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UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje

UFC 254
  • Saturday 10.24.2020 at 02:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: ESPN 2
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Endeavor
  • Venue: UFC Fight Island
  • Location: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Jon Anik
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 675,000 | TV Ratings: 343,000 avg. viewers (ESPN 2 prelims)
  • MMA Bouts: 12
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Fight Card

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts

Honors & Awards

  • Performance of the Night
    Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje   |   $50,000 bonus to Nurmagomedov
  • Performance of the Night
    Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba II   |   $50,000 bonus to Ankalaev
  • Fight of the Night
    Casey Kenney vs. Nathaniel Wood   |   $50,000 bonus to each fighter

Referees

  • Jason Herzog
    Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje (12)Hawes vs. Malkoun (9)Struve vs. Tuivasa (6)Alvarez vs. Yakovlev (1)
  • Anders Ohlsson
    Whittaker vs. Cannonier (11)Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba II (7)Kenney vs. Wood (5)Jung vs. Alvey (3)
  • Lukasz Bosacki
    Volkov vs. Harris (10)Murphy vs. Shakirova (8)Oliveira vs. Rakhmonov (4)Jojua vs. Maverick (2)

Event Discussion

ImperatorFishrat
ImperatorFishrat

10.26.2020 | 11:51 PM ET

Huh.

Goddamn Greg. Careful with that axe!
mulefloyd
mulefloyd

10.27.2020 | 2:11 PM ET

The ONLY time I was entertained by a Khabib performance and thus at least mildly interested in his next one was this fight. Only time I've seen him be a dynamic ground fighter instead of a static one. 

I agree about the Tibau fight but it was obvious that Khabib had improved over that early version himself. The GSP comparison is very apt imo, at least the post-Serra version as both were too focused on defensive tactics and control to ever be truly entertaining.

* Edited at 10.27.2020, 2:12 PM ET *

FireFist45
FireFist45

10.27.2020 | 4:13 PM ET

Khabib's Padded record Before UFC ....

6 fighters were making their pro-debut  ( means extremely padded )
only fought 6 fighters with winning records in his first 16 fights  


When Khabib was about to fight someone like Tony Ferguson who had plans for him on the ground game -- mean lots and lots of blood spilled - Khabib would suddenly have a medical issue and cant fight because he cut too much weight or something else.  

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