We’ve had to wait, but Khabib Nurmagomedov is back to defend his lightweight crown at UFC 254 on Sunday (AEDT).
It’s been over a year since the 155-pound king dealt handily with Dustin Poirier. This time, it’s Justin Gaethje who will try and do what 28 men have failed to do before him.
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Riding a four-fight win streak, Gaethje, the interim champion, has some believing he can pull off the upset. Nurmagomedov is somewhat accustomed to squashing challengers, though.
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Meanwhile, in the co-main event, Australian Robert Whittaker will face Jared Cannonier in a fight that will likely decide who gets middleweight champion Israel Adesanya next.
Whittaker’s teammate, Jacob Malkoun, makes his UFC debut on the main card, while Aussie heavyweight Tai Tuivasa features on the prelims.
START TIME IN AUSTRALIA
The early prelims on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi will begin at 2.00am (AEST), with the prelims at 3am, and the main card getting underway at 5am.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje — lightweight title
Robert Whittaker (1) vs. Jared Cannonier (2) — middleweight
Alexander Volkov (7) vs. Walt Harris (10) — heavyweight
Jacob Malkoun vs. Phillip Hawes — middleweight
Lauren Murphy (5) vs. Liliya Shakirova — women’s flyweight
Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa — heavyweight
Nathaniel Woods vs. Casey Kenney — catchweight
Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov — welterweight
Da-un Jung vs. Sam Alvey — light heavyweight
Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick — women’s flyweight
Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev — lightweight
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