Jorge Masvidal. Nate Diaz. What’s UFC 244 without a little controversy?
Nate Diaz handled the USADA issue like a BMF. The Kelvin Gastelum weigh-in probably needs revisiting, but for now, all fighters made weight and we have a show.
NYSAC has released a statement regarding Kelvin Gastelum’s weigh-in this morning. The UFC 244 co-main is on and the weight will stand. But the commission is reviewing the matter and could take disciplinary action. Gastelum allegedly leaned on coach Rafael Cordeiro on the scale. pic.twitter.com/eFz5ehxFrY
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) November 1, 2019
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)
JULIO ARCE (16-3-0) VS. HAKEEM DAWODU (10-1-1)
Andrews: Hakeem is in tough here. He will need to hurt Arce and I’m not sure he can. Arce will ground out a tough win.
Andrews Prediction: Julio Arce via UD
LYMAN GOOD (20-5-0, 1NC) VS. CHANCE RECOUNTRE (14-3-0)
Andrews: Tough one to call, but I am giving Lyman the slight edge.
Andrews Prediction: Lyman Good via SD
#1 KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN (12-2-0) VS. #5 JENNIFER MAIA (17-5-1)
Andrews: Chookagian is good at grinding out decisions with her striking and I think she does the same thing here.
Andrews Prediction: Katlyn Chookagian via UD
ANDREI ARLOVSKI (28-18-0) VS. JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK (8-0-0)
Andrews: Arlovski is near the end of the line. Jairzinho needs one good shot and I think he gets it early.
Andrews Prediction: Jairzinho Rozenstruik via TKO
#13 EDMEN SHAHBAZYAN (10-0-0) VS. #11 BRAD TAVARES (17-5-0)
Andrews: Can Edmen run through Brad? Tavares is a seasoned vet and tough. But I think after a slow start, Edmen breaks through.
Andrews Prediction: Edmen Shahbazyan via TKO
#12 SHANE BURGOS (12-1-0) VS. MAKWAN AMIRKHANI (15-3-0)
Andrews: Close fight on paper. Both guys like submissions so they may keep it standing. Burgos ekes it out.
Andrews Prediction: Shane Burgos via SD
#7 COREY ANDERSON (12-4-0) VS. #11 JOHNNY WALKER (17-3-0)
Andrews: Another impressive finish for Mr. Walker.
Andrews Prediction: Johnny Walker via TKO
#10 KEVIN LEE (17-5-0) VS. #11 GREGOR GILLESPIE (13-0-0)
Andrews: Lee has been outsmarted and outgunned in three of his last four fights. Gillespie will outsmart him again.
Andrews Prediction: Gregor Gillespie via submission
#5 DERRICK LEWIS (21-7-0) VS. #8 BLAGOY IVANOV (18-2-0)
Andrews: Lewis always has a shot with his knockout power, but he is older and slower now. I think Ivanov will come in with a good gameplan to strike smartly and get the fight to the ground to grind it out.
Andrews Prediction: Blagoy Ivanov via UD
#9 STEPHEN THOMPSON (14-4-1) VS. #14 VICENTE LUQUE (17-6-1)
Andrews: The Wonderboy has had a good run, but he is older now. He was finished for the first last time in his last fight and Luque is a finisher. If Wonderboy was younger, I could see him fending him off a decision win, but Luque will pierce his defences for another stoppage.
Andrews Prediction: Vincente Luque via TKO
#4 DARREN TILL (17-2-1) VS. #10 KELVIN GASTELUM (15-4-0)
Andrews: Till is the bigger fighter and has good striking but Gastelum is versatile and if he can get inside, he will wear Till down. Plus, he can get the fight to the ground where Till is weaker. Now will the commission penalize him for the weigh-in, that is the question.
Andrews Prediction: Kelvin Gastelum via UD
#3 JORGE MASVIDAL (34-13-0) VS. #7 NATE DIAZ (20-11-0)
Andrews: Diaz has the size advantage and striking advantage. His boxing will be a problem for Masvidal, but somehow I feel Jorge will pull it off somehow. Diaz is not used to competing his own style and for five rounds. Jorge wants to prove that it is his time and will overcome some nervousness to pull it off.
Andrews Prediction: Jorge Masvidal via TKO