Masvidal vs Diaz:Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) can’t wait to crown the “baddest motherfucker” on its talented mixed martial arts (MMA) roster, inviting top-ranked Welterweight contenders Jorge Masvidal (No. 3) and Nate Diaz (No. 6) to New York City to promote their upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) main event at UFC 244, which takes place inside nearby Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2, 2019.
The live press conference will take place today (Thurs., Sept. 19, 2019) at 7 p.m. ET at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City, which is located at the Seaport District in Lower Manhattan. UFC 244’s inaugural pre-fight press conference, which will be emceed by company president Dana White, is free to attend and open to the public.
In addition to expletive-laden trash talk and loosely-controlled chaos, a potentially volatile staredown will almost certainly be on today’s menu — you aren’t going to want to miss it.
NOTE the UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz start times
UFC 244 main card start time: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View
UFC 244 prelims start time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ESPN2
UFC 244 early prelims start time: 6:15 p.m. ET / 3:15 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass
UFC officials came out of left field when it named the headliner for its 500th event ever.
Initially working toward a welterweight title defense with champion Kamaru Usman taking on challenger Colby Covington, UFC president Dana White surprised everyone when he named a titillating non-title showdown between fan favorites Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal as the UFC 244 headliner, which will take place on Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Though there isn’t a UFC championship on the line in the UFC 244 main event, Masvidal and Diaz will be squaring off for the fictitious “Baddest Motherf—er” belt that Diaz conjured out of thin air. With that designation immediately gaining traction, White has decided to create a BMF belt for the winner.
Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz will be fighting for the inaugural “Baddest Motherfu—er” title this November at UFC 244. Given what both men bring to the table, the fight itself is expected to be fireworks.
But for former UFC middleweight champion and reputed smack talker Michael Bisping, there isn’t really much to anticipate in terms of the pre-fight build-up.
I think a lot of people are getting a little too excited for the preemptive trash talk that’s gonna take place,” Bisping said in a recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast (transcript by MMA News). A lot of people are expecting these crazy back-and-forths. I actually think it’s gonna be somewhat respectful.
They both know they’re badasses, they both know they’re real dudes. They both know that, ‘listen sh-t can kick off right now motherfu—er. We don’t care.’ So I think for that reason it’s gonna be pretty uneventful, the leadup to the fight.”
But that doesn’t mean that Bisping isn’t expecting the fight to live up to expectations.
Not saying it’s not gonna be compelling,” he added. “Not saying it’s not gonna be must-watch TV. Not saying the fight isn’t gonna deliver, I am. I just don’t think we’re gonna see like a Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz-type situation.
I think both of them are gonna hold each other in a certain level of respect. Hold each other in a certain regard, but the fight will one million percent deliver.”
UFC 244 will take place on November 2nd at Madison Square Garden.