The biggest fight of the year is here! At UFC 254 the current reigning defending UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will look to defend his title against the interim champion Justin Gaethje.
Both the fighters present unique challenges in from of each other. Khabib Nurmagomeov is one of the most dominant champions in the game and he will be facing the most violent fighter in the most violent sports that is Gaethje. ‘Styles make matchups’ and this is an intriguing fight as both of these fighters have different fighting approaches.
In the Co-main event, Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will make a quick turn around and fight Jared Cannonier at UFC 254. The winner of the fight will probably be the No.1 contender to fight for the title and will fight UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya shortly.
UFC 254 Khabib vs Gaethje Early Prelims
Men’s Catchweight bout: JOEL ALVAREZ DEFEATS ALEXANDER YAKOVLEV
Joel Alvarez makes Alexander Yakovlev tap in the first round.
Women’s Flyweight bout: MAVERICK DEFEATS JOJUA
Jojua’s corner couldn’t stop the bleeding from her nose and the referee called an end to the bout. Maverick wins by first-round TKO.
UFC 254 Khabib vs Gaethje Preliminary card
Men’s light-heavyweight: JUNG DRAWS WITH ALVEY
All judges score the fight 29-28 28-29, 28-28
Men’s catchweight bout: RAKHMONOV DEFEATS OLIVEIRA
Shavkat Rakhmonov def. Alex Oliveira via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:40
Men’s catchweight bout: KENNEY DEFEATS WOOD
Casey Kenney def. Nathaniel Wood via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Men’s Heavyweight: TAI TUIVASA DEFEATS STEFAN STRUVE
Tai Tuivasa def. Stefan Struve via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:59. Tuivasa blasts Struve with a huge uppercut that knocks him out cold!
UFC 254 MAIN CARD
Men’s light-heavyweight: MAGOMED ANKALAEV DEFEATS ION CUTELABA
Magomed Ankalaev def. Ion Cutelaba via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:19. Ankalaev Drops Cutelaba with an amazing combo and finishes him with ground punches.
Women’s flyweight: LAUREN MURPHY DEFEATS LILIYA SHAKIROVA
Lauren Murphy def. Liliya Shakirova via Rear naked choke in round 2. Murphy takes Shakirova down and takes her back before applying a rear-naked choke.
Men’s middleweight: PHIL HAWES DEFEATS JACOB MALKOUN
Phil Hawes def. Jacob Malkoun via Knockout in round 1 (18sec). Hawes clips Jacob behind the hear and then knocks him out some brutal shots.
Men’s heavyweight: ALEXANDER VOLKOV DEFEATS WALT HARRIS
Alexander Volkov def. Walt Harris by TKO in round 2. Volkov landed a kick to the ribs that made Harris back up and fall down.
Men’s middleweight: ROBERT WHITTAKER DEFEATS JARED CANNONIER
Robert Whittaker def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision. Whittaker deserved the win, he was better in two of those three rounds according to the judges, who give scores of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.
Men’s Lightweight: KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV DEFEATS JUSTIN GAETHJE
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Justin Gaethje via submission (triangle choke) in 2nd round. Khabib has broken down in tears on the floor, after absolutely dismantling his opponent Justin Gaethje. He is truly the best fighter in the world.
Khabib Nurmagomedov also announces his retirement.