Fight fans largely got what they wanted over the first three rounds of last night’s title fight for the UFC’s newly-minted BMF belt at Madison Square Garden. Jorge Masvidal bloodied Nate Diaz, but the wounded warrior kept marching forward in the action-packed UFC 244 main event.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 3, 2019
Alas, the fight was stopped prior to the fourth round as the ringside doctor deemed the cut above Diaz’ eye to be too severe for the fight to continue. Following Masvidal’s TKO win, MMA commentators and fellow UFC fighters — including Masvidal’s former friend turned foe Colby Covington — took to Twitter to weigh in on what had transpired.
JORGE MASVIDAL CLAIMS BMF BELT
You guys said it don’t back out motherfuker, I see the fukery coming my way already. pic.twitter.com/ajm2CIm1MD
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) November 3, 2019
Softest mother fucking fight on the planet #UFC244
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) November 3, 2019
If this was WWE , you’d have a long reigning champ that you don’t want to lose clean. So you either make a triple threat match or have someone run in and cost him the title. I’m a dork, but great job by both guys. Jorge looked like a killer, and Nate is a Dog(west side) #bmf
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) November 3, 2019
Congrats @GamebredFighter 🙌🏼
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) November 3, 2019
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) November 3, 2019
NEVER EVER EVER FIGHT IN NEW YORK. Same exact doctor looked me in the eye and told me I had a broken leg. I knew I didn’t and knew I could continue. MSG…amazing history and venue…NY…horrible commission. #ufc244
— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) November 3, 2019
Congratulations to Jorge Masvidal @GamebredFighter for his win against a very tough Nate Diaz. Nothing should be taken away from his dominant effort because the ref stopped it. More versatile and dimensional and better. Respect to both. #ufc244 #MasvidalDiaz #gamebred
— Teddy Atlas (@TeddyAtlasReal) November 3, 2019
Whatttt!!!!! That was a crazy call by the doc.
Certainly lived up to the hype while it lasted! Let's run it back!!!!
Masvidal looked phenomenal in there for sure though. #UFC
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) November 3, 2019
Two big wins for the 3️⃣0️⃣5️⃣ tonight. pic.twitter.com/59mPNsiX5t
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 3, 2019
I want that belt @Ufc it means the most
— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) November 3, 2019
BMF belt needs to be Vale Tudo rules.
— Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) November 3, 2019
— Dr. Greg Hsu (@UFCDoctor) November 3, 2019
Darn. Diaz-masvidal was so much fun. Dr for sure SHOULD have stopped with that cut, but no one wanted it to end that way #ufc244
— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) November 3, 2019