A lightweight unification showdown headlines the next pay-per-view card on Fight Island
Khabib Nurmagomedov has established himself as one of the most dominant forces in the UFC since making his Octagon debut in 2012. On Saturday, Oct. 24, in the main event of UFC 254, Nurmagomedov will face one of the stiffest challenges of his career in the form of Justin Gaethje as he puts his lightweight championship on the line against the reigning interim titleholder.
Nurmagomedov has been out of action since his September 2019 stoppage of Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi. The champ was scheduled to face Tony Ferguson — a sixth time attempting to get the two in the Octagon together — in May, but travel restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic made it impossible for Nurmagomedov to make it to the event. In stepped Gaethje, who held out for his shot at a title fight and delivered in kind with a tremendous performance against Ferguson to claim the interim strap.
In the co-main event, middleweights Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier will battle in a fight that carries potential title implications. Whittaker defeated Darren Till in his most recent fight, a victory that helped him rebound from losing the middleweight championship to Israel Adesanya. UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Cannonier will get a shot at Adesanya and the championship if he defeats Whittaker. A victory would give Cannonier a fourth straight victory since dropping to the middleweight division.
It’s going to be a busy week of fight coverage in Abu Dhabi. Stay tuned to this page for the latest news, odds and updates surrounding UFC 254, as well as our feature content on the main event fighters. Below is the complete fight card with odds provided by William Hill Sportsbook.
UFC 254 fight card, odds:
- Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) -330 vs. Justin Gaethje (ic) +260, lightweight title
- Jared Cannonier -120 vs. Robert Whittaker +100, middleweights
- Alexander Volkov -160 vs. Walt Harris +135, heavyweights
- Phillip Hawes -280 vs. Jacob Malkoun +230, middleweights
- Lauren Murphy -240 vs. Liliya Shakirova +200, women’s flyweights
- Magomed Ankalaev -270 vs. Ion Cutelaba +220, light heavyweights
- Stefan Struve -115 vs. Tai Tuivasa -105, heavyweights
- Alex Oliveira -165 vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov +140, welterweights
- Da-Un Jung -360 vs. Sam Alvey +280, light heavyweights
- Casey Kenney -195 vs. Nathaniel Wood +165, catchweights
- Miranda Maverick -360 vs. Liana Jojua +280, women’s flyweights
- Joel Alvarez -195 vs. Alexander Yakovlev +165, lightweights
UFC 254 info:
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 24
- Location: Flash Forum — Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
- Start time: 2 p.m. ET (Main card) | noon ET (prelims)
- How to watch: ESPN+ PPV (main card) | ESPN 2 (prelims)
- Live stream: (Watch Live)
UFC 254 countdown:
- Campbell: Gaethje’s transformation to champion nearly complete
- Gaethje aims to “ruin the day” of Khabib, White, others in main event.