UFC 244: Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz -- how to watch, plus full analysis

There was a bump in the road last week, but the UFC 244 main event is full steam ahead, with Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz set to compete for a BMF belt created by the UFC for this very occasion, Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card begins at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view, which fans can purchase here. The prelims are on ESPN2 at 8 p.m., with the early prelims on ESPN+ at 6:15.

Masvidal (34-13) is coming off a five-second knockout of Ben Askren in July, the fastest KO in UFC history.

Diaz (20-11) ended a three-year absence from the sport with August's unanimous-decision win over former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

The UFC 244 main card also includes a co-main event between Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till, with the latter making his middleweight debut. There also are several other appealing bouts, even beyond the main card. The feature prelim is a meeting of top light heavyweights Corey Anderson (No. 6 in the ESPN rankings at 205 pounds) and Johnny Walker, winner of nine in a row, with eight finishes. The top fight on the early prelims pits Katlyn Chookagian (ESPN's No. 3 at strawweight) against Jennifer Maia (No. 7).

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UFC 244 schedule

PPV (via ESPN+), 10 p.m. ET

Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz | Welterweight

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Darren Till | Middleweight

Stephen Thompson vs. Vicente Luque | Welterweight

Derrick Lewis vs. Blagoy Ivanov | Heavyweight

Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie | Lightweight

ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Corey Anderson vs. Johnny Walker | Light heavyweight

Shane Burgos vs. Makwan Amirkhani | Men's featherweight

Brad Tavares vs. Edmen Shahbazyan | Middleweight

Andrei Arlovski vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik | Heavyweight

ESPN+, 6:15 p.m.

Jennifer Maia vs. Katlyn Chookagian | Women's flyweight

Lyman Good vs. Chance Rencountre | Welterweight

Julio Arce vs. Hakeem Dawodu | Men's featherweight

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