UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje — Start time, how to watch or stream online and full fight card

That is Khabib Nurmagomedov’s first battle for the reason that dying of his father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

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UFC 254 is simply days away at this level and we could not be any extra excited. On the high of the cardboard, the most important battle of 2020: An absolute barnburner. A light-weight unification contest between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje

From a kinds standpoint, it might be probably the most compelling match-up of the yr.

In a single nook we’ve Nurmagomedov: Probably the most dominant champion in UFC historical past. With a document of 28-0, he is solely misplaced one spherical in his whole MMA profession — in opposition to Conor McGregor at UFC 229 — and has dominated nearly each different second he is been within the octagon.

Within the different nook, presumably his nightmare match-up. Justin Gaethje isn’t just a technical brawler with concrete slabs for arms (and perhaps the perfect leg kicks in MMA) he is additionally a world class wrestler. The consensus is Gaethje has a greater probability than anybody to maintain this battle on the ft 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’d like additional perception into this match-up, you may’t do higher than Inside The Octagon with Dan Hardy. Nice present, nice perception.

If you’d like somewhat extra info on the battle and the backstory main as much as the competition, I like to recommend UFC Countdown. 

UFC 254’s undercard is fairly gentle, apart from one battle: A middleweight contest between former champ Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier. That one might be an absolute banger so do not miss it. Whittaker is among the greatest UFC middleweights ever and Cannonier has been a wrecking ball within the final couple of years. The winner will almost certainly face off in opposition to present champ Israel Adesanya, so tune in.

Tips on how 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 when you’re one of many UFC followers who wish to watch UFC dwell within the US.

Within the US, if you wish to know how one can watch UFC 254, you may solely discover the battle evening on PPV by ESPN Plus. The associated fee construction is a bit complicated, however listed here are the choices to observe UFC on ESPN, in line with ESPN’s site.

  • Current yearly ESPN Plus subscribers can order the upcoming UFC fight for $65
  • Current 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 can 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 value of an ESPN Plus annual subscription on the time of auto-renewal.

You are able to do the entire above on the hyperlink beneath.

MMA followers within the UK can watch UFC 254 exclusively through BT Sport. There are extra choices when you dwell in Australia. You possibly can watch UFC 254 by Foremost Occasion on Foxtel. You can too watch on the UFC website or using its app. You possibly can even order using your PlayStation 4 or utilizing the UFC app on your Xbox One.

Begin time

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 beneath. For these in different areas, the UFC has a great list of start times.


  • The primary 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).


  • The primary 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.


  • The primary 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.

Battle Card

This card is topic to alter. We’ll try to maintain up to date as a lot as potential.

Foremost Card

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje, 
  • Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Alexander Volkov vs. Walt Harris
  • Jacob Malhoun vs. Phil Hawes
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Lauren Murphy
  • Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba


  • Stefan 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

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Mark Serrels