By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Jorge Masvidal’s rise continues. He defeated Nate Diaz in the main event of the UFC 244 card at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.
The fight ended in controversial fashion. The fight was stopped due to a TKO (doctor’s stoppage) after Diaz had two cuts on his face — one below his eye and a more severe gash near his eyebrow.
The doctor ruled that Diaz could not continue with the damage to his face. The Stockton, California native likely needed stitches to cover the wound to his face.
With the win, Masvidal won the BMF belt. The belt is named in honor of the baddest mother***er.
“I told Nate right now, I swear that we’re running it back,” Masvidal shouted after having the BMF belt wrapped around his waist by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “Let’s run it back. I don’t like to leave the ring like this with my opponent conscious. There’s only one way to do it and that’s to baptize them. I didn’t get to baptize Nate.
“We’re going to run it back. Don’t worry, its’s going to happen again.”
This is the first doctors stoppage since UFC 231. Max Holloway defeated Brian Ortega via a TKO (doctors stoppage) in their featherweight bout in December 8, 2018.
The 34-year-old Masvidal has improved to 35-13 in his MMA career. He has won his last three bouts, including wins over Ben Askren and Darren Till.
This was Masvidal’s second fight at Madison Square Garden, as he was on the 2017 fight. He lost via a unanimous decision to Stephen Thompson at UFC 217.
The loss dropped Diaz to 20-12 in his career. However, this is just his second knockout loss. His other knockout loss came via TKO (head kick and punches to Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX in April 2013.
This was Diaz’s first fight in New York. He; however, has fought in the New York area, as he fought in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 5, 2012 when he defeated Jim Miller by submission.