General lack of respect of their opponents is part of the reason why Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz find themselves fighting for the title of The “BMF” belt, translation, “Baddest Moth#[email protected]^&%#$ Belt” in the promotion. Ironically, they have immense respect for each other, but we can expect that respect will be put to the side when they battle for the “BMF” title in the UFC 244 main event on Saturday in MSG.
The 12-bout event from Madison Square Garden in New York City features the main UFC 244 fight card starting at 10 p.m. ET. Diaz and Masvidal both returned this year from extensive time away from the octagon, only to have exciting victories that have soared their popularity to an all-time high. The UFC decided to capitalize on their cult-hero status by pitting them against each other in what is expected to be an action-packed bout of blood, sweat and maybe even tears, behind closed doors.
Masvidal is a -165 favorite (risk $165 to win $100), while Diaz is the underdog at +145 in the latest Masvidal vs. Diaz odds. In the co-main event, Kelvin Gastelum (-210) meets Darren Till (+185) in a light heavyweight bout. Before locking in your UFC 244 picks and predictions, make sure you hear what SportsLine MMA expert Kyle Marley has to say.
Masvidal (34-11) was long considered an exciting and durable fighter, but also something of a journeyman who was on the short end of several close decision losses. He took more than 15 months off before returning in March with a stunning knockout of former title challenger Till.
Masvidal built on that win and saw his newfound fame explode when he knocked out the trash-talking Ben Askren with a flying knee five seconds into their anticipated July bout, making that the quickest knockout in MMA history.
This match has all the elements to produce a straight up war between two tough, brave and dangerous men, as neither one has ever shown fear and both can fight.
The UFC has announced that in addition to many top celebrities in attendance, president Donald Trump has confirmed as well and super star Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson who has agreed to going inside the octagon and place the “bad Mother F**ker” belt on the winners waist.