UFC 244 Odds: Can Nate Diaz Halt Jorge Masvidal’s Title Shot Run?
After taking out Darren Till and Ben Askren earlier this year, Jorge Masvidal was in the mix as a challenger for UFC welterweight champ, Kamaru Usman. But, after being called out by Nate Diaz this past August, Masvidal is set to battle the Stockton star at UFC 244. Can Diaz score the upset win and end Masvidal’s title shot run? Before reviewing the betting line, check out the BetRivers Promo Code.
Diaz’s callout of Masvidal
Diaz returned to the Octagon this past August at UFC 241, for the first time since he lost his rematch to Conor McGregor in 2016. The outspoken fighter faced Anthony Pettis, and Diaz worked his way to a decision win.
After the impressive victory, Diaz electrified the MMA world by stating the following (quote via Bloody Elbow.com).
“With this belt, I want to defend it against… Jorge Masvidal had a good last fight,” Diaz said in his post-fight interview. “Good last fight. All respect to the man, but there ain’t no gangsters in this game anymore. There ain’t nobody who does it right but me and him.
“So I know my man’s a gangster, but he ain’t no West Coast gangster.”
“Masvidal just did his thing the other day. That was great. Stuff like that, with all due respect, motivates you to fight that person because they’ve done some great sh-t. Stick that in my bag of great sh-t.”
“Gamebred” was in attendance at UFC 241 to witness Diaz’s callout first hand. But, when asked to respond to the rugged vet’s request, “Gamebred” said this (quote via BJ Penn.com):
“Damn right I’m not a West Coast Gangster. F**k right, man. I’m from Miami, Florida, that’s in the South, that’s as south as you can go. I was raised by the Latin community and that’s what I am, I’m a Latin motherf***ing, thugged-out motherf***er, goon from Miami, Florida.”
Diaz vs. Masvidal: the odds
Well, Diaz and Masvidal are now booked to fight November 2nd at UFC 244, which will be hosted by Madison Square Garden in New York City. The stars are going to fight in the headliner of the event, and they will compete for the ‘BMF’ title.
As it stands right now, Diaz is heading into the contest as the underdog with odds ranging from +139 to +153. So, can Diaz score the upset win? And halt Masvidal’s climb up the welterweight ranks?
There’s no question that Diaz is one of the toughest and most talented fighters in the sport. After all, this is a fighter who has defeated former champs like Pettis and McGregor, and he’s also defeated respected fighters like Donald Cerrone, Jim Miller and Michael Johnson.
If Diaz fights smarts, avoids Masvidal’s power shots during the early going, and negates the latter’s takedown attempts (if they come), he’ll be in a great position to record a victory. Especially if the fight goes into the fourth and fifth rounds.