Fight Week is finally here. This week, fighters have made their way to New York City for the highly-anticipated UFC 244 pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden. For the first time in UFC history, a special belt was made for the main event between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz that will award the Baddest Motherf*cker (BMF) title.
In the co-main event, top middleweight contenders Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till square off.
The main card will kickoff with Kevin Lee taking on Gregor Gillespie, before a heavyweight bout between Blagoy Ivanov and Derrick Lewis and the featured bout between Vicente Luque and Stephen Thompson.
Ahead of this weekend’s event, the UFC uploaded its behind-the-scenes YouTube series “UFC Embedded” to give you an up-close look at what the fighters go through on fight week as they make their final preparations for Saturday night.
Below is all of the information you will need leading up to the fight, including every episode of UFC 244 Embedded.
UFC 244: Fight Time & Viewing Details
Event: UFC 244: Diaz vs. Masvidal
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Location: New York, New York
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Main Card Card Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, ESPN2, ESPN+
UFC 244 Embedded, Episode 1
On Episode 1 of UFC 244 Embedded, middleweight Kelvin Gastelum wraps up training camp for his fight against Darren Till with sparring and a family meal. Headlining welterweight Jorge Masvidal travels via private plane alongside his father, coach Mike Brown, and UFC 244 heavyweight Andrei Arlovski. Brazilian light heavyweight Johnny Walker reports for duty, eager to take on Ultimate Fighter winner Corey Anderson.
UFC 244 Embedded, Episode 2
On Episode 2 of UFC 244 Embedded, a high-energy Kelvin Gastelum lands in New York City. Light heavyweight Johnny Walker ventures into Times Square in search of a haircut. Welterweight Jorge Masvidal impersonates a pop star and greets fans before joining his team, including heavyweight Andrei Arlovski, for a suit fitting.
UFC 244 Embedded, Episode 3
On Episode 3 of UFC 244 Embedded, middleweight Kelvin Gastelum takes a call from lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Light heavyweight opponents Corey Anderson and Johnny Walker check in for fight week, as does honorary New Yorker Stephen Thompson. Welterweight Jorge Masvidal makes the rounds at ESPN, and inimitable headliner Nate Diaz opens up about hat position and childhood banana vandalism.
UFC 244 Embedded, Episode 4
On Episode 4 of UFC 244 Embedded, welterweight Stephen “Wonderboy Thompson” trains with his coach and father; middleweight Kelvin Gastelum trains at the facility belonging to Renzo Gracie, whose grandfather created BJJ. Fans rally behind both coasts at the open workouts, where headliners Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz entertain with words.
UFC 244 Embedded, Episode 5
On Episode 5 of UFC 244 Embedded, fans from around the world mob Nate Diaz on the streets of New York. Middleweight Kelvin Gastelum’s energy stays high as he starts to sweat off the extra pounds. Opponents face off at Ultimate Media Day: light heavyweight title hopefuls Corey Anderson and Johnny Walker; welterweights Stephen Thompson and Vicente Luque; Diaz and Jorge Masvidal. Gastelum poses solo, and later in the day his opponent Darren Till arrives in the States after an unexpected delay in London.
UFC 244 Embedded, Episode 6
On Episode 6 of UFC 244 Embedded, after a wild week of lead-up, official weigh-ins are blissfully uneventful as everyone hits their mark. Later that day, opponents face off one final time at Madison Square Garden at the ceremonial weigh-in, where none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson oversees the main event staredown.
UFC 244 Fight Card
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10:00 p.m. ET)
- Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz
- Kelvin Gastelum vs. Darren Till
- Vicente Luque vs. Stephen Thompson
- Blagoy Ivanov vs. Derrick Lewis
- Gregor Gillespie vs. Kevin Lee
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN2, 8:00 p.m. ET)
- Corey Anderson vs. Johnny Walker
- Makwan Amirkhani vs. Shane Burgos
- Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Brad Tavares
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Jair Rozenstruik
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN2/ESPN+, 6:15 p.m. ET)
- Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jennifer Maia
- Lyman Good vs. Chance Rencountre
- Julio Arce vs. Hakeem Dawodu