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Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and Justin Gaethje stay relaxed in their rooms. Khabib Nurmagomedov chats with Daniel Cormier. Jared Cannonier poses for portraits. Khabib and Gaethje face off at a beachside presser.

Go behind the scenes ahead of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje’s UFC 254 headlining championship unification bout in what many believe is poised to be the UFC Fight of the Year.

NOTE: UFC 254 has a special Main Card start time of 2 pm ET / 11 am PT with the Prelims beginning at 11 am ET / 8 am PT.

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UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje Live Results from Fight Island

UFC 254 Khabib vs Gaethje live results

(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live stats and full results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. Full live results for the first UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje bout from the Flash Forum on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi is scheduled to begin AT A SPECIAL START TIME on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT.)


UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje start times

  • UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje main card start time: 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT on ESPN+ PPV
  • UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje prelims start time: 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT on ESPN+

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UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje live results from Fight Island


UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Fight Island. UFC 254 is the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s final event of a five-week, five-event stint at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi.

UFC President Dana White and Company restarted the professional sports world with UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje on May 9 followed by two more events in Jacksonville, Fla., all within an eight-day span.

UFC 254 features a lightweight title fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim titleholder Justin Gaethje, who will unify their belts. The UFC 254 co-main event pits former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker against No. 3 ranked Jared Cannonier.


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UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje results

UFC 254 Main Card (2 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV)

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Alexander Volkov vs. Walt Harris
  • Jacob Malkoun vs. Phil Hawes
  • Lauren Murphy vs. Liliya Shakirova
  • Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba

UFC 254 Preliminary Card (11 a.m. ET on ESPN+)

  • Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Nathaniel Wood vs. Casey Kenney
  • Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov
  • Da Un Jung vs. Sam Alvey
  • Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick
  • Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev

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UFC 254 weigh-in results: Khabib and Gaethje make championship weight; two fighters miss the mark

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje UFC 254 weigh-in

The UFC’s final event of its second Fight Island stint is set following the late-night (North American time) UFC 254 weigh-in from Abu Dhabi.

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was the first fighter to the scale, stripping down to hit 155 pounds on the nose. He’ll look to unify his belt with that of interim titleholder Justin Gaethje, who also weighed 155 pounds.

Khabib was initially slated to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 earlier this year, but the global coronavirus pandemic scuttled that fight. After Khabib was stuck in lockdown in Russia, Gaethje stepped in and defeated Ferguson for the interim belt at UFC 249 in May.

The UFC 254 co-main event features former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker squaring off with rising contender Jared Cannonier, who is staring at a title shot against current champion Israel Adesanya with a win.

Whittaker weighed in at 186 pounds for the fight, while Cannonier weighed 185 pounds.

Two UFC 254 fighters miss weight

Though Khabib and Gaethje made weight for their headlining bout, two other UFC 254 fighters missed the mark.

Alex Oliveira weighed 173 pounds for his preliminary welterweight bout opposite Shavkat Rakhmonov, who weighed 171 pounds. Oliveira was 2 pounds over the limit for the non-title fight. Oliveira will forfeit a portion of his fight purse to keep the bout on the fight card.

Joel Alvarez, who is slated to open the UFC 254 prelims, missed weight by 3.5 pounds. Alvarez weighed in early during the two-hour window. He will forfeit a portion of his fight purse in order to keep the fight with Alexander Yakovlev intact. Yakovlev weighed 155.5 pounds.

Several UFC 254 alternate fighters make weight

There were several alternate fighters that made weight ahead of Saturday’s bouts.

It was widely known that former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler was inked to be the back-up in case either Khabib or Gaethje couldn’t make it to the cage, which now seems unlikely. Chandler stepped on the scale at 155 pounds.

Sergey Morozov was initially slated to fight Umar Nurmagomedov at UFC 254, but Nurmagomedov was forced out of the fight with a staph infection. Morozov was on hand and made weight as a back-up for the 140-pound catchweight bout between Casey Kenney and Nathaniel Wood. Kenney and Wood both made weight.

Whittaker teammate Isi Fitikefu also weighed in as an alternate at 203.5 pounds. According to MMA Fighting, one of Ion Cutelaba’s cornermen tested positive for COVID-19, so Fitikefu weighed in as a back-up to the UFC 254 main card opener between Magomed Ankalaev and Cutelaba, who both made weight as well.

NOTE: UFC 254 has a special Main Card start time of 2 pm ET / 11 am PT with the Prelims beginning at 11 am ET / 8 am PT.


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UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje weigh-in results

UFC 254 Main card (2 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV)

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov (155) vs. Justin Gaethje (155)
    Michael Chandler (155) – UFC 254 main event back-up fighter
  • Robert Whittaker (186) vs. Jared Cannonier (185)
  • Alexander Volkov (265) vs. Walt Harris (254)
  • Jacob Malkoun (186) vs. Phil Hawes (186)
  • Lauren Murphy (126) vs. Liliya Shakirova (126)
  • Magomed Ankalaev (205.5) vs. Ion Cutelaba (205.5)
    Isi Fitikefu (203.5) – light heavyweight back-up fighter

UFC 254 Prelims (12 p.m. ET on ESPN+, ESPN2)

  • Stefan Struve (265) vs. Tai Tuivasa (265)
  • Nathaniel Wood (140) vs. Casey Kenney (140)
    Sergey Morozov (139.5) – catchweight bout back-up fighter
  • Alex Oliveira (173)* vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (171)
  • Da Un Jung (206) vs. Sam Alvey (206)

UFC 254 Early Prelims (11 a.m. ET on ESPN+)

  • Liana Jojua (126) vs. Miranda Maverick (126)
  • Joel Alvarez (159.5)** vs. Alexander Yakovlev (155.5)

*Oliveira missed weight by 2 pounds.
** Alvarez missed weight by 3.5 pounds.


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UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje weigh-in face-offs video

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje UFC 254 weigh-in faceoff


Watch as the UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje fighters squared off following the official weigh-in, including the main event championship unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.

NOTE: UFC 254 has a special Main Card start time of 2 pm ET / 11 am PT with the Prelims beginning at 11 am ET / 8 am PT.

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UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje weigh-in results

UFC 254 Main card (2 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV)

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov (155) vs. Justin Gaethje (155)
    Michael Chandler (155) – UFC 254 main event back-up fighter
  • Robert Whittaker (186) vs. Jared Cannonier (185)
  • Alexander Volkov (265) vs. Walt Harris (254)
  • Jacob Malkoun (186) vs. Phil Hawes (186)
  • Lauren Murphy (126) vs. Liliya Shakirova (126)
  • Magomed Ankalaev (205.5) vs. Ion Cutelaba (205.5)
    Isi Fitikefu (203.5) – light heavyweight back-up fighter

UFC 254 Prelims (12 p.m. ET on ESPN+, ESPN2)

  • Stefan Struve (265) vs. Tai Tuivasa (265)
  • Nathaniel Wood (140) vs. Casey Kenney (140)
    Sergey Morozov (139.5) – catchweight bout back-up fighter
  • Alex Oliveira (173)* vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (171)
  • Da Un Jung (206) vs. Sam Alvey (206)

UFC 254 Early Prelims (11 a.m. ET on ESPN+)

  • Liana Jojua (126) vs. Miranda Maverick (126)
  • Joel Alvarez (159.5)** vs. Alexander Yakovlev (155.5)

*Oliveira missed weight by 2 pounds.
** Alvarez missed weight by 3.5 pounds.


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Khabib cuts weight with help from his team. Robert Whittaker games as usual. Jared Cannonier and Casey Kenney help one another across weight classes with former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson by their sides. Justin Gaethje pushes himself on the mats.

Go behind the scenes ahead of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje’s UFC 254 headlining championship unification bout in what many believe is poised to be the UFC Fight of the Year.

NOTE: UFC 254 has a special Main Card start time of 2 pm ET / 11 am PT with the Prelims beginning at 11 am ET / 8 am PT.

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Dana White: If Khabib wins, he will surpass Jon Jones as the Pound 4 Pound Best Fighter

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Dana White says that if Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, he will not only be the greatest lightweight fighter in history, but Khabib will surpass Jon Jones as the pound for pound best MMA fighter in the world.

UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

NOTE: UFC 254 has a special Main Card start time of 2 pm ET / 11 am PT with the Prelims beginning at 11 am ET / 8 am PT.

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UFC 254 Weigh-In Results: Khabib/Gaethje Showdown Official

The UFC 254 weigh-ins are complete, and the main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje is official! Also official is the co-main event between Jared Cannonier and Robert Whittaker. In fact, all fighters on the main card successfully made weight. Backup fighter for the main event Michael Chandler also made weight at 155, but […]

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