Hello, and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje, which comes to you all the way from Fight Island (Yas Island) in Abu Dhabi.
- In the main event of the evening, undisputed lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his 155lb crown against interim titleholder Justin Gaethje.
- Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will look to earn a rematch with Israel Adesanya in the co-main event of the evening against the in-from Jared Cannonier.
- Hard-hitting light-heavyweights Ion Cutelaba and Magomed Ankalaev will finally settle the score at the fourth time of asking, with their long-awaited rematch kicking off the pay-per-view portion of the card.
- Follow all the live-action, results and reaction to the UFC’s blockbuster ninth pay-per-view card of the year below.
Khabib vs Gaethje LIVE – 16:15pm – Short night at the office for Alvarez
Joel Alvarez has just made light work of Alexander Yakovlev, submitting the Russian with a nasty first-round armbar.
The Spaniard will no doubt be delighted with his latest submission triumph. I look forward to seeing what’s next for him.
Khabib vs Gaethje LIVE – 16:10pm – The show is underway!!
Here we go, folks. After months of waiting, UFC 254 is finally underway. I, for one, could well and truly get used to these early shows and not having my sleep pattern destroyed by the late cards.
Kicking things off in Abu Dhabi is a lightweight bout between Joel Alvarez and Alexander Yakovlev. This one should be a cracker.
UFC 254 odds (courtesy of Bet365)
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje – Khabib: 2/7 — Gaethje: 11/4
Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier – Whittaker: 10/11 — Gaethje: 10/11
Alexander Volkov vs Walt Harris – Volkov: 4/7 — Harris: 6/4
Jacob Malkoun vs Phil Hawes – Hawes: 2/5 — Malkoun: 2/1
Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cuțelaba – 3/10 — Cutelaba: 5/2
UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje card fight card
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje – (lightweight title unification bout)
Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier – (middleweight bout)
Alexander Volkov vs Walt Harris – (heavyweight bout)
Jacob Malkoun vs Phil Hawes – (middleweight bout)
Lauren Murphy vs Liliya Shakirova – (women’s flyweight bout)
Magomed Ankalaev vs Ion Cuțelaba – (light-heavyweight bout)
Stefan Struve vs Tai Tuivasa – (heavyweight bout)
Alex Oliveira vs Shavkat Rakhmonov – (welterweight bout)
Da Un Jung vs Sam Alvey – (light-heavyweight bout)
Nathaniel Wood vs Casey Kenney – (catchweight bout – 140lb)
Liana Jojua vs Miranda Maverick – (women’s flyweight bout)
Joel Alvarez vs Alexander Yakovlev – (lightweight bout)