UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje – Main Card Preview

UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje – Main Card Preview

Main Card Preview UFC 254:

UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje will take place on October 24, 2020, at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Khabib will look to defend his UFC title against Justin Gaethje in a fight Island classic for the ages. The co-main event features former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker taking on rising top contender Jared Cannonier.

The 3 Fights To Look Forward To;

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje

Khabib Nurmagomedov defends his UFC lightweight title at UFC 254 with an incredible unbeaten record of 28-0. He is a formidable champion and the most dominant fighter in MMA history, but this is incredibly only his third title defence.

UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov is looking to remain undefeated – Justin Gaethje has other plans – Who Will Win?

He won the belt in a unanimous decision over Al Iaquinta and then defeated Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier in his most recent title defences via submission. Khabib has faced some of the toughest strikers lightweight can offer.. all except one. Justin Gaethje.

Khabib vs Gaethje
Khabib vs Gaethje – Tale of the Tape

Justin Gaethje’s style provides pure violence and all action. He is well known for slinging leather until either him or his opponent fall. This style has led Justin to fight bonuses in all of his UFC contests. Gaethje’s ruthless approach to fighting and lack of care for taking punishment was always going to catch up to him.

Against Poirer and Alvarez he fell short, but noticeably inflicted an enormous amount of damage on his two opponents and these losses taught Justin what he needed to do next. What we saw next was efficient knockouts of opponents leading to a clinical performance against Tony Ferguson when finally it all came together and Justin looked a complete fighter.

He could well provide the biggest threat of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s career. Make sure to tune in this Saturday to see if Khabib can go to 29-0.

Robert Whittaker vs Jarod Cannonier

The winner, especially if Cannonier wins, would most likely be next in line for a shot at Israel Adesanya.

Robert Whittaker vs Jarod Cannonier
Robert Whittaker vs Jarod Cannonier

Whittaker’s comes into this after a decision verdict over Darren Till, meanwhile, Cannonier has looked unstoppable when finishing recent opponents. Whittaker has undoubtedly the better record and has proven himself to be world-class, but is he shopworn?

Whittaker has historically struggled with technical strikers with linear punches and the ability to counter his bursts, getting finished by both Stephen Wonderboy Thompson and more recently Israel Adesanya. Cannonier has that patient style and arguably even more power than the two opponents that stopped Whittaker.

This could be the coming-out party for Cannonier or Whittaker’s time to remind everyone why he is a former world champion.

Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cuțelaba

In the first contest between these two, it started as it finished, it was clear that Ankalaev was the more polished striker and he certainly stung Cutelaba who had to resort to acting hurt, to try bait Ankalaev to step into the pocket.

Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba
Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba

The fight was prematurely stopped and they face off again this weekend. Wildman Cutelaba will have to look to enforce a similar pressurising style if he is to get Ankalaev to engage in a fistfight again. This fight starts off the PPV portion of the card and for good reason because this has fireworks written all over it.

UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje Main Card

Khabib Nurmagomedov (C) v Justin Gaethje (IC) – Lightweight

Robert Whittaker v Jared Cannonier – Middleweight

Alexander Volkov v Walt Harris – Heavyweight

Jacob Malkoun v Phillip Hawes – Middleweight

Lauren Murphy v Liliya Shakirova – Women’s flyweight

Magomed Ankalaev v Ion Cutelaba – Light heavyweight

UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje Prelims

Stefan Struve v Tai Tuivasa – Heavyweight

Alex Oliveira v Shavkat Rakhmonov – Welterweight

Da-un Jung v Sam Alvey – Light heavyweight

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