Madison Square Garden, regarded by many as the best fighting arena in the world, is the venue for the must-see UFC 244 pay per view this Sunday. As 2019 nears to a close, the quality of the fight cards are only getting better as the UFC 244 main card is stacked with fights that would all headline a fight night. Make sure you set aside some time to watch this event fight fans as it isn’t one you want to miss!
What an incredible main event this is, with two tough fighters that throw with everything they have. Masvidal will likely play a kick heavy game as Diaz is very front leg heavy. This is likely to affect his movement if the fight goes into later rounds. Picking this fight isn’t easy. Masvidal is inventive with his striking and possesses the ability to hurt you out of nowhere. In saying that, Diaz really impressed me with his victory over Anthony Pettis yet I have to note Pettis at one stage was mightily close to stopping him. Diaz also has an X factor and that is his extremely underrated ground game. Although submitting McGregor is no tough feat, Diaz is dangerous on the ground to the stage I think he could make it a hard night for wrestle happy Usman and Covington. He also has a fantastic output and knows how to turn it on as his opponent slows. I am leaning to Diaz largely due to the value on offer, but my gut tells me that this fight will be finished, and it really is a coin flip fight. I am going out on a limb in a sense with this not going the distance since Masvidal has never been finished since his MMA debut in 2007. If that isn’t a crazy statistic, I don’t know what is. Diaz comparatively has only been finished once in his UFC career, getting knocked out by Josh Thompson in 2013. I’m going to trust my gut on this one and sit back and enjoy what should be a great fight.
Coming off a loss to Masvidal, Till comes into this fight against a legitimate knock out artist in Gastelum. Till finally moves up to Middleweight and I honestly have no idea how he ever cut so much weight to make Welterweight. In the vision I have seen of him preparing for this fight he looks almost too big for Middleweight! I’m also going to say this won’t go the distance as Till is going up to a weight where both his and his opponent’s punches will be carrying more power. Both men are clinical strikers and one of them inevitably wobbles their opponent before ultimately putting them away.
Stephen Thompson vs. Vincente Luque
Put simply I think Luque must pressure Thompson here and that plays perfectly into the counter striking game of Thompson. Thompson has lost his last three which is why there isn’t much of a market disparity. Thompson is the better striker and I see him picking apart Luque from range much like he did in his last victory against none other than the UFC 244’s main event fighter Jorge Masvidal. If you didn’t see that striking display, I highly recommend you watch it and then get on Wonderboy for the win here.
Chance Rencountre has a two-inch height and one-inch reach advantage in this matchup with Lyman Good but I don’t think he will be using that advantage. He has a chin that has been tested and held up well which bodes well against Good who will be counting on that knock out. Rencountre closes the distance and outworks Good largely against the cage on route to a decision victory. As long as he can stay at distance when on the feet and successfully close in to impose his wrestling style without being clipped, he wins this bout at underdog odds.
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