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07.09.2020 | 1:44 PM ET

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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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Bout   Info
Khabib Nurmagomedov   defeats   Justin Gaethje   via Submission, Triangle Choke   1:34 Round 2 of 5, 6:34 Total Bout Page
Robert Whittaker   defeats   Jared Cannonier   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Alexander Volkov   defeats   Walt Harris   via KO/TKO, Kick to the Solar Plexus   1:15 Round 2 of 3, 6:15 Total Bout Page
Phil Hawes   defeats   Jacob Malkoun   via KO/TKO, Punches   0:18 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Lauren Murphy   defeats   Liliya Shakirova   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke   3:31 Round 2 of 3, 8:31 Total Bout Page
Magomed Ankalaev   defeats   Ion Cutelaba   via KO/TKO, Punches   4:19 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Tai Tuivasa   defeats   Stefan Struve   via KO/TKO, Punches   4:59 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Casey Kenney   defeats   Nathaniel Wood   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Shavkat Rakhmonov   defeats   Alex Oliveira   via Submission, Guillotine Choke   4:40 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Da Un Jung   vs.   Sam Alvey   Ends in a Draw, Split   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Miranda Maverick   defeats   Liana Jojua   via KO/TKO, Doctor Stoppage (Cut)   5:00 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Joel Alvarez   defeats   Alexander Yakovlev   via Submission, Armbar   3:00 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page

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ImperatorFishrat
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10.22.2020 | 2:58 PM ET

Predictions: 9 of 12 Winners, 2 Perfect, 600 Points   |   Tied for 960th

Robert Whittaker   vs.   Jared Cannonier  


I'll take Whittaker by decision here but with shaky confidence. Rob is a LOT faster and more technical than Cannonier, but he could definitely get caught lunging in and Whittaker has been dropped a LOT in his last three fights. Cannonier is the biggest puncher he's faced probably ever.

"Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free they are not equal; if they are equal they are not free--Alexsander Solzhneitsyn"

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10.22.2020 | 3:22 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 8 of 12 Winners, 2 Perfect, 505 Points   |   Tied for 1935th

Kenney vs. Wood
Casey Kenney, DEC
Fight of the Night

ImperatorFishrat
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10.22.2020 | 3:29 PM ET

Predictions: 9 of 12 Winners, 2 Perfect, 600 Points   |   Tied for 960th

@The teller you're too late ****cheese, we've already talked about Kenney.

Jesus christ, this ******' guy.

"Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free they are not equal; if they are equal they are not free--Alexsander Solzhneitsyn"

Kevin Randleman
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10.22.2020 | 3:48 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 8 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 515 Points   |   Tied for 1861st

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Justin Gaethje, TKO, R4
Khabib gets terminated.

Whittaker vs. Cannonier
Robert Whittaker, DEC
Close fight.

Volkov vs. Harris
Alexander Volkov, DEC
Stays on the outside and wins.

Hawes vs. Malkoun
Phil Hawes, TKO, R1
Crack what a punch.

Murphy vs. Shakirova
Liliya Shakirova, DEC
Murphy is due for a loss.

Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba II
Ion Cutelaba, TKO, R1
Evryone is on Ankalaev... not me.

Struve vs. Tuivasa
Tai Tuivasa, TKO, R3
Bam Bam down goes Struve.

Kenney vs. Wood
Casey Kenney, DEC
Kenney just a lil better.

Oliveira vs. Rakhmonov
Shavkat Rakhmonov, DEC
Cowboy won last time so hes due for a loss.

Jung vs. Alvey
Da Un Jung, DEC
I like Sam Alvey but hes just not top level.

Jojua vs. Maverick
Miranda Maverick, DEC
Jojua is too much of a babe.

Alvarez vs. Yakovlev
Joel Alvarez, TKO, R2
Alvarez looks like a guy i knew when i was younger. Pretty cool guy.

"UNBREAKABLE"

MMAFORTUNETELLER
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10.22.2020 | 3:51 PM ET

I post my picks on my IG @mmafortuneteller_ or every event. I already have my plate full between my IG, Twitter and YouTube. I wouldn't consistently select them here as well realistically. I have had people challenge me to 3 event pick off and span them every time. 
Axl702
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10.22.2020 | 4:06 PM ET

Predictions: 3 of 12 Winners, 1 Perfect, 190 Points   |   Tied for 3541st

All the people siding with Liliya Shakirova to beat Murphy deserve as much slander as the mma fortune teller. 
a bunch of useless dumb *******s thinking Lauren will lose to this no name no hands and no jiu jitsu emo girl

"Khabib never fought another grappler and ducked Charles.....Change my mind"

Joshjeffords
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10.22.2020 | 4:51 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 12 Winners, 0 Perfect, 250 Points   |   Tied for 3402nd

No name russians are ******* up everything right now, as such trendy peeps are picking them.
Can't wait till they start popping on roids and other obvious cheats being called.
DamienHandel420
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10.22.2020 | 6:15 PM ET

Predictions: 8 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 570 Points   |   Tied for 1288th

I’m surprise Conor has so many fans while they have increble people in the sport like Dustin and Justin. Dustin and Justin help people for people who fought Khabib. But to be fair Conor it not the worst guy Khabib fought, Abel Trulhilo the pedofile is

* Edited at 10.22.2020, 11:27 PM ET *

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Joshjeffords
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10.22.2020 | 6:39 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 12 Winners, 0 Perfect, 250 Points   |   Tied for 3402nd

Kob is a minor deity they can't get sick, they also wrestle minotaurs and bears.
 
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10.22.2020 | 8:26 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 12 Winners, 1 Perfect, 405 Points   |   Tied for 2799th

Shut up duck!

* Edited at 10.22.2020, 8:27 PM ET *

CheckLeftHook
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10.23.2020 | 1:08 AM ET

Predictions: 8 of 12 Winners, 5 Perfect, 640 Points   |   Tied for 668th

Khabib first on the scale and makes 155 (with towel)

"vae victis"

CheckLeftHook
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10.23.2020 | 1:10 AM ET

Predictions: 8 of 12 Winners, 5 Perfect, 640 Points   |   Tied for 668th


Whittaker 186

Chandler 155

"vae victis"

CheckLeftHook
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10.23.2020 | 1:20 AM ET

Predictions: 8 of 12 Winners, 5 Perfect, 640 Points   |   Tied for 668th


Gaethje 155lbs

Main event is on boys. Chandler can **** off and keep taking pictures at the beach.

"vae victis"

milfhunter69
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10.23.2020 | 2:37 AM ET

Khabib looks drained af. Gaethje might just pull it off. Make that car crash happen? Plus good take down defense, good reversals, hammer fkin fist. Do I have to separate my DK lineups again to 5050. It was like 90/10 Now I am scared xD
Super Samoan
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10.23.2020 | 7:17 AM ET

Predictions: 8 of 12 Winners, 2 Perfect, 505 Points   |   Tied for 1935th

Finally a good time to start the event. In my area it's midnight, and lately I've been too tired to get up at 6 o'clock on a Sunday, instead I've chosen to sleep. 

* Edited at 10.23.2020, 7:22 AM ET *

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Super Samoan
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10.23.2020 | 7:20 AM ET

Predictions: 8 of 12 Winners, 2 Perfect, 505 Points   |   Tied for 1935th

He always looks like this after the race, usually his condition is even worse, now he is very fresh. 

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10.23.2020 | 7:29 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 9 of 12 Winners, 4 Perfect, 655 Points   |   Tied for 546th

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov, SUB, R3
Gaethje might be the best wrestler among Khabib's opponents but Dagestani wrestling will prevail over American wrestling. For anyone to beat Khabib, they need to train with a wrestler who is similar to Khabib's wrestling style- the ability to wrap up the legs and control the wrist and suffocate you. Gaethje might have done his homework of tape studying but 28 other opponents have tried and failed. And the death of Khabib's father will only give him extra motivation to win and dedicate it to his dad.

Whittaker vs. Cannonier
Jared Cannonier, TKO, R2
Cannonier will move forward, pressure, and that'll make Whittaker to commit mistakes. Whittaker fought Brunson who rushed him with chin wide open, but Cannonier is a calculated and technical with huge power. Again, Whittaker fought Romero twice who is a counter striker, Till who is also a counter striker but Cannonier is gonna be on his face. Bad match up for Whittaker. I can see Whittaker lunging in with wild looping overhand, chin exposed, misses it and Cannonier capitalising it with bombs and establish himself as the true contender for the belt.

Volkov vs. Harris
Walt Harris, TKO, R2
Volkov looked Terrible in shape weighing in at 265 when for his last fight, he weighed in at 247.. Quarantine made volkov not to control his diet.. whereas Walt weighed in at 264 for his last fight but for this fight, he's coming in at 254 and has told in interviews that he has worked on his Cardio issues. Walt via TKO in early 2nd round.

Hawes vs. Malkoun
Phil Hawes, TKO, R1
Why is this even on the main card of a PPV!? 4-0 debutant in UFC directly on the main card of a PPV? Smh

Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba II
Magomed Ankalaev, TKO, R1
Most confident pick of the card.

Struve vs. Tuivasa
Tai Tuivasa, TKO, R1
Tuivasa gonna make a comeback.

Tosh
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10.23.2020 | 7:55 AM ET

on the run

Predictions: 8 of 12 Winners, 2 Perfect, 520 Points   |   Tied for 1803rd

Heard one of the fights is now a catchweight...?

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10.23.2020 | 8:00 AM ET

Predictions: 9 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 575 Points   |   Tied for 1222nd

good morning Tapology!

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10.23.2020 | 8:06 AM ET

catchweight

Predictions: 9 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 575 Points   |   Tied for 1222nd

@ Tosh,   Casey Kenney vs. Nathaniel Wood 

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