Masvidal betting favourite facing Diaz on UFC 244 odds

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Jorge Masvidal celebrates his knockout victory over Ben Askren during their welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 239 in Las Vegas. (Eric Jamison/AP)

Jorge Masvidal will try to build on his latest victory, which featured the fastest knockout in UFC history, when he takes on Nate Diaz on Saturday in the UFC 244 main event as a -155 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Masvidal needed just five seconds to dispose of Ben Askren in his last outing at UFC 239 as a +170 underdog, earning a Performance of the Night bonus and improving his professional MMA record to 34-13 going into Saturday night’s match at Madison Square Garden.

His stunning victory over Askren marked Masvidal’s second straight knockout finish. The 34-year-old also knocked out Darren Till in their clash at UFC Fight Night 147 back in March, paying out as a +180 wager and taking home a Fight of the Night bonus. However, Masvidal has struggled to maintain consistent success in the octagon in recent years, claiming victory in just six of his past 11 fights, and he has not strung together three consecutive wins in over five years.

Pegged as a +125 underdog for Saturday’s main event at betting sites, Diaz returns to action after posting a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Pettis as a -105 wager in a three-round bout at UFC 241. That marked the Stockton, California native’s first octagon appearance since his two epic bouts with former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in 2016, and just his third welterweight clash since 2011.

Diaz came close to pulling out of this fight after failing a recent test for performance enhancing substances, but was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing, allowing the fight to move ahead. Sportsbooks have responded to Diaz’ return to action and recent controversy by publishing a series of UFC 244 betting props. The 34-year-old is set as a +300 bet to call out the US Anti-Doping Agency during Saturday night’s event, and he sports +250 odds of connecting with his trademark Stockton Slap during his tilt with Masvidal.

Earlier on Saturday night, Till will be looking to avoid a third straight loss when he takes on Kelvin Gastelum in a clash of middleweights as a lengthy +195 underdog. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson faces off against fellow welterweight Vicente Luque as narrow -130 chalk, while Derrick “The Black Beat” Lewis battles Blagoy Ivanov as a +100 underdog in heavyweight action.

A fan favourite, who has taken home performance bonuses in six of his past 10 fights, Lewis enters the octagon looking to end the first two-fight losing streak of his career, while Ivanov aims for his third straight victory sporting -130 odds.

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