What’s Next? UFC 244 Results and Thoughts

by Lance Carpenter

The UFC made the hallowed pilgrimage to Madison Square Garden for an insane night of violence and an appearance by the President of the United States. The event proved to be as monumental as was expected, with nearly every fight delivering on the expectation set for performing at the country’s most famous arena. One could argue the UFC and MMA have never been bigger and more publicly visible than it was last night. It was a landmark night fans will remember for a long time. It was a night for young talent, and the home for one of the biggest upsets of the year in Corey Anderson. What a night. Here are the results:

RESULTS:

Hakeem Dawodu def. Julio Arce via Split Decision

Lyman Good def. Chance Rencountre via TKO (punch), Rd 3

Kaitlyn Chookagian def. Jennifer Maia via Unanimous Decision

Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Andrei Arlovkis via KO (punch), Rd 1

Edmen Shahbazyan def. Brad Tavares via KO (head kick), Rd 1

Shane Burgos def. Makwan Amirkhani via TKO (punches), Rd 3

Corey Anderson def. Johnny Walker via TKO (punches), RD 1

Kevin Lee def. Gregor Gillespie via KO (head kick), Rd 1

Derrick Lewis def. Blagoy Ivanov via Split Decision

Stephen Thomson def. Vicente Luque via Unanimous Decision

Darren Till def. Kelvin Gastelum via Split Decision

Jorge Masvidal def. Nate Diaz via TKO (doctor stoppage), Rd 3

THOUGHTS:

  • As much as people are clamoring to run the main event back ASAP, I think the better decision might be to let this one die. As Dana White said, this was a one-off, a circus act, a crazy alignment of the starts where everything worked perfectly. The media promotion, the historic venue, the celebrity power, the sell-out crowd, a one-time belt crafted for this night specifically. This was a comet that should never pass through again, and looking at the division and the upcoming title fight, Jorge Masvidal should be next in line.
  • Nate Diaz’s stock only rises with this performance, and a McGregor trilogy is all but guaranteed at this point, granted they don’t run the BMF title back. McGregor will likely fight in January, and this aligns perfectly with International Fight Week 2020, headlined by the rubber match. Everyone cross your fingers.
  • Darren Till looks perfectly competent at middleweight, but not exceptional. It is difficult to look exceptional against Gastelum. Give him a middle-of-the-road fight against Uriah Hall.
  • How about Corey Anderson?! Give the man the title shot or release him. He’s earned it.
  • Great to see Wonderboy get a hard-fought win. He badly needed that. RDA in Brazil early next year?
  • Kevin Lee looks again like the killer he was destined to be when he was on his winning streak through 2016-2017. Give him Islam Makhachev and let that feud they have with each other end.
  • Rozenstruik is a problem. Book him short-notice against Overeem in the Fight Night headliner this December.
  • Chookagian might have won herself a title shot? Maybe? She looked better tonight than she ever has.

FIGHTS TO MAKE:

  • Hakeem Dawodu // Arnold Allen
  • Julio Arce // Kevin Aguilar
  • Lyman Good // Dwight Grant
  • Chance Rencountre // Derrick Krantz
  • Jennifer Maia // Andrea Lee
  • Andrei Arlovski // Jeff Hughes
  • Edmen Shahbazyan // Derek Brunson
  • Brad Tavares // Antonio Carlos Junior
  • Shane Burgos // Jeremy Stephens
  • Makwan Amirkhani // Kron Gracie
  • Johnny Walker // Nikita Krylov
  • Gregor Gillespie // Al Iaquinta
  • Derrick Lewis // Curtis Blaydes
  • Blagoy Ivanov // Aleksei Oleinik
  • Vicente Luque // Li Jingliang
  • Kelvin Gastelum // Jack Hermansson
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