Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, 34, of Miami, Florida, United States claimed his 10th victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the main event of “UFC 244.” The Cuban-Peruvian-American mixed martial artist is now riding a three-bout streak.
Featuring 12 MMA bouts, the UFC held “UFC 244” at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on November 2, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Masvidal competed in the welterweight division against Nate Diaz, 34, of Stockton, California, USA.
Dan Miragliotta served as the referee. He put a stop to the contest after three five-minute rounds.
In the end, Miragliotta raised the hand of Masvidal. The Cuban-Peruvian-American MMA fighter was declared the winner via technical knockout due to doctor stoppage.
This marks the fourth time a UFC bout scheduled for five rounds ended at 5:00 of the third round. The first three ones were between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock at “UFC 40: Vendetta” on November 22, 2002, between Randy Couture and Vitor Belfort at “UFC 49: Unfinished Business” on August 21, 2004 and between B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk of “UFC 84: Ill Will” on May 24, 2008.
Aside from the U.S., seven other countries were represented at “UFC 244” namely Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Finland and Suriname. Masvidal and Diaz were among the 15 fighters who represented the U.S.
Winning at “UFC 244” improved the professional MMA record of Masvidal to 35 wins and 13 losses. On the other hand, Diaz now has 20 wins and 12 losses.
Born in Miami on November 12, 1984, Masvidal went to St. Brendan High School in Miami where he competed as a wrestler. He made his professional MMA debut in 2003.
Masvidal competed in Strikeforce from 2007 to 2012. He fought three bouts in Bellator MMA in 2009.
In 2013, Masvidal made his debut in the UFC. The first nine opponents he defeated in the promotion were Tim Means, Michael Chiesa, Pat Healy, Daron Cruickshank, James Krause, Ross Pearson, Donald Cerrone, Darren Till and Ben Askren.
Now, Masvidal is riding a three-bout winning streak. He knocked out Till via punches at “UFC on ESPN+ 5” and Askren via flying knee at “UFC 239.”
By winning at “UFC 244,” Masvidal received the BMF belt, which was presented by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Here is the post-fight interview with Masvidal and Diaz with Jose Rogan in the octagon: