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07.09.2020 | 1:44 PM ET

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UFC 254
Bout   Info
Khabib Nurmagomedov   vs.   Justin Gaethje   Confirmed   5 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Robert Whittaker   vs.   Jared Cannonier   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Alexander Volkov   vs.   Walt Harris   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Phil Hawes   vs.   Jacob Malkoun   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Lauren Murphy   vs.   Liliya Shakirova   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Magomed Ankalaev   vs.   Ion Cutelaba   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Stefan Struve   vs.   Tai Tuivasa   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Casey Kenney   vs.   Nathaniel Wood   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Alex Oliveira   vs.   Shavkat Rakhmonov   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Da Un Jung   vs.   Sam Alvey   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Liana Jojua   vs.   Miranda Maverick   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page
Joel Alvarez   vs.   Alexander Yakovlev   Confirmed   3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bout Page

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10.18.2020 | 4:44 AM ET

Prediction Comments

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Whittaker vs. Cannonier
Robert Whittaker, DEC
Yeah

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10.18.2020 | 8:43 AM ET


Umar fell ill, Khabib's fight was in jeopardy.


⚡ The fight between Umar Nurmagomedov and Sergei Morozov was canceled as Umar was hospitalized with the flu in Dubai. The UFC is now looking for an opponent for Sergei Morozov. This situation jeopardizes Khabib's fight against Gaethje, as Umar was part of Khabib's training camp.


Source: https://twitter.com/DenisGeykoMMA

* Edited at 10.18.2020, 12:12 PM ET *

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10.18.2020 | 12:41 PM ET

Umar hospitalized with staff

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Yea that's too bad was looking forward to watching his debut in the UFC. 

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10.18.2020 | 4:16 PM ET

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Umar nurmagomedov
2020.10.18 6:49 PM ET

bout status update

Nurmagomedov vs. Morozov Changed from Confirmed to Cancelled
Sergey morozov hs
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10.18.2020 | 6:55 PM ET

Prediction Comments

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Whittaker vs. Cannonier
Jared Cannonier, TKO, R2
I love Whittaker, but after Jared moved to MW he's been my pick to get to the title shot with all KO's. Whittaker can beat him but it'll have to be through distance control and speed. Rob cannot afford to get touched and he'll have to be on point with everything he does, because if he doesn't get put out with one shot then Jared will do the rest himself as he's shown very good killer instinct. I think Rob will have to just spam his jab and set up his head kicks, then try to wrestle Jared when he gives the openings up from Whittaker making him miss or after Jared swings big. But at the end of the day it's a fist fight and Rob will get hit, and I think despite all the strategy and skills in play the factor of "**** you" power that Jared posses will cancel it out. Uppercut or right straight, KO 2nd round.

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Lauren murphy hs
2020.10.18 7:06 PM ET

bout announced

Lauren Murphy vs. Liliya Shakirova at 125 lbs (56.7 kg)
Liliya shakirova hs
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10.18.2020 | 8:00 PM ET

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There is only one Cowboy in my book. I think this Shavkat guy is hungry, If he doesnt have the UFC jitters he might be able to get a dec or even a finish. He has a good ground game and heavy hands.
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10.19.2020 | 12:07 AM ET

Kenney Vs Wood

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I'm not sure why you guys are so surprised Wood is an underdog, Kenney is a SAVAGE!

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10.19.2020 | 12:19 AM ET

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^ Agreed. I have Kenney.

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10.19.2020 | 12:56 AM ET

Prediction Comments

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Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov, SUB, R4
I have a ****** feeling that Justin will gas faster but we will see.

Whittaker vs. Cannonier
Jared Cannonier, TKO, R2
Rob will have to come closer after those low kicks, it's not gonna end nicely for him.

Hawes vs. Malkoun
Phil Hawes, TKO, R1
I love this fight and it's almost 50-50. Phil can just be too powerful in stand-up and wrestling but Malkoun has a technical jab, better cardio and also nice BJJ. Jacob's head movement isn't the best but like I said it's a close fight tho

Murphy vs. Shakirova
Lauren Murphy, DEC
Probably fast or 3rd TKO but I hope Shakirova is really really tough

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10.19.2020 | 1:41 AM ET

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A question for anyone picking Gaeche to win, What does Gaeche have, Techniqe or atribute wise that is better then Conor, beside Cardio, Legitimate question 

Edit: talking about 1st  and 2nd round Conor, not 3rd round Conor because Khabib won the 1st and **** him up  2nd  round  when he wasn't tired

* Edited at 10.19.2020, 1:54 AM ET *

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10.19.2020 | 4:46 AM ET

Prediction Comments

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Whittaker vs. Cannonier
Robert Whittaker, DEC
Whittaker is better all-around fighter and better mover, Cannonier hasn’t been truly tested so far

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10.19.2020 | 8:53 AM ET

No Mercy!

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And..  still..   29-0   is my prediction!

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10.19.2020 | 12:46 PM ET

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Khabib bodies Justin
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10.19.2020 | 12:53 PM ET

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justin has more power  and kicks from in close.   conor is precision and speed.
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10.19.2020 | 1:29 PM ET

Prediction Comments

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Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov, TKO, R2
KHABIB TIME!

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10.19.2020 | 1:35 PM ET

Prediction Comments

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Whittaker vs. Cannonier
Robert Whittaker, DEC
Never getting against Bobby Knuckles

Volkov vs. Harris
Alexander Volkov, DEC
Volkov seems to be better

Murphy vs. Shakirova
Liliya Shakirova, SUB, R2
Unexpected

Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba II
Magomed Ankalaev, TKO, R2
Nth time is the charm

Struve vs. Tuivasa
Tai Tuivasa, TKO, R1
Younger guy

Oliveira vs. Rakhmonov
Shavkat Rakhmonov, TKO, R1
Unexpected

Jung vs. Alvey
Da Un Jung, TKO, R3
Jung

Jojua vs. Maverick
Liana Jojua, SUB, R2
Sub for the cutie

Kenney vs. Wood
Casey Kenney, DEC
31 is peak

Alvarez vs. Yakovlev
Joel Alvarez, DEC
Safe bet per odds

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10.19.2020 | 1:40 PM ET

Prediction Comments

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Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Justin Gaethje, TKO, R4
Are you guys ready to see Khabib tired for the first time? Rocked for the first time? Are you ready for blood? also @damien Gaethje* has better offensive and defensive wrestling than Conor

Whittaker vs. Cannonier
Robert Whittaker, DEC
Gotta go with my boy bobby knucks, but Cannonier could put anyone out.

Volkov vs. Harris
Alexander Volkov, DEC
Harris has a puncher's chance but Volkov is going to be too long and pick him apart.

Murphy vs. Shakirova
Lauren Murphy, DEC
Shakirova looks like a badass from what I've found on youtube, but Murphy is a level above her.

Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba II
Magomed Ankalaev, TKO, R1
No playing possum this time, Cutelaba is going to sleep for realsies.

Struve vs. Tuivasa
Stefan Struve, SUB, R1
I'm guessing this match is a loser-leaves-town sort of deal, and I think Tuivasa is in the UFC on borrowed time. Unless he has greatly improved in the time off he is getting taken down and submitted. Struve's BJJ is hugely underrated for some reason, even though he has 18 submission victories

Oliveira vs. Rakhmonov
Shavkat Rakhmonov, TKO, R2
Cowboy is as gritty of a veteran as you could ask for, but I think Rakhmonov is up to the task.

Jung vs. Alvey
Da Un Jung, TKO, R1
Alvey needs to retire. Nobody is smilin' anymore.

Jojua vs. Maverick
Miranda Maverick, DEC
Jojua has never faced a southpaw, and maverick has been improving a lot from one fight to the next. The betting line is waaaaaay off though, Jojua could lock up an armbar or triangle from nowhere.

Kenney vs. Wood
Casey Kenney, DEC
Wood's stats look slightly better on mmaformguide, but I think that's more because Kenney has fought tougher competition and Dvalishvili royally ****** up his grappling stats.

Alvarez vs. Yakovlev
Joel Alvarez, SUB, R1
Alvarez choked out a guy who was 24-8 in his fourth pro fight, what an animal!

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10.19.2020 | 2:21 PM ET

Gambling Picks

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Anyone else agree Joel Alvarez is the safest bet?

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10.19.2020 | 2:48 PM ET

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I think so, but at the same time he had issues with a can named Danillo Belluardo before scoring a come-from-behind finish. Yakovlev does put his neck in a lot of danger when he grapples, and he's very clearly slowing down. Best advise would be to exercise caution, but a bet on Alvarez by sub should be the way to go.
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10.19.2020 | 3:13 PM ET

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