UFC 254 Predictions: Khabib vs. Gaethje

UFC 254 is finally upon us. Fortunately for us all, we will have to wait less than usual for this pay-per-view to kick off. The early start time (2 PM ET for the main card) will deliver a Christmas-morning feel, with the gift of arguably the best lightweight fight of all time waiting to be […]

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Leon Edwards Responds To Being Removed From Rankings, Calls Out Chimaev

Leon Edwards was officially removed from the UFC rankings due to inactivity yesterday. He had been ranked #3 in the welterweight division. Edwards hasn’t fought since July of 2019. He is also on an 8-fight winning streak dating back to a late-2015 decision loss to Kamaru Usman. Edwards took to Twitter to comment on his […]

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UFC Looking At Tony Ferguson vs Michael Chandler To Determine Top LW Contender

UFC President Dana White is looking at the idea of booking Tony Ferguson vs Michael Chandler with the winner being the next to face the UFC lightweight champion. Should Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defend his title against interim champion Justin Gaethje this weekend, he would then be in a position to face a contender he’s hasn’t […]

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One of the more highly anticipated championship affairs in recent memory is now official for Saturday.

UFC 254 ‘Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

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Casey Kenney eyeing second win in a month at UFC 254 then another quick return

In his second bout of the year, bantamweight Casey Kenney might not have been able to get the finish against Heili Alateng at UFC Fight Night on Oct. 3, but he’s nonetheless pleased in picking up a unanimous decision victory.

With his win over Alateng, Kenney has won four of his five UFC fights, and more importantly came out virtually unblemished in the fight, leaving him able to return rather quickly.

“Besides getting the finish, that’s about as good of a performance as you can get; fighting 15 minutes, putting on a masterpiece really, and not taking a whole lot of damage,” Kenney told MMAWeekly.com.

“I expected a little more of an MMA fight with (Alateng), but what I was doing was working so I didn’t really need to switch it up.”

Because he was healthy, Kenney was able to jump on an opportunity to fight just a couple weeks after his win over Alateng.

“This one popped up and I jumped on it, but I had it in my goals to get a quick turnaround,” said Kenney. “This was definitely the quick turnaround I was looking for.

“I had about 10 days before we started the trip (to Fight Island) again. I pretty much feel ready from the last fight. My cardio was good in the last one, so just keeping everything sharp and making sure everything was acting right and staying healthy. I’m ready to do it again.”

Saturday on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, Kenney (15-2-1) will look for his second win in a month when he takes on Nate Wood (17-4) in a preliminary 140-pound bout at UFC 254.

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“He’s a tough opponent, well-rounded everywhere, but I think I’m just a little bit better,” Kenney said of Wood. “He’s an up and coming prospect, and it’s going to be a tough fight, but I’m ready to showcase what level I’m really on and I think I put him away at some point in the fight.”

Should Kenney once again come out of a fight healthy, he’ll be looking to get back into the octagon again soon, with an eye towards a year end bout in December.

“If they want to give me another one before the end of the year let’s do it,” said Kenney. “I see on Dec. 12 (at UFC 256) they have a bantamweight title fight, and that would be a good date for me to get back on it again.

“Whatever happens, happens, but I’m eyeing that Dec. 12 card for now.”

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Dana White: Khabib vs. Gaethje trending to be biggest UFC event ever

Dana White UFC 254 beach Best Year Ever

While many sports leagues are struggling through a 2020 struck by the coronavirus pandemic, the UFC continues to trend upward.

UFC president Dana White has consistently said that this is going to be the promotion’s best year yet. He is now saying that UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje is trending to be the promotion’s biggest single event yet.

“Do I think (UFC 254) is going to do over 2 million (pay-per-view buys)? I have no idea, but I can tell you this, the data is telling us it will,” White said at a recent scrum on Fight Island.

UFC 254 features undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov looking to unify his belt with that of interim titleholder Justin Gaethje. The interim title was created when Khabib was unable to compete at UFC 249 in May, the promotion’s first event after a nearly global shutdown.

With Khabib at home in Russia and unable to compete at UFC 249, Gaethje stepped in to face Tony Ferguson for the interim designation. He won, but refused to put on the belt and call himself the champ until he beats Khabib.

Gaethje will get that opportunity on Fight Island on Saturday. Evidently, sports fans around the world want to find out if he can do it.

White insists the data indicates that fans are going to watch in record numbers. He added that UFC 254 has already generated more than 23 billion impressions worldwide; a good indicator that interest actually is at record levels.

It’s a trend that White and the UFC have seen follow since they restarted the professional sports world back in May.

“Since the pandemic started, you would have never dreamed we’d have pulled the numbers we have on the other pay-per-views with the fights that we had. Everything is trending (up) for us right now. Other sports are going (down) with their ratings, our ratings continue to go up,” said White. 

“It’s weird because this whole pandemic thing has been really good for the sport. If you look at the numbers that we’ve continued to pull and the stars that we’ve already started to build through the pandemic, it’s pretty fascinating.

“It’s been an incredible run. It’s been fun. And we’ll see how this thing plays out and what’s in store for 2021.”

One thing that White and everyone else hopes for is a safe return for fans to live events. The UFC and others have operated primarily without audiences in attendance.

White has indicated that he doesn’t want to have fans in attendance until he can do it full strength, but only time will tell if and when that happens.

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