Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (34-13-0) and Nate Diaz (20-11-0) clash in a Welterweight fight at UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night. There is also a symbolic special “BMF” (“Baddest Mother F**ker”) title on the line in this bout.
This is an eagerly anticipated bout between two hugely popular veterans of the Octagon, both of whom are former lightweight fighters.
The fight was in serious doubt just a few days ago, when after Diaz tested positive for elevated levels of SARMS (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators), which have similar properties to anabolic agents. However, he has now been cleared by Usada and the fight goes ahead as planned.
Masvidal comes into this fight on the back of a sensational five-second knockout of Ben Askren in his last fight in July, having ran at Askren at the opening bell and connected with his opponent’s chin with a flying knee. The 34 year-old Florida fighter will have great self-belief on that back of that stunning win.
Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz Betting Lines & Prediction
After three years without a fight, 34 year-old Nate Diaz returned to action in August when he beat Anthony Pettis on a Unanimous Decision in Anaheim, California.
Although Diaz returned with a win after a lengthy hiatus and is renowned for his stamina and grappling game, Masvidal is the bigger hitter, probably the stronger and has shown great intelligence and versatility in winning his fights down the years. That makes Masvidal the tip when it comes to UFC betting predictions for this fight.
UFC 244 Prediction: Fight Result – Jorge Masvidal to Win @ -170 (1.58) with bet365