UFC 254 LIVE: Follow all the build-up as Justin Gaethje looks to topple undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi
- UFC 254 main card gets underway in the US at 2pm ET and in the UK at 7pm
- UK viewers can watch on BT Sport Box Office | US viewers on ESPN+
- Latest UFC news, live action and results can be found right here
The wait is almost over as Justin Gaethje gets his opportunity to end Khabib Nurmagomedov’s undefeated fight record and claim the lightweight championship belt at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi.
This will be the first time Khabib hasn’t be cornered by his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomeodv, who passed away in July as the Dagestan fighter looks to reach his father’s goal of 30-0 before potentially retiring.
His American opponent Gaethje will be hoping to avoid being taken down having only spent just 17 seconds on his back when he meets the Russian fighter who has a 50% takedown success rate.
Follow Sportsmail’s Ollie Lewis who will provide live coverage of the fights in Abu Dhabi including post-fight reaction.
Khabib is relentless with his takedowns, but Gaethje has a surprisingly good record in stifling attempts to get him to the mat.
Click HERE for the revealing stats behind the main event.
The lightweight title fight will quite rightly attract all the attention, but there are plenty of intriguing match ups to look forward to tonight, including Robert Whittaker taking on Jarod Cannonier for a shot at Israel Adesanya’s middleweight crown.
Click HERE to read our main card preview.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Justin Gaethje (ic) (lightweight)
Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier (middleweight)
Alexander Volkov vs. Walt Harris (heavyweight)
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba, (light heavyweight)
Jacob Malkoun vs. Phil Hawes, (middleweight)
Stefan Struve vs Tai Tuivasa (heavyweight)
Alex Oliveira vs Shavkat Rakhmonov (welterweight)
Da Un Jung vs Sam Alvey (light Heavyweight)
Nathaniel Wood vs Casey Kenney (catchweight)
Liana Jojua vs Miranda Maverick (flyweight)
Joel Alvarez vs Alexander Yakovlev (lightweight)
Where is it?
The event is being held at the Flash Forum in on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, behind closed doors.
How to watch?
The event will be shown exclusively live at 5pm (7pm main card) on Saturday 24 October on BT Sport Box Office HD and across their digital platforms.
BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the prelims free of charge from 5pm before the pay-per-view main card begins later at 7pm.
UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje costs on BT Sport Box Office and can be ordered today at bt.com/sportboxoffice.
In the US the main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription.
It’s finally here, Khabib Nurmagomedov defends his lightweight title against interim champion Justin Gaethje in just a few short hours at UFC 254.
It’s a slightly earlier start time than usual today, with the main event set to get under way at 10pm BST.
Stay tuned as we provide build up and fight commentary for all the action this evening from Fight Island.
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