with a slicing elbow and adds a kick to the face to put the "West Coast Gangster" down. Diaz is in trouble.

Masvidal is raining down punches and Diaz's face is splattered in blood. Masvidal keeping Diaz on his back and pounding him with punches. Diaz is back to his feet, with Masvidal bouncing a kick off his midsection. Masvidal has Diaz up against the cage again. But Diaz fires back with a big left-right combination that drives Masvidal back. A big left hook pushes Masvidal back against the Octagon, but "Gamebred" smiles and asks for more. If this round didn't excite you, then check your pulse. (10-9 Masvidal)

12:30 a.m.: Both fighters have been introduced and we're about to find out who the "Baddest Motherf—r" in the MMA fight game is.

12:24 a.m.: And here comes Masvidal, with Masvidal's idol, boxing legend Roberto Duran, by his side.

12:20 a.m.: Here comes Nate Diaz, his brother Nick to his left.

12:16 a.m.: The Rock is in the house with the BMF title belt draped over his shoulder.

Co-main event: Darren Till edges Kelvin Gastelum by split decision with measured performance; middleweights

12:11 a.m.: The judges have it 30-27 in favor of Gastelum, and 29-28 and 30-27 toward Till. Smart fight. It was a difficult bout to score, but Till did enough to win in Sporting News' eyes.

Round 3: Till catches Gastelum's kick, walks him across the Octagon and fires off a left hook that lands. Moments later, Till lands another big left hand. Gastelum seems to be having trouble with his right leg as a result of those low leg kicks. A well-timed spinning elbow lands for Till. The British fighter catches one of Gastelum's kicks again and walks him across the Octagon until Gastelum hits the deck, but Till can't capitalize. Both fighters are back on their feet and briefly trying to fight fire with fire. Both fighters holding up their hands, believing they did enough to win. Till fought the smarter fight and looked well equipped at middleweight. Let's see if his performance was good enough to take the victory. (10-9 Till, 29-28 Till)

Midnight: This third round should be special.

Round 2: Gastelum opens the round with a strong leg kick and a knee to the gut moments later. Till returns fire with a leg kick of his own, coming down with a left hook that clips Gastelum. But Kelvin lands a nice elbow off the break moments later. Ref briefly stops the action after Gastelum inadvertently pokes Till in the eye. Till takes a quick moment and says let's fight. Got to love that. Till's leg kicks seem to be hurting Gastelum. How much? We'll see. The bigger, taller man, Till is showing better footwork than Gastelum through two rounds, especially with his feints. Till is measured in his striking and his output is enough to snag this round. (10-9 Till, 19-19)

Round 1: Gastelum instantly applying pressure to welcome Till to the middleweight division, leaning on the bigger fighter up against the Octagon. Around the 1:45 mark, Gastelum buries a knee into Till's midsection as he tries to close the gap between the fighters. Both fighters are definitely respecting each other's power early on, cautiously looking to pick their spots. (10-9 Gastelum)

11:40 p.m.: The co-main event between Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till is next. Till, who's coming off back-to-back stoppage losses, is making his middleweight debut. A win over Gastelum would definitely reinvigorate the British fighter.

'Wonderboy' Thompson uses pinpoint striking to cruise to unanimous decision over Vicente Luque

11:35 p.m.: There it is, Thompson with the unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27). Solid bounce-back win for the veteran.

11:32 p.m.: Thompson headhunting with head kicks and straight rights and lefts to the face during the waning moments. A very impressive performance from "Wonderboy" coming off a KO loss.

11:30 p.m.: Thompson has dropped Luque twice in this third round already and is currently switching guard and striking the Brazilian at will.

If Luque doesn't do something drastic at this point, then "Wonderboy" will cruise on points.

11:26 p.m.: What a second round. Thompson really let his hands fly, connecting with precise, stinging punches, of which Luque managed to eat a bulk. It all came after "Wonderboy" unleashed a side kick that dropped Luque with a thud. A right hook while moving back was magic there for Thompson. He just has to be careful about staying in the pocket with Luque in the third round, as the Brazilian looks willing to eat shots to land heavier ones of his own.

11:20 p.m.: Luque seemed to have hurt Thompson with a left hook in that first round, although the latter played it off the best he could. Something to pay attention to in the second round.

11:07 p.m.: Up next is Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson against Vicente Luque. Thompson was getting the best of Anthony Pettis back in March, before Pettis bounced off the Octagon and knocked "Wonderboy" out with a Superman punch right before the end of the second round. Let's see if the veteran bounces back tonight.

Derrick Lewis pulls out split decision win over Blagoy Ivanov, then has choice words for President Trump

11 p.m.: Both fighters were beginning to get gassed in that third and final round, but Lewis takes the victory by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). After having his hand raised, Lewis set his attention toward President Donald Trump, who was in attendance at MSG. "I know that everything ain't going good in the White House, but s—, you gotta turn that s— around in 2020." Only Lewis could say that and then add seconds later that he was trying to hit Ivanov in the "booty hole."

10:50 p.m.: Lewis just landed a knee flush straight up through Ivanov's face, snapping his head back. How the hell did Ivanov eat that without tasting the canvas? This has all the makings of a nightmarish ending.

10:48 p.m.: Lewis and Ivanov going for broke, fighting fire with fire for a moment in this second round.

10:30 p.m.: With MSG still reeling from Lee's scintillating KO, this PPV will continue with Derrick Lewis taking on Blagoy Ivanov next.

Kevin Lee crushes Gregor Gillespie with picture perfect KO of the Year candidate

10:23 p.m.: Now, that's how you kick off a pay-per-view — emphasis on kick. Lee just rocked Gillespie with a right hook across the chin followed by a left head kick that connected flush to knock him out on his feet against the Octagon. Lee added a hammerfist for good measure but didn't need the extra shot. It was over once that head kick followed the right hook. Damn, was that nasty. That left head kick was perfect.

10:20 p.m.: Lee and Gillespie letting loose and swinging freely early on.

10:14 p.m.: Kevin Lee and Gregor Gillespie will kick off this pay-per-view with a lightweight bout. Should be a good one.

10:08 p.m.: President Trump found the time to attend UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. He received a mixed greeting.

10 p.m.: On that note, the prelims are a wrap and this UFC 244 pay-per-view is about to start.

9:48 p.m.: Let this co-sign of Anderson from Daniel Cormier register now.

9:40 p.m.: Oh, my goodness! Corey Anderson silences Walker and derails the Brazilian's hype train with blunt force trauma! A right hook cracked Walker across the jaw, wobbling him, and he kept the barrage going. A straight right bent Walker at the knees moments later and the ref waved off the fight at 2:07 into the first round. A very impressive victory for Anderson, who gave Walker a mouthful following the definitive win. The two did embrace each other afterward, though. Anderson imposed his will on Walker, especially with that right hand. Whew!

9:30 p.m.: What will Walker do tonight is the question. He's coming off three otherworldly first-round finishes, with his fun train momentarily halting after his worm celebration in March caused a dislocated shoulder and subsequent surgery.

9:25 p.m.: Johnny Walker up next against Corey Anderson to end the prelims.

9:20 p.m.: After punishing Amirkhani for most of the fight and tenderizing him with pummeling body shots, Burgos gets the third-round TKO due to the ref stopping the action — rightfully so. A straight right hand to the face followed by a right hook crumpled Amirkhani at the end.

9 p.m.: Since suffering his first and only defeat last year, Burgos has delivered back-to-back wins, including a split decision victory over Cub Swanson this past May.

8:36 p.m.: Up next: Shane Burgos vs. Makwan Amirkhani in featherweight action.

8:32 p.m.: Another first-round ending in devastating fashion. Shahbazyan dropped Tavares with a right hook and finished him with a head kick that had the ref diving in to stop the bout and keep Tavares from enduring more punishment. Brutal!

8:30 p.m.: Edmen Shahbazyan and Brad Tavares are in the octagon, as the prelims continue.

8:14 p.m.: Well, that was fast. Rozenstruik crushes Arlovski with a left hook and the ref saw enough to end it right then and there.

8 p.m.: The prelims of UFC 244 are live. We begin with Andrei Arlovski vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Get comfortable and stay locked in here with Sporting News' live blog for all the action that UFC 244 delivers.

What time does the Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal fight start?

UFC 244 takes place Saturday, Nov. 2, with pay-per-view coverage beginning at 10 p.m. ET. Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal should enter the Octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET.

UFC 244 fight card

Main card

  • Jorge Masvidal def. Nate Diaz by third-round TKO (doctor's stoppage due to Diaz's cut above the right eye) to win the BMF title; welterweights.

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

  • Stephen Thompson def. Vicente Luque by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27); welterweights.

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

  • Kevin Lee def. Gregor Gillespie by first-round KO (head kick); lightweights.

Preliminary card results

  • Corey Anderson def. Johnny Walker by first-round TKO (punches); light heavyweights.

  • Shane Burgos def. Makwan Amirkhani via third-round TKO (punches); featherweights.

  • Edmen Shahbazyan def. Brad Tavares by first-round TKO (head kick); middleweights.

  • Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Andrei Arlovski via first-round KO (punches); heavyweights.

  • Katlyn Chookagian def. Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); women's flyweights.

  • Lyman Good def. Chance Rencountre via third-round TKO (punches); welterweights.

  • Hakeem Dawodu def. Julio Arce by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); featherweights.

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