Published On: Sat, Oct 24th, 2020

Khabib vs Gaethje LIVE: UFC 254 results, updates and live stream details from Fight Island | UFC | Sport

Hello, and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje, which comes to you all the way from Fight Island (Yas Island) in Abu Dhabi.

  • In the main event of the evening, undisputed lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his 155lb crown against interim titleholder Justin Gaethje.
  • Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will look to earn a rematch with Israel Adesanya in the co-main event of the evening against the in-from Jared Cannonier.
  • Hard-hitting light-heavyweights Ion Cutelaba and Magomed Ankalaev will finally settle the score at the fourth time of asking, with their long-awaited rematch kicking off the pay-per-view portion of the card.
  • Follow all the live-action, results and reaction to the UFC‘s blockbuster ninth pay-per-view card of the year below.

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Khabib vs Gaethje Live: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje headlines UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi (Image: GETTY)

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 20:20pm – Sick promo alert

The UFC have just dropped an epic trailer for UFC 255: Figueiredo vs Perez. Deiveson Figueiredo, of course, earned the men’s flyweight title with a stunning stoppage victory over Joseph Benavidez earlier this year.

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Khabib vs Gaethje Live: Phil Hawes made a statement in his UFC debut against Jacob Malkoun (Image: GETTY)

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 20:10pm – A short night at the office for Hawes

Phil Hawes has just made a statement by searching Jacob Malkoun in his UFC debut. The Dana White Contenders Series alumni could very well be leaving Fight Island with a $50,000 bonus in his pocket.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 20:01pm – We move to the middleweight division 

Up next is a middleweight clash between Jacob Malkoun and Phil Hawes. I’m unsure about who will win this one, so I’m not gonna make any predictions.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 20:00pm – Conor McGregor makes his prediction for the main event

“He’s going to be on the back foot from the bell,” McGregor said. “Khabib is going to be trembling in there like he always does. He’s the most easily backed up fighter in the game.

“Gaethje will know this and he’ll get low in his stance,” the Irishman continued. “And Gaethje’s style is a style to get in and beat that jab nice and low.

“And while Khabib’s head is in high, come in with a big shot. And he could very well knock him out. Very, very well knock him clean out.

“He’s got good wrestling,” McGregor said of ‘The Highlight’. “Does he have grappling with his wrestling? I do not believe so.

“I believe if Khabib gets him down, I believe it could be over early in the first. I probably favour Khabib. But Gaethje could very well ]knock him out.]”

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Khabib vs Gaethje Live: Lauren Murphy lands a huge left hand on Liliya Shakirova (Image: GETTY)

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 19:52pm – Lauren Murphy’s assault on the flyweight title continues

Lauren Murphy submits with a second-round rear-naked choke. That’s four wins in a row for Murphy. A title shot should, in theory, be her next fight.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 19:35pm – We return to the to the flyweight division

Up next is a 125lb clash between Lauren Murphy and Uzbekistan’s Liliya Shakirova. Murphy is currently riding a three-fight win streak, so a win here could earn her a crack at the winner of Valentina Shevchenko’s title defence against Jennifer Maia.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 19:27pm – The rivalry is over

Magomed Ankalaev has just ended his rivalry with Ion Cutelaba in devastating fashion. A big right hand and a left hook from the Russian floored Cutelaba and the Dagestani didn’t waste the golden opportunity to close the show, unleashing a flurry of ground-and-pound that prompted the referee to call a halt to proceedings.

Ankalaev was, understandably, over the moon to have settled the score, saying: “I wanted to make this statement for a long time. And I finally did it.”

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 19:20pm – Ankalaev vs Cutelaba 2 is finally about to go down

After three failed attempts, Magomed Ankalaev’s rematch with Ion Cutelaba is about to take place. Their first meeting, of course, ended in controversy.

Let’s hope we get a more definitive ending second time around.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 19:10 – A reminder of the main card odds

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje – Khabib: 2/7 — Gaethje: 11/4

Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier – Whittaker: 10/11 — Gaethje: 10/11

Alexander Volkov vs Walt Harris – Volkov: 4/7 — Harris: 6/4

Jacob Malkoun vs Phil Hawes – Hawes: 2/5 — Malkoun: 2/1

Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cuțelaba – 3/10 — Cutelaba: 5/2

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 19:00 – Main card time

Okay, folks. That concludes the prelim portion of UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje. The main card will shortly be upon us.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 18:45pm – Bam Bam is back

Tai Tuivasa certainly made the most of his second chance in the UFC, stopping Stefan Struve in the first round. He’s over the moon to be back in the win column.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 18:37pm – Heavyweights on deck

A heavyweight showdown between Stefan Struve and Tai Tuivasa is up next. Tuivasa will be looking to make a statement against the ‘Skyscraper’ after being released and re-signed by the promotion.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 18:30pm – That was ‘Fight of the Night’ for sure

As promised, Nathaniel Wood vs Casey Kenney delivered in spades. I had it one round a piece going into the final round, which I feel Casey took with his change in approach.

The judges agreed, awarding the Indian native a unanimous decision victory with 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 scorecards.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 18:20pm – This is a fire fight, folks. 

This is an absolute barnburner, folks. Both men came out swinging early doors and had success with their power shots, with Wood’s lead left hook landing often in the first round.

Kenney has taken the second round, in my opinion, so it could be all to fight for in the third and final stanza.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 18:10pm – Nathaniel’s pre-fight prediction

“I see myself winning by TKO or knockout in the second round,” the Cage Warriors alumni said. “I think in the first round, he’s going to come out very aggressive and think he can stand with me.

“And in the second, I’m going to start to pick him apart and finish the fight.”

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Khabib vs Gaethje Live: Shavkat Rakhmonov submits Alex Oliveira (Image: GETTY)

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 18:00pm – Prospect time

London’s Nathaniel Wood is about to throw down with former Tachi Palace Fights flyweight champion Casey Kenney.

This fight will be a catchweight bout as former Cage Warrior’s bantamweight king Wood accepted the fight on three weeks’ notice.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 17:50pm – Cowboy gets lassoed

Shavkat Rakhmonov has just made a statement by submitting Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira with a first-round guillotine. 

The Kazakh, who is now 13-0, has well and truly put the welterweight division on notice with that victory.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 17:40pm – We move to the welterweight division

Up next is a welterweight bout between the always entertaining Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira and UFC newcomer Shavkat Rakhmonov. Oliveira fights never disappoint, so expect fireworks, folks.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 17:35pm – What a fight that was

Somehow, Sam Alvey managed to survive hell-storm from Da Un Jung to make it to the judge’s scorecards. And like myself, all three judges scored the contest as split draw.

I, for one, would happily watch these two dance again. 

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 17:25pm – Jung starting to take over

Da Un Jung began to take control in the second round, in which he continued to stalk a retreating Sam Alvey. That dance continued in the third, in which Jung began to unload with his strikes and dropped Alvey with a nasty elbow.

Alvey is in big trouble in this round and needs to put his foot to the pedal to prevent being finished.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 17:14pm – A close first round

Both men had their moments in the first round, although Jung lead the dance and landed the heavier shots

He did, however, eat a big right hand with two minutes of the round remaining. That shot, for me, has swung the round in Alvey’s favour.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 17:00pm – Fight Pass Prelims are over

The UFC Fight Pass portion of the prelims are over. Up next is a light-heavyweight bout between Da Un Jung and Sam Alvey.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 16:44pm – What a debut from Maverick

Amanda Maverick has arrived in the UFC. The former Invicta standout has just made a statement in her UFC debut, stopping Liana Jojua via first round TKO.

Maverick was getting the better of the exchanges throughout the contest and opened up a nasty cut on Jojua with a beautifully-placed lead elbow that left Georgian a bloody mess.

Jojua made it to the end of the second round, but the referee wisely called a halt to the contest after seeing the horrific nature of the cut she suffered.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 16:38pm – Okay, now we’re actually underway

After a longer than expected intermission, Jojua and Maverick is finally underway. As expected, these ladies are trading heavy leather early, with Maverick getting the better of the exchanges so far.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live – 16:25pm – We move to the flyweight division

Up next is a women’s flyweight bout between Liana Jojua and Miranda Maverick, the latter of whom will be making her promotional debut.

Maverick was victorious in her last outing, defeating former UFC star Pearl Gonzalez via unanimous decision at Invicta 39.

Khabib vs Gaethje LIVE – 16:15pm – Short night at the office for Alvarez

Joel Alvarez has just made light work of Alexander Yakovlev, submitting the Russian with a nasty first-round armbar.

The Spaniard will no doubt be delighted with his latest submission triumph. I look forward to seeing what’s next for him.

Khabib vs Gaethje LIVE – 16:10pm – The show is underway!!

Here we go, folks. After months of waiting, UFC 254 is finally underway. I, for one, could well and truly get used to these early shows and not having my sleep pattern destroyed by the late cards.

Kicking things off in Abu Dhabi is a lightweight bout between Joel Alvarez and Alexander Yakovlev. This one should be a cracker.

Khabib vs Gaethje Live

Khabib vs Gaethje Live: Joel Alvarez submits Alexander Yakovlev with a slick armbar (Image: GETTY)

UFC 254 odds (courtesy of Bet365)

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje – Khabib: 2/7 — Gaethje: 11/4

Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier – Whittaker: 10/11 — Gaethje: 10/11

Alexander Volkov vs Walt Harris – Volkov: 4/7 — Harris: 6/4

Jacob Malkoun vs Phil Hawes – Hawes: 2/5 — Malkoun: 2/1

Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cuțelaba – 3/10 — Cutelaba: 5/2

Khabib vs Gaethje Live

Khabib vs Gaethje Live: UFC takes place at the Flash Forum in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (Image: GETTY)

UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje card fight card

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje – (lightweight title unification bout)

Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier – (middleweight bout)

Alexander Volkov vs Walt Harris – (heavyweight bout)

Jacob Malkoun vs Phil Hawes – (middleweight bout)

Lauren Murphy vs Liliya Shakirova – (women’s flyweight bout)

Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cuțelaba – (light-heavyweight bout)

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Khabib vs Gaethje Live: The official UFC 254 poster (Image: UFC)


Stefan Struve vs Tai Tuivasa – (heavyweight bout)

Alex Oliveira vs Shavkat Rakhmonov – (welterweight bout)

Da Un Jung vs Sam Alvey – (light-heavyweight bout)

Nathaniel Wood vs Casey Kenney – (catchweight bout – 140lb)

Liana Jojua vs Miranda Maverick – (women’s flyweight bout)

Joel Alvarez vs Alexander Yakovlev – (lightweight bout)

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