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UFC 254 Live Stream, Fights and Prediction

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UFC 254 is another stunner of a event which headlines with the Khabib VS Gaethje fight on October 24, 2020. It is an upcoming MMA event produced by the UFC that will take place at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

A UFC Lightweight Championship unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje will serve as the event headliner. The fight was briefly a part of UFC 253, but instead takes place five weeks later.

A middleweight fight between former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier was initially scheduled to take place in UFC 248. But Whittaker pulled out earlier due to personal reasons and the pairing has now been rescheduled for this event.

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How to Live Stream UFC 254?

In the USA, the live coverage of the event will feature under the network of ESPN Channels and ESPN+ will be the online platform for live streaming.

BT Sport is the official broadcaster of UFC for this season in the UK.

BELL have owned the rights to broadcast UFC fights in Canada for this year.

The UFC Fight Pass is available for subscription in the official UFC website and it will enable the fans and viewers worldwide to live stream the event.

Additionally, bet365.com also offers live streaming option for its customers who are actively betting on any of the fights that are featured in the UFC 254.

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UFC 254 Fight Card

Main Card

Khabib Nurmagomedov VS Justin Gaethje

Robert Whittaker VS Jared Cannonier

Alexander Volkov VS Walt Harris

Cynthia Calvillo VS Lauren Murphy

Magomed Ankalaev VS Ion Cutelaba

PRELIMINARY CARD

Stefan Struve VS Tai Tuivasa

Jacob Malkoun VS Phil Hawes

Alex Oliveira VS Shavkat Rakhmonov

Da-un Jung VS Sam Alvey

Umar Nurmagomedov VS Sergey Morozof

Liana Jojua VS Miranda Maverick

Nathaniel Wood VS Casey Kenney

Joel Alvarez VS Alexander Yakovlev

UFC 254 Fights

Khabib Nurmagomedov VS Justin Gaethje

Right from fighting a bear as a child in Dagestan, Khabib Nurmagomedov has made it to the summit of the UFC’s lightweight division on his own. On his next UFC headliner bout against Justin Gaethje on October 24, Khabib enters the fight without the blessings of his beloved father for the first time in his career. Unfortunately, Nurmagomedov Sr. passed away following complications with pneumonia in the last summer.

No doubt that the Russian’s legendary father’s demise will affect Khabib’s performance at UFC 254. And it could potentially give Gaethje the edge, but Khabib has always been a model professional. Apart from the champ’s emotional state, he is undoubtedly one of the hardest trainers in the sport. Surely he would approach this fight with greater desire to make his father proud but there has to be something more than that.

Actually, Justin Gaethje possesses the power to cause the Champion trouble and he is an extremely dangerous fighter. Despite boasting ridiculous stoppage power, his leg kicks can cause serious problems for the Russian. Considering his NCAA Division I wrestling caliber, the American rarely uses his offensive wrestling although his takedown defense is excellent. But that alone won’t be enough to prevent the Russian from winning this fight.

As expected, the champion is just from a different league and Gaethje shouldn’t be able to deal with his relentless takedowns. Apparently, he must be gassing out and should possibly succumb to Khabib’s incredible strength on the ground.

Robert Whittaker VS Jared Cannonier

Jared Cannonier – the “Killa Gorilla” has enjoyed a perfect start to his middleweight career in the UFC. He is surely a dangerous man boasting 3 stoppage wins from his last 3 fights and the 36-year-old is the next big thing at middleweight. But to beat Robert Whittaker, a guy seven years younger than him who has just one loss in 11 fights, is quite a challenge. A guy that ruled the middleweight division up until two fights back.

Whittaker had a record of 1-3 from 4 fights and his TKO of Jack Hermansson was surely a great fight which displayed his strengths. Although the Gorilla cannot be slept on inside the Octagon, but Whittaker still has the style to destroy him from range. Since he is well-rounded enough to deal with what the Texan throws at him, he should be able to overpower him to a unanimous decision victory.

As a matter of fact, a win here for either guy could earn them a shot against Israel Adesanya and that should be enough to brighten their UFC careers.

Alexander Volkov VS Walt Harris

Until recently, the Russian puncher was flying on a run of 4 straight wins in the UFC. But that streak came to an end when Derrick Lewis stopped him in the final seconds of their fight at UFC 229. However, Alexander Volkov made his comeback with a win over Greg Hardy, but later suffered a decision loss to Curtis Blaydes in June.

Harris comes off a loss to Alistair Overeem in May, which was the bruiser’s first appearance in the UFC since the horrific death of his stepdaughter in late 2019. Before that, Harris was 2-0 with stoppage wins over Sergey Spivak and Aleksei Oleinik and if he can work his way inside the Russian’s jab, he could pull off a stoppage.

But this is a good matchup between two guys who are very close to cracking the top 5 and Volkov is smart enough to keep the fight where he needs it towards a decision win on the cards.

Cynthia Calvillo VS Lauren Murphy

Cynthia Calvillo made a huge impact through her flyweight debut with a clear decision victory over Jessica Eye in June. Since the former strawweight takes a record of 9-1-1 into her fight with the tough Lauren Murphy, she will see her as a beatable opponent. But if Calvillo should do it, she could lift herself to the status of being the number one contender for Valentina Shevchenko’s crown.

As for Murphy, she is coming off a decision win over Roxanne Modafferi which has taken her to 3-0 in the UFC. Evidently, these two fighters are real grinders and they will certainly put on a great show for the fans. Calvillo seems to be a better mixed martial artist of the two, but she will have to work very hard to keep Murphy at bay.

Magomed Ankalaev VS Ion Cutelaba

At UFC Fight Night 169, Magomed Ankalaev was initially expected to have all kinds of problems when he met Ion Cutelaba in that fight. As both men were going straight at it, things did eventually calm down but then both men clashed in a flurry of chaotic exchanges. Anyways it ended with Ankalaev winning the fight by stoppage and Cutelaba was pretending to be stunned to draw Ankalaev in and it got over.

There was a problem with the stoppage and Dana White clearly saw it and so he put this one together for UFC 254. It had initially been penciled in for UFC 252, only for health concerns to see it scrapped. The first fight was just a trailer, but Ankalaev’s striking is much better than what he used to do back then. Definitely he should be able to take what Cutelaba throws at him and Ankalaev can win by decision in a fight that once seemed so unpredictable.

Stefan Struve VS Tai Tuivasa

The night will feature another heavyweight fight on the card which will see Stefan Struve looking to improve his 1-4 record against Tai Tuivasa. Since Struve posing a 13-10 in MMA, fights for the first time after being stopped by Ben Rothwell in December, it could be great to watch him. As a matter of fact, the Dutchman was expected to leave the sport in 2019 but he then signed a 6 fight deal with the UFC.

His opponent for the night, Tuivasa is looking to get back in the win column after a 3 fight skid. Despite winning the first 3 fights of his UFC career, the Australian lost the last 3 against Junior dos Santos, Blagoy Ivanov and Sergey Spivak. However, Struve is a tall and long striker who doesn’t deal well with pressure and Tuivasa could take advantage by increasing the heat and possibly take him out.

Jacob Malkoun VS Phil Hawes

Jacob Malkoun is going against Phil Hawes in UFC 254 and he makes his first appearance in the UFC after recording a 4-0 record in professional MMA. Obviously, the middleweight is a great talent but will have to work hard to keep Phil Hawes, quiet for the entire night.

But Hawes doesn’t have to worry that much as he is coming off an impressive finish over Khadzhimurad Bestaev in September. The win marked his 4th straight finish and he will probably make it 5 out of 5 on Fight Island with this fight.

Alex Oliveira VS Shavkat Rakhmonov

The Shavkat Rakhmonov VS Alex Oliveira bout will be a part of the welterweight bouts at the UFC 254. As Rakhmonov is unbeaten in the last 12 fights after earning stoppages in every single one, he makes his UFC debut with a solid record. Alex Oliveira is a good fighter but Rakhmonov is the underdog for this fight and he really has what it takes to surprise Oliveira.

Da-un Jung VS Sam Alvey

Da-un Jung faces Sam Alvey at the UFC 254 and the South Korean is on a 12-fight streak which comprises of stoppage wins over Khadis Ibragimov and Mike Rodriguez in his two UFC bouts to date. Despite being an accomplished striker with a dangerous submission game, the South Korean star can knock Sam Alvey out much early in their fight.

Umar Nurmagomedov VS Sergey Morozof

Umar Nurmagomedov is another Russian fighter who will look to follow his world-famous cousin onto the path of UFC glory. The bantamweight debutant will have to face a tough test in the form of Sergey Morozov, but he has already won heart and looks confident of this matchup against the Kazakh.

All said, Mozorov should never be underestimated and also the unbeaten Russian should get his first win under the UFC banner. A strong and athletic fighter, he should easily nullify Mozorov’s striking game and obviously look for a submission to finish him off.

Liana Jojua VS Miranda Maverick

Liana Jojua has had some experience at the Fight Island setup after having submitted to Diana Belbita back in July. But the Georgian lost her UFC debut to Sarah Moras on the undercard of Khabib VS Poirier, which also went down in the UAE.

Whereas Maverick is an Invicta FC Flyweight Grand Prix winner in 2019 and she makes her UFC debut on the night. A super athletic fighter with a great arsenal of moves, she could effortlessly frustrate Jojua to grab a unanimous decision win.

Nathaniel Wood VS Casey Kenney

A perfectly balanced UFC matchmaking is depicted clearly in the Casey Kenney VS Nathaniel Wood fight that will feature in the preliminary card of UFC 254. With two bantamweights measuring up very well, Wood is the more exciting fighter and Kenny is the more measured of the pair.

Undoubtedly, Wood would be looking for the finish and that won’t come easy. If he enters the fight looking for the stoppage, this could put him in a position where he runs out of steam in the 2nd round. From there, Kenney will do the rest which should be enough to take the win on the cards.

Joel Alvarez VS Alexander Yakovlev

Alvarez makes his return to the Octagon after an impressive 1st round submission off Joe Duffy in July. It was his 2nd win in a row in the UFC following a ground and pound finish of Danilo Belluardo the previous month. But he lost his UFC debut against Damir Ismagulov and he would be looking to comeback and put that further back with a win over Yakovlev.

Since the Russian veteran is coming off a decision loss to Roosevelt Roberts in November 2019, he will last as long against Alvarez and he could surprise by pushing for a submission.

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