Well UFC 244 was one hell of a card from start to finish. With wars, brawls and controversy Madison Square Garden stood witness to the wacky spectacle that MMA can be.
The Main Card
Kicking off the main card was outspoken Kevin Lee taking on undefeated Gregor Gillespie with a spectacular headkick in the first round. There was reason for concern as Lee has struggled in his recent outings. Lee has been training under Firas Zihabi recently and it appeared to pay dividends with a highlight real finish on the big stage.
Next we saw the big boys of the heavyweight division clash as Derrick Lewis met Blagoy Ivanov. What can I say about this fight? It was more energetic than we are used to seeing Lewis. He seemed more measured and simply powered out of multiple submission threats from Ivanov.
Lewis has said he is more focused on strength and conditioning now and it showed with his cardio going from abysmal to merely below average.
Ivanov has one hell of a chin as Lewis landed some vicious shots as the two brawled for 15 minutes.
In a bout to decide the Nicest Motherf*cker in the game Stephen Thompson made mince meat of Vincente Luque’s face.
In what can only be called a masterclass of being Wonderboy, Thompson at 37 years of age showed us moments of his younger self. Luque was throwing heavy hands and having minor success at times. But the constant movement and piston quick hands of Thompson were just too much in the end. After 15 minutes of reminding fans of why he is Wonderboy, Thompson took a unanimous decision.
In a fight that saw a measured and possibly more mature Darren Till take a deserved decision win over former title challenger, Kelvin Gastelum. Some fans may have been expecting more fireworks but instead we saw Till make solid decision throughout the 15 minutes to make a statement in his new weight class.
With the title of Baddest Motherf*cker in the game on the line we had a shocking result, doctor stoppage.
That is right, the entire MMA community was left screaming for more as Jorge Masvidal takes the win. After multiple cuts On Nate Diaz’s mean mug prompted the cage side doctor to end the bout fans were left feeling unfulfilled.
As the crowd booed the BMF belt was strapped on Masvidal by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as promised but it just did not feel right. And while the fight was entertaining and Masvidal seemed to be getting the best of Diaz, his fans will always rave about the Diaz cardio card to be played.
And with fans left wanting more so were the fighters, feeling their business went unfinished. Because of this Masvidal has said he wants a rematch to finish what he and Diaz started.
UFC 244 Prelim Highlights
Before the main card kicked off we were treated to some banging prelims that saw contenders decided and prospects revealed.
In the featured prelim we saw dangerous prospect Johnny Walker face off against grinder Corey Anderson. As Anderson was determined to make a statement to remind fans and UFC matchmakers why he is a legitimate title challenger he left nobody it hard to doubt.
Walker has shown to be able to end a fight at any moment but he was not given a chance as Anderson shut him out.
Before the light heavyweight clash we saw featherweights Shane Burgos and Makwan Amirkhani give fans a show. With Burgos able to get the TKO in the third round after battering the body of Amirkhani.
If you want to see someone who loves what he does you should give this fight a watch.
With such a big card you have to kick off the prelims right and UFC 244 delivered in a big way. As super talented Edmen Shahbazyan was given a chance to perform against veteran Brad Tavares.
As you can see the fight went well for Shahbazyan as he made it a quick night at work. Tavares had his night ended in the first round as Glendale Combat Club shows the world they have another legitimate contender.
If you would like to read more stories like this be sure to check out the content at Overtime Heroics.
Join us to discuss MMA and much more on the forums.
Be sure to follow us for all the latest news on Twitter.
If you liked the article follow the author on Twitter.