We’re so near this unimaginable most important occasion. Cannot wait.
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UFC 254 is now simply hours away. Except a number of stragglers, the fighters have made weight and we’re good to go. On the prime of the cardboard is arguably the most important struggle of 2020: An entire banger in each sense of the phrase. A light-weight unification contest between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
From a types standpoint, it may very well be probably the most compelling match-up of the yr.
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In a single nook we’ve Nurmagomedov: Essentially the most dominant champion in UFC historical past. With a report of 28-0, he is solely misplaced one spherical in his complete MMA profession — in opposition to Conor McGregor at UFC 229 — and has dominated virtually each different second he is been within the octagon.
Within the different nook, probably his nightmare match-up. Justin Gaethje isn’t just a technical brawler with concrete slabs for arms (and possibly one of the best leg kicks in MMA) he is additionally a world class wrestler. The consensus is Gaethje has a greater probability than anybody to maintain this struggle on the toes and out of Nurmagomedov’s consolation zone — who likes to take opponent down and wreck them with floor and pound until they’re sapped of life and vitality. If you would like additional perception into this match-up, you’ll be able to’t do higher than Inside The Octagon with Dan Hardy. Nice present, nice perception.
If you would like a bit extra data on the struggle and the backstory main as much as the competition, I like to recommend UFC Countdown.
UFC 254’s undercard is fairly gentle, except for one struggle: A middleweight contest between former champ Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier. That one shall be an absolute banger so do not miss it. Whittaker is among the finest UFC middleweights ever and Cannonier has been a wrecking ball within the final couple of years. The winner will more than likely face off in opposition to present champ Israel Adesanya, so tune in.
The way to watch UFC 254
This yr the UFC entered a brand new partnership with ESPN. That is nice information for the UFC and the growth of the game of MMA, however dangerous information for client alternative. Particularly should you’re one of many UFC followers who wish to watch UFC dwell within the US.
Within the US, if you wish to know the way to watch UFC 254, you will solely discover the struggle night time on PPV via ESPN Plus. The price construction is a bit complicated, however listed here are the choices to observe UFC on ESPN, in response to ESPN’s website.
Present yearly ESPN Plus subscribers can order the upcoming UFC struggle for $65. Present month-to-month ESPN Plus subscribers will be capable to both improve to an annual plan and purchase UFC PPV for $85 or buy the power to observe the UFC occasion on PPV for $65 by itself.New ESPN Plus subscribers should purchase a bundle of 1 UFC PPV occasion (streaming in HD) and an ESPN Plus annual recurring subscription for $85. The ESPN Plus annual ESPN subscription will auto-renew after one yr, on the worth of an ESPN Plus annual subscription on the time of auto-renewal.
You are able to do the entire above on the hyperlink under.
MMA followers within the UK can watch UFC 254 solely via BT Sport. There are extra choices should you dwell in Australia. You may watch UFC 254 via Major Occasion on Foxtel. You can too watch on the UFC web site or utilizing its app. You may even order utilizing your PlayStation 4 or utilizing the UFC app in your Xbox One.
This can be a bizarre one. Usually UFC occasions have the identical begin instances, this time spherical it is completely topsy turvy so pay shut consideration to the instances under. For these in different areas, the UFC has an ideal checklist of begin instances.
USThe most important card begins Oct. 24, 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).The prelims begin Oct. 24, 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT).The early prelims begin Oct. 24, 10.15 a.m. ET (7.15 a.m. PT).UKThe most important card begins Oct. 24, 7 p.m. BST.The prelims begin Oct. 24, 5 p.m. BST.The early prelims begin Oct 24, 3.15 BST.AustraliaThe most important card begins Oct. 25, 5 a.m. AEDT.The prelims begin Oct. 25, Three a.m. AEDT.The early prelims begin Oct. 25, 1.15 a.m. AEDT.Struggle Card
This card is topic to vary. We’ll attempt to maintain up to date as a lot as attainable.
Major CardKhabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje, Robert Whittaker vs. Jared CannonierAlexander Volkov vs. Walt HarrisJacob Malhoun vs. Phil HawesCynthia Calvillo vs. Lauren MurphyMagomed Ankalaev vs. Ion CutelabaPrelimsStefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa Nathaniel Wooden vs. Casey Kenney Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rahkmonov Da-un Ung vs. Sam Alvey Early Prelims Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev