Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is locked and loaded for the upcoming UFC 254 pay-per-view (PPV) occasion, which takes place inside Flash Forum on Yas Island — also called “Fight Island” — in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), TODAY (Sat., Oct. 24, 2020) streaming live by way of ESPN+. The championship principal occasion will characteristic reigning light-weight kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov defending his 155-pound strap in opposition to interim titleholder Justin Gaethje. UFC 254 additionally hosts the middleweight showdown between former champion Robert Whittaker and surging power-puncher Jared Cannonier, who collide for a shot on the 185-pound strap, at present held by undefeated placing sensation Israel Adesanya.
MMAmania.com will ship LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow protection of your complete UFC 254 combat card under, beginning with the ESPN+ “Prelims” matches on-line, that are scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. ET, then the remaining undercard stability on ESPN+/ESPN2 at 12 p.m. ET, earlier than the PPV principal card begin time at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Keep in thoughts that we are going to even be the spot for the newest information, recaps, and post-fight evaluation following “Khabib vs. Gaethje.” Without additional delay, see under for the newest UFC 254 outcomes. (Note: This will go from the underside up; due to this fact, scroll towards the underside for the newest detailed round-by-round motion.)
UFC 254 QUICK RESULTS:
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje — Nurmagomedov def. Gaethje by submission (triangle choke) at 1:34 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier — Whittaker def. Cannonier by unanimous choice (29-28 x3)
Walt Harris vs. Alexander Volkov — Volkov def. Harris by TKO (physique kick and punches) at 1:15 of Round Two
Phil Hawes vs. Jacob Malkoun — Hawes def. Malkoun by KO (punches) at 0:18 of Round One
Lauren Murphy vs. Liliya Shakirova — Murphy def. Shakirova by submission (rear bare choke) at 3:31 of Round Two
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba — Ankalaev def. Cutelaba by KO (punches) at 4:19 of Round One
Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa — Tuivasa def. Struve by TKO (punches) at 4:59 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Casey Kenney vs. Nathaniel Wood — Kenney def. Wood by unanimous choice (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov — Rakhmonov def. Oliveira by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:40 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Sam Alvey vs. Da Un Jung — Split draw (28-29, 29-28, 28-28)
Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick — Maverick def. Jojua by TKO (minimize) at 5:00 of Round One
Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev — Alvarez def. Yakovlev by submission (armbar) at 3:00 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
UFC 254 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
155 lbs.: UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. UFC Interim Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje
Round 1: Nurmagomedov circling to begin. Low kick from Gaethje. Aborts the following kick. One minute in. Gaethje inside low kick and so they commerce proper arms. Nurmagomedov whiffs on an uppercut and Gaethje scurries away from teh fence. Low kick connects for Gaethje, Nurmagomedov unable to tie up. Lead proper from Gaethje, left hooks fall brief two minutes in. Good 1-2 from Nurmagomedov, who eats a swatting proper hand in return. Nurmagomedov physique kick and jab. Running knee try. Leg kick from Gaethje. Two minutes to go.
Gaethje tries a head kick, takes a physique shot. 1-2 from Nurmagomedov, flying knee try. Stiff jab and low kick from Nurmagomedov. Gaethje leg kick, eats a proper hand in return. Big proper hand and left hook by Gaethje. One minute to go. Another heavy leg kick. Overhand proper. Nurmavomedov lead proper and physique kick, eats a left hook and low kick. Nurmagomedov completes a double-leg in opposition to the fence. Full mount and he seems to be for an armbar, unable to separate Gaethje’s arms. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.
Round 2: Nurmagomedov persevering with to press ahead, eats a left hook and lands a leg kick. Another left hook from Gaethje, denies a degree change. Hard leg kick seems to sting Nurmagomedov. One minute in. Two extra low kicks, however Nurmagomedov occasions one for a takedown into mount. Mounted triangle and he goes to his again to cinch it up. Gaethje faucets, however the ref fails to see it, leaving him unconscious by the point Nurmagomedov releases him.
Final consequence: Nurmagomedov def. Gaethje by submission (triangle choke)
185 lbs.: Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier
Round 1: Hard low kick from Cannonier to begin. Jab from Whittaker. They commerce low kicks and each males slip in sequence. Whittaker tries a head kick. One minute in. Whittaker lands a jab, tries one other head kick. Low kick alternate. More low kicks by Cannonier. Counter left catches Cannonier leaping in. Two minutes in. Whittaker simply misses with a head kick, then rattles Cannonier with a straight proper. Low kick, jabs. Cannonier leg kick met with jabs. Two minutes to go.
Whittaker tries a 1-2-3. Jab connects, Cannonier solutions with a leg kick. More jabs from the previous champ. One minute to go. Cannonier with a counter proper. Whittaker tries a head kick. Cannonier with some good physique kicks. 10-9 Whittaker.
Round 2: Whittaker tries to reply a low kick with a mixture. Continuing to fireplace his jab. Cannonier standing southpaw and so they commerce physique kicks. Head kick blocked, brief uppercut by Whittaker a minute in. More leg kicks by Cannonier. Whittaker proper cross. More jabs, 1-2 after taking a low kick. Cannonier with a two-piece two minutes in. Body kick from Whittaker. They commerce within the middle. More stiff jabs by Whittaker, then a straight proper behind it. Cannonier leaning on the kicks thus far. Two minutes to go.
Whittaker continues to jab, Cannonier continues to focus on the lead leg. Lead proper and a takedown by Whittaker, can’t set up, tries a head kick on the break. One minute to go. Whittaker jab, Cannonier leg kicks and a pleasant overhand proper. Whittaker triples up the jab in response. Clean 1-2. 1-1-2 this time. 10-9 Whittaker.
Round 3: Whittaker’s jab splitting the guard. Front kick try. Another heavy jab. 1-2-head kick and Cannonier’s rocked. He stumbles to the mat, however manages to tie up and shut his guard a minute in. Half guard for Whittaker. Looking for an arm triangle, drops it. He switches sides, then steps to mount two minutes in. An elbow splits Cannonier open and Whittaker latches onto his again. Cannonier manages to scramble to his ft and put him on the fence. Two minutes to go.
Knees from Cannonier. Whittaker breaks his grip and separates. Cannonier tries a head kick. Lancing jab from Whittaker. On the counter this time. One minute to go. Cannonier tries a change kick, will get cracked by a jab quickly after. Suddenly a proper hand from Cannonier rattles Whittaker. Whittaker goes for a reactive takedown and places him on the fence. Cannonier slips throwing a knee. 10-9 Whittaker.
Final consequence: Whittaker def. Cannonier by unanimous choice
265 lbs.: Walt Harris vs. Alexander Volkov
Round 1: Volkov on the entrance foot, avoids a mixture and head kick. They commerce, neither join. Body kick from Harris. One minute in. Counter 2-3 lands for Volkov. Continuing to slowly advance, cracks Harris with a counter left and appears for a combo behind it. Two minutes in. Volkov leg kick and physique shot, avoids some large lefts. Harris physique kick and proper hook close to the fence. Volkov physique kick, brief proper arms. Two minutes to go.
Volkov leg kick, two-piece upstairs. Harris lands a leg kick. Looping proper slips round his guard. One minute to go. Hard physique shot hurts Harris and Volkov tries to place him away. Harris comes again with some heavy swings to again him off. 10-9 Volkov.
Round 2: Harris fakes a degree change and fires a mixture. Real degree change this time, denied. Straight left connects. Good proper cross by Volkov. One minute in. Volkov fires a snap kick to the midsection that attracts an audible groan as Harris folds, then Volkov punishes him with punches for the end.
Final consequence: Volkov def. Harris by TKO (physique kick and punches)
155 lbs.: Phil Hawes vs. Jacob Malkoun
Round 1: Hawes instantly cracks Malkoun with a proper cross that wobbles him, then places him to sleep in opposition to the fence.
Final consequence: Hawes def. Malkoun by KO (punches)
125 lbs.: Lauren Murphy vs. Liliya Shakirova
Round 1: Murphy advancing, blocks a head kick. Low kicks from Shakirova. Counter proper by Murphy a minute in. They alternate. Shakirova jab falls brief, eats a left hook after attempting a leg kick. Spinning again fist. More low kicks as she circles. She seems to be for a low single, denied two minutes in. Murphy tries to open up in opposition to the fence. They commerce punches. Two minutes to go.
1-2 by Murphy. Shakirova tries to spin. Both strive kicks, blocked. Shakirova geese a left hook and shoots, will get cracked with Browne elbows in opposition to the fence. Murphy will get an underhook and reverses. Shakirova physique blow after separating. 10-9 Murphy.
Round 2: Murphy tries a head kick as she presses ahead. Shakirova haed kick blocked. Murphy seems to be for combos on the fence a minute in. 1-2 from Shakirova, who eats a physique kick and knees when she tries to tie up. Two minutes in. Murphy tries a head kick. Shakirova ties up, eats some pictures within the clinch, and will get placed on the fence. Murphy muscle mass her down into guard by way of double unders. Punches from the highest. Two minutes to go.
Shakirova rolls to her knees and Murphy instantly takes the again, wrapping up the RNC and forcing the faucet.
Final consequence: Murphy def. Shakirova by submission (rear bare choke)
205 lbs.: Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba
Round 1: Cutelaba advancing, eats a leg kick. Ankalaev tries a entrance kick and left hand behind it. One minute in. Cutelaba solutions a low kick with a heavy overhand proper. Long straight proper. Hard physique kick by Ankalaev, walks into one other pair of counters. Two minutes in. Body kick by Cutelaba, eats a 3-2 in return. Check hook and knee by Ankalaev. Two minutes to go.
Counter straight left lands for Ankalaev as they paw at one another’s lead arms. Check hook. Heavy straight left drops Cutelaba because the latter tries to spin, however he pops again to his ft. One minute to go. Cutelaba tries to step in once more and this time it’s a 3-2 that sends him crashing to the bottom. A couple of extra punches and the Molodovan is unconscious.
Final consequence: Ankalaev def. Cutelaba by KO (punches)
265 lbs.: Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa
Round 1: Struve tossing out some kicks to begin. Head kick falls brief. Tuivasa tries a mixture close to the fence. Low kick connects. One minute in. Tuivasa punches into the clinch, lands brief punches. More physique blows. Two minutes in. Struve briefly considers a guillotine. They separate. Struve physique kick, Tuivasa punches. Struve with a pleasant staggered head kick. Two minutes to go.
Tuivasa swings some punches and places him on teh fence as soon as once more. Good pictures on the break. Low kicks join. One minute to go. Struve with some kicks as nicely. Body kick lands for him. Another good low kick by Tuivasa. Another flurry on the fence, just a few look off. Struve tries a throw, loses his grip, and will get blasted with punches as he tries to face. An enormous uppercut splits the guard and down goes the Skyscraper.
Final consequence: Tuivasa def. Struve by TKO (punches)
135 lbs.: Casey Kenney vs. Nathaniel Wood
Round 1: Some fast exchanges proper off the bat, with Wood getting the higher of it. Kenney slips throwing a head kick, takes a leg kick, lands an overhand left. Nice trades a minute in. Heavy kicks by each males. 3-2 appears to sting Wood. Wood persevering with to assault the lead leg, takes a glancing spinning again fist two minutes in. Hard 2-3 by Wood. 1-2 from Kenney. More Wood low kicks met by a proper cross. Long left knocks Wood again. Left arms from Kenney. Two minutes to go.
Counter 3-2 and leg kick by Kenney. Straight left, laborious 3-2. Wood’s maintaining with him however taking the larger pictures thus far. Kenney solutions a low kick with a heavy counter. Back to buying and selling. One minute to go. Spinning again kick from Kenney. Wood solutions a leg kick with a left hook. Kenney with a leg kick and Superman punch. Body kick to spinning again kick, Wood tries to spin in flip. 10-9 Kenney.
Round 2: Wood comes out swinging. Kenney tries a wheel kick, lands a straight left. Wood leg kick, Keneny counter proper. They commerce hooks. One minute in. Long collection of leg kicks by Wood, who denies a shot. Kenney physique kick, eats a left hook in return. Trading jabs. Kenney goes low-high with kicks. Wood outworking him this spherical. Two minutes in. Stiff jab from Wood, eats a proper hook. Trading kicks. Kenney with a verify hook, eats a left as he tries to reply some leg kicks. Hard left hook by Wood, mixture from Kenney. Two minutes to go.
Wood trying the more energizing of the 2, denies a takedown. Huge counters by Kenney after a robust sequence from Wood. One minute to go. Brief clinch. Wood ties up for a second. Nice counters by Wood. Kenney shoots, denied. Straight left connects, low kick catches Wood off-balance. 10-9 Wood.
Round 3: They commerce kicks to begin. Good combos from each. Kenney digs a left to the physique. Trading within the middle. Wood shoots, denied a minute in. Wood low kicks met by a left hand. Kenney shoots and instantly seems to be for the again. Two minutes in. Wood caught on all fours. He tries to hit the change, denied. Two minutes to go.
Wood works his means again to his ft and separates. 1-2 from Kenney, physique kick behind it. Wood shoots, denied, tries a proper hand. Combination bounces off the guard. Level change met by a left hand. Kenney combo falls brief, well-timed takedown denied. One minute to go. Big straight left by Kenney. Both swing large. Wood mixture, denies a shot. Great combat. 10-9 Kenney.
Final consequence: Kenney def. Wood by unanimous choice
170 lbs.: Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov
Round 1: Oliveira lands a heavy proper cross within the early going. Low kick alternate. 1-2 falls brief. One minute in. Low kick from Rakhmonov. Oliveira tries a entrance kick, lands a leg kick. Hard proper hand by Rakhmonov, who follows up with a knee to the physique and places him on the fence. Two minutes in. Outside journey isn’t there, knees join. Oliveira reverses. He seems to be for his personal journey, denied. Two minutes to go.
Oliveira adjustments ranges, can’t get it. One minute to go. Short knees. He lingers there a bit too lengthy and Rakhmonov jumps guard on a guillotine, forcing a faucet.
Final consequence: Rakhmonov def. Oliveira by submission (guillotine choke)
205 lbs.: Sam Alvey vs. Da Un Jung
Round 1: Jung slowly advancing, sends out a physique kick. Allvey lands a low kick as he’s backed to the fence. Jung digs a proper to the physique a minute in. He slips throwing a entrance kick, pops again up, takes a leg kick and lands one in return. 1-2 from Alvey. Low kick from Jung, maintaining him close to the fence two minutes in. Good alternate. Three-piece from Jung. Alvey forces him again with some large swings. Both fireplace their energy arms. 1-2 from Jung. Alvey buzzes him with a counter left with two minutes to go.
Jung grabs the clinch, takes some brief punches. They separate. Alvey pawing at his eye, eats a 1-2 and a mixture. Again Alvey punches his means off the fence. Both swing laborious. One minute to go. Left hand by Alvey. Counter proper. 1-2 from Jung. They commerce on the fence. Alvey comes after him within the waning seconds and walks into one other eye poke. 10-9 Alvey.
Round 2: They commerce, good left from Alvey. Four-piece by Jung, each swing large. One minute in. Low kick from Alvey. Jung persevering with to advance however not getting the higher of it constantly. Body shot lands for him. Alvey popping him with rights as he steps in. Two minutes in. Jung tries a head kick, takes a 1-2. Flurry from Alvey, who walks right into a left hook and lands one other leg kick. Jung with a two-piece, takes one in return. Two minutes to go.
They commerce leg kicks. Alvey finds the mark with a left-right. He tries to hurry. Another calf kick bothers Jung. One minute to go. Hard combo by the Korean. Nasty uppercut from Alvey. 2-1 to get off the fence. 10-9 Alvey.
Round 3: Alvey touchdown leg kicks, fires a combo and will get floored by a proper elbow. Jung seeking to pound him out, however Alvey scrambles again up, Jung hooked up to his waist. Right arms from Jung a minute in. They separate and so they return to their typical pursuit. Heavy uppercuts from Alvey and he places collectively a prolonged combo. Two minutes in. Low kick lands for him. Jabs upstairs. Counter proper, one other uppercut. Jung seems to be extra passive, however then visibly hurts Alvey with one other elbow. He ties up in opposition to the fence. Two minutes to go.
Jung going laborious for the takedown. Not inclined to separate when given the change. Outside reap, not profitable and Alvey reverses. One minute to go. Brutal elbow on the break. Jung stomps after him with punches, can’t discover the end. 10-9 Jung.
Final consequence: Split draw
125 lbs.: Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick
Round 1: Right hand lands for Jojua early on. Good 1-2. Side kick from Maverick. Another clear counter by the Georgian. One minute in. Combination from Maverick. Body kick falls brief, as does a 1-2. Clean left to a low kick within the pocket. Good alternate. Mavreick trying extra aggressive, eats a counter proper as she lands a pair of leg kicks. Straight left, aspect kick. Straight left after a feinted Superman punch. Two minutes in, physique kick lands. Another laborious left by Maverick. Body kick and left hand. Jojua nonetheless sending out the counter rights however getting outworked. Two minutes to go.
There’s a counter proper from Jojua as Maverick fires a combo. Right hand to the physique, one other counter proper after avoiding a knee. Maverick sticks a left hand to the physique. Lead elbow to left hand. One minute to go. Jojua only a step behind as Maverick sends out lefts. More laborious lefts by Maverick and a crushing elbow that splits open Jojua’s nostril. Nice physique kick. 10-9 Maverick.
Yeah, that nostril is completed. Despite Jojua’s protests, the ref calls it.
Final consequence: Maverick def. Jojua by TKO (minimize)
155 lbs.: Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Round 1: Alvarez orthodox, Yakovlev southpaw. Low kick from the Russian, who blocks a head kick in return. Low kicks from Alvarez. Yakovlev shoots in for a single-leg and Alvarez instantly wraps up a guillotine. One minute in. Yakovlev surviving thus far. He worms his head out and begins touchdown brief punches two minutes in. Alvarez spins for an armbar after they swat at one another for a bit, and regardless of a robust effort from Yakovlev, this one attracts the faucet.
Final consequence: Alvarez def. Yakovlev by submission (armbar)