Fasten your seatbelts. It’s gangsta-time in midtown Manhattan.
The UFC is headed toward the world’s most famous arena—Madison Square Garden—to put on a pay-per-view show with perhaps its two most corrosive combatants, Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, atop the card.
The microphone-seeking welterweight missiles won’t have a formal title on the line when they meet at UFC 244 on Nov. 2, but that hasn’t stopped octagonal czar Dana White from dropping a reported $50K on a special “BMF” (yes… that’s exactly what it stands for) that’ll be presented to the winner by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
From there, perhaps the victor gets a shot at 170-pound champ Kamaru Usman, or maybe makes a challenge for intergalactic bad-boy supremacy against Conor McGregor—whom Diaz has fought twice and Masvidal had verbally jabbed at over the summer before landing the date with Diaz.
But wait… there’s more.
Middleweights Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till, ranked fourth and ninth, respectively, share the bill in the co-main event, and the PPV card is rounded out by light heavies Corey Anderson and Johnny Walker, welterweights Stephen Thompson and Vicente Luque and heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Blagoy Ivanov.
Let’s face it, though. This one is all about the main event.
It’s loud. It’s in your face. It’s probably going to get violent.
In other words, ladies and gentlemen… welcome to New York.
UFC 244 Live Streaming Main Card (PPV)
Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Darren Till
Corey Anderson vs. Johnny Walker
Stephen Thompson vs. Vicente Luque
Derrick Lewis vs. Blagoy Ivanov
UFC 244 Live Streaming Preliminary Card (ESPN2)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie
Shane Burgos vs. Makwan Amirkhani
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jennifer Maia
Lyman Good vs. Chance Rencountre
Julio Arce vs. Hakeem Dawodu