UFC 254 – Khabib vs Gaethje LIVE RESULTS: UK start time, stream, TV channel, prelims, full fight card for TODAY – The Sun

UFC 254 – Khabib vs Gaethje LIVE RESULTS: UK start time, stream, TV channel, prelims, full fight card for TODAY – The Sun

October 24, 2020

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV returns to the Octagon TODAY to face Justin Gaethje in a huge title clash at UFC 254.

The Russian won a submission victory over Dustin Poirier last time out while Gaethje actually replaced Khabib in a bout with Tony Ferguson and scored a shock win at UFC 249 in May.

  • Times: Early prelims from 3.15pm BST, prelims 5pm and main card 7pm (2pm EST)
  • Expect the main event of Khabib vs Gaethje around 10pm BST
  • Khabib's UFC Lightweight title on the line
  • TV/ live stream:  BT Sports Box Office (UK)/ ESPN+ (US)
  • Listen: Live on talkSPORT 1 from 8pm

Follow ALL of the action below…

  • James Orr

    'I'M GONNA TRY AND BREAK HIS FACE'

    Gaethje, who chucked his interim title at the head-to-head this week, is going into the bout full of confidence.

    He said: “I'm gonna try and break his face.

    “I am prepared and you can bet your bottom dollar I will not go out like no b****!”

  • James Orr

    'I'M GOING TO FINISH HIM IN ROUND 4'

    Khabib said ahead of tonight: “I'm going to try wrestling with him. If he's going to defend my takedown one time, I'm going to try a second, third. I'm gonna try 100 times. And of course I'm going to box with him, I'm going to kick with him.

    “He's going to be kickboxing and wrestling, a mix. I'm going to make him tired.

    “This is my goal. And maybe in round number 3, round number 4, my plan is finish him.”

  • James Orr

    WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

    Khabib Nurmagomedov to win 1/3

    Justin Gaethje to win 29/10

    Odds via Oddschecker.com

  • James Orr

    FULL FIGHT CARD FOR TODAY

  • James Orr

    Main card (from 7pm BST/ 2pm EST)

    • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje (UFC Lightweight Championship)
    • Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier (Middleweight – co-main)
    • Alexander Volkov vs Walt Harris (Heavyweight)
    • Islam Makhachev vs Rafael dos Anjos (Lightweight)
    • Cynthia Calvillo vs Lauren Murphy (Women's Flyweight)
    • Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cutelaba (Light Heavyweight)

    Preliminary card (from 5pm BST/ 12pm EST)

    • Stefan Struve vs Tai Tuivasa (Heavyweight)
    • Jacob Malkoun vs Phil Hawes (Middleweight)
    • Alex Oliveira vs Shavkat Rakhmonov (Welterweight)
    • Jung Da Un vs Sam Alvey (Light Heavyweight)

    FULL FIGHT CARD

    Early prelims (from 3.15pm BST/ 10.15am EST)

    • Liana Jojua vs Miranda Maverick (Women's Flyweight)
    • Nathaniel Wood vs Casey Kenney (Catchweight)
    • Joel Alvarez vs Alexander Yakovlev (Lightweight)

    ON YOUR MARKS

    Your timings for this evening at Fight Island..

    • The early prelims will begin at 3.15pm BST, that is 10.15am EST in the US, and 6.15pm over in Abu Dhabi.
    • The prelims gets underway at 5pm BST.
    • Then the main card starts at 7pm BST, with the main event of Khabib vs Gaethje expected around 10pm

    TALE OF THE TAPE

    How the fighters compare for the HUGE main event tonight…

    WELCOME ABOARD

    UFC 254 is FINALLY here as Khabib Nurmagomedov defends his UFC lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

    Russian ace Khabib, 32, has his first fight since September 2019, while Gaethje heads into the main event on the back of a stunning victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in May.

    Tonight’s fight will also be Khabib’s first since the death of his father and trainer Abdulmanap in July.

    UFC president Dana White says that a win this evening will put Khabib among the greatest to ever set foot in the Octagon.

    White said: “Khabib's a big superstar. But if he beats Justin, he's on his way to GOAT status.

    “He's looking down the barrel of not only being the greatest to ever do it in this division but being the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”

    Though the American Gaethje, 31, is going into the fight full of confidence, with experts suggesting a far closer fight than the bookmakers.

    Gaethje said: “”I'm gonna go out there and I'm gonna try and break his face, I promise you.

    “I am prepared and you can bet your bottom dollar I will not go out like no b****!”

    Robert Whittaker takes on Jared Cannonier in the night’s co-main event, in a match-up that will be closely watched by UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya.

    We'll be bringing you all of the latest from Fight Island right here.

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