UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje



Main Card

Lightweight Championship

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Justin Gaethje via Technical Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:34 R2


Robert Whittaker defeated Jared Cannonier via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


Alexander Volkov defeated Walt Harris via TKO (Body Kick and Punches) at 1:15 R2


Phil Hawes defeated Jacob Malkoun via KO (Punches) at 0:18 R1

Women's Flyweight

Lauren Murphy defeated Liliya Shakirova via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:31 R2

Light Heavyweight

Magomed Ankalaev defeated Ion Cuțelaba via KO (Punches) at 4:19 R1

Preliminary Card (ESPN2)


Tai Tuivasa defeated Stefan Struve via TKO (Punches) at 4:59 R1

Catchweight (140 lb.)

Casey Kenney defeated Nathaniel Wood via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Catchweight (173 lb.)

Shavkat Rakhmonov defeated Alex Oliveira via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:40 R1

Light Heavyweight

Da Un Jung fought Sam Alvey to a Split Draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)

Preliminary Card (ESPN+)

Women's Flyweight

Miranda Maverick defeated Liana Jojua via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 5:00 R1


Joel Álvarez defeated Alexander Yakovlev via Submission (Armbar) at 3:00 R1
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Initial thought is that Khabib should handle Gaethje easily. Trying to factor in the fact he has been off for a year and his family issues I think it is reasonable to say that Justin could hang with him for a while. We'll see if Justin finally decides to use some of his wrestling or tries to bang the whole time.
Hoping Whittaker can find his mojo again and get back on track, if he can drag Cannonier into the later rounds I think he will be fine. Can't blink with Volkov or Harris. On the undercard, all I want to see is Struve go for a standing guillotine and Sam Alvey to get a win and think about retiring.


My fight picks...

Khabib - W (8-3)
Whittaker - W (7-3)
Harris - L (6-3)
Hawes - W (6-2)
Murphy - W (5-2)
Ankalaev - W (4-2)
Tuivasa - W (3-2)
Kenney - W (2-2)
Oliveira - L (1-2)
Maverick - W (1-1)
Yakovlev - L (0-1)

Underdog picks for this one: Whittaker, Harris, Tuivasa and Yakovlev
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Just pure domination from Khabib who announced his retirement post-fight. The very definition of going out on top. I don't think he lost a single round in his 29 fight career.