It’s been over a 12 months since we final noticed Khabib Nurmagomedov within the UFC cage.
However on Sunday, the 155-pound ruler places his light-weight belt again on the road in opposition to interim champion Justin Gaethje in the principle occasion of UFC 254 on Struggle Island.
Again in Abu Dhabi, the place he defeated Dustin Poirier in September of final 12 months, Nurmagomedov will look so as to add a twenty ninth sufferer to his excellent MMA document when he takes on Gaethje in a combat that holds loads of intrigue.
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Possibly extra so than people who got here earlier than him, Gaethje, who gained interim UFC gold when he outclassed Tony Ferguson in Might, is seen as a real menace to Nurmagomedov’s immortality. A conflict of types that implies an upset — whereas unlikely — will not be fully out of the query means the UFC world will likely be watching with bated breath.
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In the meantime, within the co-main occasion, Australian Robert Whittaker is again on Yas Island for the second time this 12 months.
After overcoming Darren Until in late July, Whittaker returns on Sunday in opposition to Jared Cannonier in a middleweight showdown that can doubtless resolve who 185-pound champion Israel Adesanya fights subsequent.
Whittaker is on a mission to get his belt again, whereas Cannonier, 3-0 at middleweight, is seeking to proceed his fast stand up the division.
Additionally on the principle card, Whittaker’s teammate, Jacob Malkoun, will make his UFC debut in opposition to Phillip Hawes. Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa will tackle Stefan Struve within the prelims.
Right here’s every part you should know forward of UFC 254!
START TIME IN AUSTRALIA
The early prelims on Struggle Island in Abu Dhabi will start at 2.00am (AEST), with the prelims at 3am, and the principle card getting underway at 5am.
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Most important Card
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje — light-weight 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 — girls’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 — gentle heavyweight
Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick — girls’s flyweight
Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev — light-weight