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UFC 254 Justin Gaethje vs Khabib Nurmagomedov : predictions, Fight card, odds, date

It’s almost time to rush to Fight Island as the second leg of the UFC in Abu Dhabi closes immediately with its best matchup. Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will look to unify for a second time when he faces interim champ Justin Gaethje within the main event on Saturday, Oct. 24 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV). Nurmagomedov unified last summer when he submitted Dustin Poirier via rear-naked choke during a fight that also happened in Abu Dhabi.

UFC 254 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje : predictions, Fight card, odds, date

The champ was scheduled to face Tony Ferguson — a sixth time attempting to urge the 2 within the Octagon together — in May, but travel restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic made it impossible for Nurmagomedov to form it to the event. On the move was Gaithaz, who took shots in the title fight and delivered the same with an incredible performance against Ferguson to say the interim strap. 

In the first round, Geithji entered the show with three straight survivors, including three James Vic, Edson Barboza, and Donald Serron.” The Highlight” has yet to ascertain the judges’ scorecards since joining UFC back in 2017 and therefore the last decision of his career came in 2014 against Melvin Guillard under the WSOF banner. 

Also, the co-main event sees former champion Robert Whitaker take on veteran Jared Cannier as well as a de facto middleweight title eliminator. Whittaker rebounded nicely from his TKO loss to Israel Adesanya with a choice convert Darren Till earlier this summer. Cannonier, meanwhile, has won three straight since dropping to 185 pounds, but none of his opponents are the extent of Whittaker.

It’s getting to be a busy week of fight coverage in Abu Dhabi. Stay tuned to the present page for the newest news, odds, and updates surrounding UFC 254, also as our feature content on the most event fighters. Below is that the complete fight card with odds provided by William Hill Sportsbook.

UFC 254 has finally arrived, which means Khabib Nurmagomedov putting his lightweight championship on the road against interim champion Justin Gaethje in what’s unquestionably the foremost anticipated showdown of the year. The action goes down Saturday afternoon from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

Gaethje is coming off the most important win of his career, defeating Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in May by fifth-round TKO after dominating almost every minute of the fight. That derailed the decision to go for a sixth time to form about between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov, but it did found out a compelling showdown of Gaethje’s power striking And defensive wrestling against Nurmagomedov’s offensive wrestling game. Gaethje has won four straight by knockout, including three first-round finishes over James Vick, Edson Barboza, and Donald Cerrone.

Nurmagomedov is unbeaten in 26 career fights and has successfully defended the lightweight title twice since winning the belt in April 2018. With little trouble in any of his recent fights, the champ is going to be bent continue his dominant run and draw closer to his goal of retiring unbeaten at 30-0.

Also, the co-main event sees former champion Robert Whitaker take on veteran Jared Cannier as well as a de facto middleweight title eliminator. Whittaker rebounded nicely from his TKO loss to Israel Adesanya with a choice convert Darren Till earlier this summer. Cannonier, meanwhile, has won three straight since dropping to 185 pounds, but none of his opponents are the extent of Whittaker.

UFC 254 fight card, odds

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) -330 vs. Justin Gaethje (ic) +260, lightweight title
  • Jared Cannonier -115 vs. Robert Whittaker -105, middleweights
  • Alexander Volkov -180 vs. Walt Harris +155, heavyweights
  • Phillip Hawes -260 vs. Jacob Malkoun +210, middleweights 
  • Lauren Murphy -195 vs. Liliya Shakirova +165, women’s flyweights 
  • Magomed Ankalaev -330 vs. Ion Cutelaba +260, light heavyweights 
  • Tai Tuivasa -125 vs. Stefan Struve +105, heavyweights 
  • Shavkat Rakhmonov -120 vs. Alex Oliveira +100, welterweights
  • Da-Un Jung -360 vs. Sam Alvey +280, light heavyweights
  • Casey Kenney -170 vs. Nathaniel Wood +145, catchweight
  • Miranda Maverick -400 vs. Liana Jojua +310, women’s flyweights
  • Joel Alvarez -170 vs. Alexander Yakovlev +145, lightweights

Start time :

US

  • The main card starts Oct. 24, 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).
  • The prelims start Oct. 24, 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT).
  • The early prelims start Oct. 24, 10.15 a.m. ET (7.15 a.m. PT).

UK

  • The main card starts Oct. 24, 7 p.m. BST.
  • The prelims start Oct. 24, 5 p.m. BST.
  • The early prelims start Oct 24, 3.15 BST.

Australia

  • The main card starts Oct. 25, 5 a.m. AEDT.
  • The prelims start Oct. 25, 3 a.m. AEDT.
  • The early prelims start Oct. 25, 1.15 a.m. AEDT.

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