Jorge Masvidal’s memorable 2019 run that made him a prime candidate for “Fighter of the Yr” was closed out by a essential occasion victory on one of many extra distinctive nights in MMA historical past.

With President Donald Trump seated cageside and The Rock readily available to glorify the winner with the “BMF” title, Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) beat Nate Diaz to declare the specifically created belt within the UFC 244 headliner at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York.

After scoring thrilling knockouts of Ben Askren and Darren Until earlier in 2019, Masvidal closed out probably the most notable yr of his profession by busting up Diaz’s face en path to a third-round TKO resulting from a health care provider stoppage. It didn’t come with out controversy, although, as many, together with Diaz, felt he might have continued to compete.

The battle largely lived as much as expectations previous to being lower quick, and the win elevated Masvidal right into a place to problem for the UFC welterweight title, which he’ll do Saturday when he faces Kamaru Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-Zero UFC) within the UFC 251 essential occasion at Flash Discussion board in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

Watch the video above to look at Masvidal’s encounter with Diaz in full forward of UFC 251.