Masvidal vs Diaz Live UFC 244: Let’s get whimsical. The experience of watching the first UFC exists on a scale that’s somewhere between the knuckle-and-elbow soothers thrown between Rowdy Roddy Piper and Keith David in ‘They Live’, and New York schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor intentionally becoming the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls. The commentary booth that night in Denver, Colorado is literally introduced with a burp while the fights are thoroughly smothered in blood. It’s not quite true daredevilry. But what becomes abundantly clear, while Gerard Gordeau curbstomps Kevin Rosier’s liver, is that everyone involved treated safety like it belonged in the vanguard.
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You don’t know have to know why dojo yokels, sumo wrestlers, and evangelicals used to fight bare knuckle on PPV in the early 90’s. Although you might find some pretty good resources on the matter. But it’s a good starting point as we prepare for Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz.
Why? I’m not sure. If I knew the answer, I wouldn’t be writing this. I would have gone about my usual day, worked my usual nine-to-five, and retreated to my usual fantasies: which, these days, is mostly just a revolving door of science fiction, a few minutes on the treadmill to maintain table top weight, and gluten-free beer. I guess it’s because I see something of a paradox here. MMA was hatched from the HR culture of the 90’s. This “pre-9/11 vacation from history”, as Tom Carson calls it, can’t totally explain why half-naked men were suddenly allowed to protect their nuts from the willful affliction of others with only a speedo. But maybe it explains some of it. In Masvidal vs. Diaz, there’s just something about it. There’s something about this fight’s lineage that feels closer to the early octagon years than whatever has become of its current incarnation.
The UFC takes New York this weekend, with a couple of “bad motherf*ckers” atop the UFC 244 card. Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal throw down in the main event, a dream match-up for fans of unbridled aggression.
The event is official, but the fighters will be on-hand this evening for the ceremonial weigh-in. Watch it go down above, as the UFC 244 Ceremonial Weigh-In Live Stream kicks off at 6PM ET!
UFC 244: Diaz vs. Masvidal Weigh-In Results
Main Card (PPV, 10PM ET)
Welterweight: Jorge Masvidal (169.6 lbs) vs. Nate Diaz (170.4 lbs) – for the BMF belt
Middleweight: Kelvin Gastelum (184.0 lbs) vs. Darren Till (186 lbs)
Welterweight: Stephen Thompson (170.4 lbs) vs. Vicente Luque (170.2 lbs)
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis (265 lbs) vs. Blagoy Ivanov (257.4 lbs)
Lightweight: Kevin Lee (155.6 lbs) vs. Gregor Gillespie (155.4 lbs)
Preliminary card (ESPN2/TSN5 8PM ET)
Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson (204.6 lbs) vs. Johnny Walker (204.8 lbs)
Featherweight: Shane Burgos (145.8 lbs) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (145.4 lbs)
Middleweight: Brad Tavares (184.6 lbs) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (185 lbs)
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski (244 lbs) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (246.2 lbs)
Early Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women’s Flyweight: Jennifer Maia (127.2 lbs)* vs. Katlyn Chookagian (125.4 lbs)
Welterweight: Lyman Good (169.6 lbs) vs. Chance Rencountre (170.8 lbs)
Featherweight: Julio Arce (145.4 lbs) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (145.8 lbs)
*Maia will forfeit 25 percent of her purse to Chookagian due to missed weight, the fight will proceed as scheduled at a catchweight, per UFC.com
**Jared Cannonier weighed-in at 186.8 lbs, 0.8 over the limit. Cannonier was enlisted as a back up for the co-main event due to Darren Till’s travel issues.