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UFC 244 fight card, UK start time and ticket info as Diaz and Masvidal meet for BMF belt, with Darren Till and The Rock also in New York

New York City plays host to the UFC’s 500th live event in arguably the biggest card of the year.

It’s not even a title fight headlining – unless you count the BMF belt that has been specially designed for the winner of Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal’s match – which tells you something about how highly anticipated this event is.

Britain’s Darren Till is the co-main event when he appears in the middleweight division for the first time and takes on Kelvin Gastelum.

Johnny Walker, Stephen Thompson and Derrick Lewis are all in NYC, too.

Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal are going to lock horns at UFC 244

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Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal are going to lock horns at UFC 244

When and where is UFC 244 taking place?

UFC 244 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City – for us in the UK, it’s the early hours of Sunday, November 3.

How can I watch it?

It will be shown exclusively live at 12am (2am main card) on Saturday 2 November on BT Sport 1 HD and on the BT Sport app.

What is the BMF belt?

Quite simply, it stands for baddest motherf*****’. It’s a one-off title specifically for the Diaz/Masvidal fight and UFC president said it cost $50,000 to make.

It snowballed from Diaz calling out Masvidal after beating Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in August. Diaz just wanted to fight someone he thought would be up for a scrap, but it soon became a thing and now fans around the world are licking their lips at the prospect of the two sharing the octagon in one of the most iconic venues in the world.

The Rock – yes, the Hollywood star – will be the one to strap it around the winner at the end of the night.

The Rock is one of the busiest men in Hollywood

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The Rock is one of the busiest men in Hollywood

Are there still tickets available?

There are, but how much do you want to go and see The Rock present two of the best fighters in the promotion with that $50k specially designed belt? At the time of writing the cheapest seats left will set you back $406.

The card

Welterweight: Jorge Masvidal v Nate Diaz

Middleweight: Kelvin Gastelum v Darren Till

Welterweight: Stephen Thompson v Vicente Luque

Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis v Blagoy Ivanov

Lightweight: Kevin Lee v Gregor Gillespie

Till has bulked up for his middleweight fight against Gastelum

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Till has bulked up for his middleweight fight against Gastelum

Preliminary card

Light heavyweight: Corey Anderson v Johnny Walker

Featherweight: Shane Burgos v Makwan Amirkhani

Middleweight: Brad Tavares v Edmen Shahbazyan

Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovksi v Jairzinho Rozenstruik

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