MMASucka’s UFC 244 Staff Picks

UFC 244
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: (L-R) Opponents Kevin Lee and Gregor Gillespie face off during the UFC 244 Ultimate Media Day on October 31, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Only one card this weekend for our MMASucka staff picks. Later today, November 2nd, UFC 244 will go down from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The five-fight main card will begin at 10:00pm ET (7:00pm PT) live on pay-per-view.

The Fights

A highly anticipated main event is in store between welterweights Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz for the “BMF” title (short for “Baddest Motherf—er”). The winner of the fight will receive a custom-made belt costing a whopping total of $50,000 to create. Dwayne Johnson will take Dana White’s shoes to wrap the belt around the winner later tonight. Masvidal’s 2019 calendar year has been one to remember, sparking the biggest hype behind his already illustrious career. A vicious combination in round two finished off England’s Darren Till by knockout last March. Most recently in July, Masvidal captured the fastest knockout in UFC history with a five-second flying knee over Ben Askren. His opponent, Diaz, returned to the octagon in August after a near three-year hiatus following his two incredible fights with Conor McGregor. His August bout came against long-time rival Anthony Pettis with Diaz taking the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.

In the co-main event, recent interim title challenger Kelvin Gastelum will take on divisional newcomer Darren Till. Gastelum comes in off a “Fight of the Year” contending loss to now divisional king Israel Adesanya. Till looks to get back to his winning ways after dropping back-to-back second round finishing defeats at 170 pounds, one of those against Tyron Woodley for the belt in 2018.

See the remaining stacked UFC 244 fights counted for our staff picks further below.

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Staff Picks

Throughout the year, staff picks will be composed of four different MMA promotions: UFCBellatorONE, and RIZIN. Main cards will make up both UFC and Bellator picks, while the biggest fights to make up ONE and RIZIN events will be used. The WINNER of staff picks will have a choice between receiving a championship belt from ProAmBelts or a championship chain from Championship Chains. The 2018 winner was awarded to Michael DeSantis, compiling a record of 202-101.

Check out our MMASucka staff picks for UFC 244 below.

Staff Records after Bellator 232:

1. Michael DeSantis: 264-148
2. Connor Deitrich: 263-149
3. Ed Gallo: 252-156
4. Mitchell Banuelos: 247-151
5. Mike Skytte: 245-167
6. Jeremy Brand: 242-169
7. Matt Bricker: 227-172
8. Ash Camyab: 212-162
9. Frazer Krohn: 141-103
10. Ryan Hobbs: 125-109
11. Andrew Benjamin: 105-75
12. McKenzie Guardiero: 101-79
13. Tanner Russ: 74-36
14. Dan Rose: 58-38
15. Mike Lynch: 29-28

Kevin Lee (17-5) vs. Gregor Gillespie (13-0)

Jeremy Brand: Lee via UD
Mike Skytte: Gillespie via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Gillespie via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Lee via UD
Ed Gallo: Lee via UD
Matt Bricker: Lee via Round 2 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Gillespie via UD
Ash Camyab: Lee via UD
Ryan Hobbs: Gillespie via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Gillespie via UD
Frazer Krohn: Gillespie via SD
Tanner Russ: Gillespie via Round 3 TKO
Dan Rose: Gillespie via Round 1 TKO
Mike Lynch: Gillespie via UD

Staff picking Lee: 5
Staff picking Gillespie: 9

Derrick Lewis (21-7, 1 NC) vs. Blagoy Ivanov (18-2, 1 NC)

Jeremy Brand: Lewis via UD
Mike Skytte: Lewis via SD
Michael DeSantis: Lewis via Round 3 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Ivanov via UD
Ed Gallo: Lewis via Round 1 TKO
Matt Bricker: Lewis via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Lewis via Round 2 TKO
Ash Camyab: Lewis via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Ivanov via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Lewis via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Lewis via Round 2 TKO
Tanner Russ: Lewis via Round 1 TKO
Dan Rose: Ivanov via UD
Mike Lynch: Lewis via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Lewis: 11
Staff picking Ivanov: 3

Stephen Thompson (14-4-1) vs. Vicente Luque (17-6-1)

Jeremy Brand: Luque via Round 2 TKO
Mike Skytte: Luque via Round 3 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Thompson via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Thompson via UD
Ed Gallo: Luque via Round 1 TKO
Matt Bricker: Luque via Round 1 TKO
Connor Deitrich: Thompson via UD
Ash Camyab: Thompson via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Thompson via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Thompson via UD
Frazer Krohn: Thompson via UD
Tanner Russ: Luque via Round 3 TKO
Dan Rose: Thompson via Round 2 TKO
Mike Lynch: Thompson via sD

Staff picking Thompson: 9
Staff picking Luque: 5

Kelvin Gastelum (15-4, 1 NC) vs. Darren Till (17-2-1)

Jeremy Brand: Gastelum via UD
Mike Skytte: Till via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Gastelum via Round 2 TKO
Mitchell Banuelos: Till via Round 3 TKO
Ed Gallo: Till via UD
Matt Bricker: Till via SD
Connor Deitrich: Gastelum via Round 1 TKO
Ash Camyab: Till via Round 3 TKO
Ryan Hobbs: Gastelum via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Gastelum via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Till via UD
Tanner Russ: Gastelum via Round 1 TKO
Dan Rose: Gastelum via UD
Mike Lynch: Till via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Gastelum: 7
Staff picking Till: 7

Jorge Masvidal (34-13) vs. Nate Diaz (20-11)

Jeremy Brand: Masvidal via Round 1 TKO
Mike Skytte: Diaz via Round 3 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Diaz via UD
Mitchell Banuelos: Diaz via UD
Ed Gallo: Masvidal via UD
Matt Bricker: Masvidal via UD
Connor Deitrich: Masvidal via UD
Ash Camyab: Diaz via Round 5 SUB
Ryan Hobbs: Masvidal via UD
Andrew Benjamin: Diaz via Round 4 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Masvidal via SD
Tanner Russ: Diaz via UD
Dan Rose: Diaz via Round 5 SUB
Mike Lynch: Diaz via UD

Staff picking Masvidal: 6
Staff picking Diaz: 8

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Wesley Riddle is a 25-year-old writer out of Harrisonburg, Virginia and a recent graduate from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, having obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education. Watching the draw between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard from 2011 sparked his interest in the sport of mixed martial arts. He created "All That MMA" on Twitter, which came to birth in December of 2013. He would join with MMASucka in the later quarter of 2016. Some of Riddle's hobbies include music, playing golf, watching horror movies, and working with non-profit organizations throughout his community. You can follow him on Twitter at @AllThatMMA or @WesleyRiddleMMA, and on Instagram @WesleyRiddle.


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