Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Ray Gaethje are about to clash at UFC 254 where Khabib defends his lightweight championship. The Khabib vs Gaethje is set to take place for the main event on UFC 254 fight card and ESPN+ PPV will air this event live. The fight takes place Saturday, October 24th at 10:00 pm ET and Sunday, 25th October at 12:00 pm UAE Standard Time.
What time does it on?
UFC 254 began at 6 pm ET, Saturday, Oct. 24. The main card begins at 10 pm ET.
The Khabib vs Gaethje is live from UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
When and where is the fight?
The UFC 254 main card will begin on Saturday, 10:00 pm ET on October 24th, at Flash Forum, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
What TV channel does it on?
UFC 254 early prelims will start at 6:00 ET and prelims start at 8:00 ET bords are watch on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+. The main card including Khabib vs Gaethje will be shown on ESPN+ PPV.
MMA fight fans are probably aware of Khabib Nurmagomedov and his dominance in the cage. He is a Russian fighter that has a record of 28-0-0. He is considered a feared fighter because it is hard to take him down and finish him off. Ray Gaethje’s fight record is 22-2-0. He lost two of his matches. However, he is considered a world-class wrestler who has an intense ground game on the mat. Both fighters are almost equally matched in fighting skill and ability. Still, we’re going to take a closer look at these warriors and see how they stack up in the cage.
Fight Stats for Gaethje and Khabib
Justin Gaethje is 32 and he is 5-foot 11-inches tall. He weighs in at 155 pounds. He has a 70-inch reach and fights in an orthodox stance. Khabib Nurmagomedov is his junior since he is 31-years-old. Nurmagomedov has a 70-inch reach, fights in an orthodox stance, and is 5-foot 10-inches tall. Both fighter’s stats are almost the same in terms of their physical makeup. However, their fighting styles are different.
Nurmagomedov is a master grappler. He has been trained in various fighting styles such as wrestling, judo, and the Russian fighting style, Sambo. He is also a takedown artist. In other words, he is known for quickly getting his opponents onto the mat where his grappling skills kick in. He also has the ability to strike and keep his opponents in trouble. Nurmagomedov took on opponents such as the legendary Connor McGregor and Dustin Poirier defeating them both.
MMA fighting analysts believes that Nurmagomedov has the advantage in this matchup. Khabib is known as “The Eagle”. He got this name because of his ability to take people down. This is similar to an eagle’s skill of taking their prey and dropping them to the ground for the kill. Nurmagomedov is expected to give Gaethje all sorts of problems because of his superior wrestling and grappling ability.
Now let’s take a look at Gaethje. He is no slouch when it comes to the fight game. This All-American Division-I wrestler is a well-decorated MMA fighter. To top this off, he has a very aggressive form of fighting. Gaethje, surprisingly, doesn’t use his wrestling skills unless he absolutely has to. He relies more on his ability to strike and attack opponents standing up. He takes a lot of punishment this way, but his opponents will often wear themselves out. Once this happens Gaethje unleashes on them until he has gained the victory. His fighting style is totally different and if an opponent is not careful, they can get caught up in this unusual fighting method.
Gaethje could win this fight if he is able to use his wrestling skills to avoid Khabib’s takedown and grappling abilities. However, if he has to get Khabib to the mat to win, he should just take him out early as possible. The fact is that Khabib is just dangerous to have to linger around the ring. He does not want to continue to go back and forth with this fighter.
How to watch
What: Khabib vs Gaethje
When: Saturday, 10:00 pm ET on October 24th
Where: Flash Forum, Yes Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
TV channel: ESPN, ESPN+
Online streaming: ESPN+ PPV (pay-per-view)
To see the Khabib vs Gaethje, you’ll need to subscribe or purchase to ESPN+ pay-per-view. If you’re not already an ESPN+ subscriber, you can purchase a discounted package that includes an annual plan along with UFC 254 with over 30% savings for $84.98.
ESPN+ subscribers can stream the Khabib vs Gaethje via their computer at Watch ESPN, but through apps via the ESPN app, or on a smart device PlayStations, Xbox, Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Samsung Smart TVs.
Las Vegas has different odds of this matchup between Khabib and Justin. However, nearly all those odds have Khabib winning this fight by a wide margin. Gaethje will be the underdog going into this match. Again, if Gaethje can rely on his wrestling ability he just might stand a chance with defeating Khabib.
UFC 254 Fight Card
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje (TITLE FIGHT)
Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier
Alexander Volkov vs Walt Harris
Islam Makhachev vs Rafael dos Anjos
Cynthia Calvillo vs Lauren Murphy
Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cuțelaba
Stefan Struve vs Tai Tuivasa
Jacob Malkoun vs Phil Hawes
Early preliminary card
Umar Nurmagomedov vs Sergey Morozov