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UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje

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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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phillip53
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09.16.2020 | 6:05 PM ET

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

arent you supposed to be in the usada testing pool for 6 months before you can fight? unless you are brock lesnar of course.

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09.16.2020 | 6:13 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 670 Points   |   Tied for 430th

I dont think all the new guys from minor league are in USA before signing

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09.16.2020 | 6:28 PM ET

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

 Or at least allowed to compete before results or testing made evident.

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09.17.2020 | 12:57 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 12 Winners, 2 Perfect, 480 Points   |   Tied for 2223rd

Michael Chandler signs with the UFC will be the back up fighter for Khabib/Gaethje fight

* Edited at 09.17.2020, 1:03 PM ET *

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09.17.2020 | 1:12 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 12 Winners, 1 Perfect, 600 Points   |   Tied for 950th

hahaha what a ******* joke. Goes from supposedly fighting Tony to a title fight back up for his potential first UFC fight....... Chandler must be able to suck a golf ball through a garden hose to be pulling this kind of **** off 

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09.17.2020 | 2:55 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 12 Winners, 1 Perfect, 600 Points   |   Tied for 950th

Prelims start at 10:15 Am eastern time and Main card starts at 2 PM eastern time. this is gonna be weird. 

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09.17.2020 | 4:29 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 670 Points   |   Tied for 430th

Khabib probably sell so much in muslim country and in russia that they change the time sacrificing some north american west coast viewer.

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09.17.2020 | 4:35 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 12 Winners, 1 Perfect, 600 Points   |   Tied for 950th

they said UFC 242 did 26 million in russian views alone. If that is the case then yea its a no brainer to accommodate their time. 

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09.17.2020 | 4:37 PM ET

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

These guys⬆️ know what's up.
HiDefff
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09.17.2020 | 4:52 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 12 Winners, 1 Perfect, 600 Points   |   Tied for 950th

Its still fine for me IDC what time they start. If i wake my dumbass up at 3am to watch Volkov fight Greg Hardy than i think i can make due for this one 

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09.17.2020 | 5:26 PM ET

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



doesn't derseve Khabib or Gaeche staight away , Look at this fight like a year ago in bellator, If u get sleept in Bellator , You maybe not top 15 in UFC , and ******* Dana We want to see Tony fight again vs Khabib because he was on a 13 fight win streak but bitter Dana is salty that Tony suports Dustin getting paid what he is due and Chandler will fight for breadcrumbs

* Edited at 09.17.2020, 5:37 PM ET *

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09.17.2020 | 5:36 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 12 Winners, 1 Perfect, 600 Points   |   Tied for 950th

for what its worth Damien I don't believe it for a minute that he's the back up. Just yesterday the world was convinced he was fighting Tony. 

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09.17.2020 | 6:54 PM ET

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

nobody has put forth the possibility of justin winning. then what? we get a tony/justin rematch? i think khabib beats justin but how would tony deserve a rematch? justin put a serious beatdown on tony.

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09.17.2020 | 6:56 PM ET

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

Absolutely nothing about the first fight or the shellacking Justin put on Tony warrants a rematch.

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09.17.2020 | 8:18 PM ET

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

Two weight cuts back to back and it still took Justin four rounds to get it done. Hopefully Tony pulls down his pants and says his balls are hot after his next win. Also khabib the chicken nurmagomedov dodged Tony and let Justin do his work for him. Chicken **** probably planned it that way.
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09.17.2020 | 9:44 PM ET

Predictions: 10 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 670 Points   |   Tied for 430th

You say that like Tony had been stopped before. Gaethje dismantling him was way more telling than a quick finish.
phillip53
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09.17.2020 | 10:12 PM ET

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

yeah free, im sure khabib let justin win. tony ****** up by fighting justin instead of waiting for khabib. i can see tony not getting a shot at khabib at all now. if khabib beats justin he has one more fight to make his 30-0 and retires. unless dana can salvage the dustin/tony fight and tony wins, i dont see khabibs last fight being tony.

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09.17.2020 | 10:30 PM ET

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

I wish Tony had never taken the fight, and all I can do is hope UFC pays it forward some day if whoever is champ at the time is scheduled for a bout and their opponent pulls. Or they just fast track him to a title shot.

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09.17.2020 | 10:41 PM ET

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

yeah, i kinda agree i would rather be watching tony/khabib this time. but justin laid out the blueprint for beating tony. stay patient, dont engage in the chaos that tony loves and thrives on and just pick him apart. it might be harder for tony to win fights from now on.

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09.17.2020 | 10:53 PM ET

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

lol

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