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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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Tieoken
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10.14.2020 | 9:46 AM ET

Predictions: 7 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 505 Points   |   Tied for 1985th

No bookie on the planet has Khabib at -140 lol. If they did I'd be dropping that line my own damn self. Khabib is fluctuating between -300 and -320

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10.14.2020 | 3:33 PM ET

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

@duck khabib has no chance I'll give you 
khabib +400 all day long. 
What's your credit card number?
Amettxpc
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10.14.2020 | 7:38 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 6 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 440 Points   |   Tied for 2585th

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov, SUB, R3
Justin Gaethje is an excellent striker, he has a good background in wrestling (NCAA Division I). But I don't think he has enough BJJ to defend against Khabib's submission attempts. Gaethje will be very competitive in the first round but once he is tased down cardio will not be the same during the fight.

Whittaker vs. Cannonier
Robert Whittaker, DEC
Killa Gorilla is very dangerous on the stand and because Robert's chin is not the same as in 2017. However, Whittaker beat Uriah Hall, Derek Brunson, Darren Till, Yoel Romero (twice), All those dangerous strikers succumbed to the excellent gameplan and Fight IQ shown by Whittaker.

Volkov vs. Harris
Alexander Volkov, DEC
Harris is explosive and powerful, but Volkov is a great kickboxer who throws a lot of punches and kicks. Volkov wins by unanimous decision

Calvillo vs. Murphy
Cynthia Calvillo, SUB, R2
Unlucky matchup for Lauren Murphy

Struve vs. Tuivasa
Tai Tuivasa, TKO, R1
Tuivasa doesn't have a very good takedown defense, he '' won '' tight vs. Arlovski and his other victories came against less qualified opponents. For his part, Struve has a long reach, but he also has a weak jaw. Probably if he gets the takedown Struve ensures a victory for D'Arce Choke, but he will most likely be knocked out in the first round against Bam Bam '' Tuivasa.

Kenney vs. Wood
Nathaniel Wood, DEC
Savage matchup, I predict a Slugfest. I choose Wood because I feel more confident on feet, good takedown and excellent submission game. Kanney had an excellent performance in his last fight, but the quick return and the completeness of Wood are the ingredients of victory for the Englishman.

Oliveira vs. Rakhmonov
Alex Oliveira, DEC
I pick Cowboy Oliveira for his experience in the UFC: 11-6 (1 NC) in 18 fights inside the octagon.

* Edited at 10.14.2020, 7:39 PM ET *

DamienHandel420
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10.15.2020 | 7:20 PM ET

The Duck Parley of the week

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

The Parley I will probley recomend for this card is Khabib and Calvillo if you can get good odds on it. Because like i said a million time now but Khabib is never lossing and Calvillio is one of 3 women flyweight who I actully think are good fighter, The others being Valintina and Andrade, Might be a bold claim but I know what im seeing .

* Edited at 10.15.2020, 7:22 PM ET *

"The Duck Must shut up- Bazic"

Cynthia calvillo
2020.10.15 7:48 PM ET

bout status update

Calvillo vs. Murphy Changed from Confirmed to Cancelled
Lauren murphy hs
CheckLeftHook
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10.15.2020 | 8:07 PM ET

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

I think people will cheer that....

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HiDefff
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10.15.2020 | 9:41 PM ET

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

wait til you see who she's fighting instead. Liliya Shakirova 

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HiDefff
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10.15.2020 | 9:42 PM ET

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

Oh Btw Duck you need a new parlay now 

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TWJake
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10.15.2020 | 11:47 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 12 Winners, 1 Perfect, 330 Points   |   Tied for 3166th

who the **** is that

"I really do think MMA is the combat sport of the 21st century, it's pretty obvious, you look at boxing matches, and there are still some good ones. But overall, MMA is the place to be" -Donald Trump

CheckLeftHook
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10.15.2020 | 11:51 PM ET

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

right, CAN you believe it

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DamienHandel420
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10.16.2020 | 12:13 AM ET

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

Cynthia got the Rona and I'm felling a little better because Jenifer Maia getting a title shot over Cynthia was a bad decsion as Jenifer Maia make the former worst title chalenger Chookagain look good. Cynthia would at lest give Valitina a fight, Legimate question can anyone name a worst title chalenger then all the women Valintina have fought

edit:  i ment in the  UFC

* Edited at 10.16.2020, 12:16 AM ET *

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TWJake
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10.16.2020 | 12:13 AM ET

Predictions: 5 of 12 Winners, 1 Perfect, 330 Points   |   Tied for 3166th

Could you imagine if Dan hooker fought some unsigned nobody? ******* wmma

"I really do think MMA is the combat sport of the 21st century, it's pretty obvious, you look at boxing matches, and there are still some good ones. But overall, MMA is the place to be" -Donald Trump

TWJake
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10.16.2020 | 12:14 AM ET

Predictions: 5 of 12 Winners, 1 Perfect, 330 Points   |   Tied for 3166th

@duxk Arlene Blenchowe
Edit: Yana Kunktskaya, Karolina Kowalcawicz, Brian Ortega (#****brianortega)

* Edited at 10.16.2020, 12:20 AM ET *

"I really do think MMA is the combat sport of the 21st century, it's pretty obvious, you look at boxing matches, and there are still some good ones. But overall, MMA is the place to be" -Donald Trump

CheckLeftHook
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10.16.2020 | 12:20 AM ET

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

@DamienHandel420 if Roxanne managed to get a shot I guess?

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10.16.2020 | 6:42 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 8 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 540 Points   |   Tied for 1611th

Oliveira vs. Rakhmonov
Alex Oliveira, DEC
Cowboy Oliveira is such a fun fighter to watch. A few years ago, I was still convinced he could run through the entire division, but I think he is to wild and violent for his own good. If he can’t destroy his opponent in the first two rounds, he is done... He should still win a lot of fights outside the top 10 tho.

Tieoken
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10.16.2020 | 9:46 AM ET

Predictions: 7 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 505 Points   |   Tied for 1985th

I think Nathaniel Wood is the best value play since Julian Erosa this year. Can’t believe he’s creeping towards 2.8 when this should be a pick em fight. Also, here’s my hot take of 2020, “Nathaniel Wood has better wrestling than Merab.”

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10.16.2020 | 10:03 AM ET

Predictions: 7 of 12 Winners, 3 Perfect, 490 Points   |   Tied for 2129th

Beautiful showing here against a top

I see here is a difference in heart, Jack comes out strong, empties his gas tank. Cannonier and his corner realize Jack is ducking his head when going for half assed body lock, catches him with an uppercut. Jack does not have that pure fighter ability, he gets hit and doesn't like it. 

For a fighter with such good ground game, if he can't get the take down he is lost. You can tell in this fight he was done when he came in for that 2nd round. 

* Edited at 10.16.2020, 10:04 AM ET *

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TWJake
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10.16.2020 | 12:09 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 12 Winners, 1 Perfect, 330 Points   |   Tied for 3166th

Nathaniel wood is a +165 dog?? ***??

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HiDefff
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10.16.2020 | 3:50 PM ET

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

@TWJAKE from the looks of her profile picture shes related to Adam Sandler somehow possibly his little brother 

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ConorBlessP12
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10.16.2020 | 9:30 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 2 of 8 Winners, 1 Perfect, 125 Points   |   Tied for 3643rd

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Justin Gaethje, TKO, R3
Gay cheese sparks that rat out cold

Taylor_335
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10.17.2020 | 11:08 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 7 Winners, 2 Perfect, 355 Points   |   Tied for 3061st

Lauren Murphy vs Liliya Shakirova added to the Main Card

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