Khabib makes his third title defense against the toughest challenger of his career!
TSC News editor Fred Richani recaps the UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje results featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov defending his lightweight championship against Justin Gaethje and former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker taking on Jared Cannonier! Plus: The latest MMA news and upcoming UFC cards!
Breaking News Update: Khabib announces his retirement from MMA after defeating Justin Gaethje!
UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje took place Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 at the Flash Forum in Yas Island aka Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and aired live on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
UFC 254 Prelims Results:
- Heavyweights: Tai Tuivasa defeated Stefan Struve via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:19
- Catchweight (140lbs): Casey Kenney defeated Nathaniel Wood via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) – Fight of The Night ($50,000 Bonus)
- Catchweight (173lbs): Shavkat Rakhmonov defeated Alex Oliveira via guillotine choke submission – Round 1, 4:40
- Light Heavyweights: Da Un Jung vs. Sam Alvey ended in split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
- Women’s Flyweights: Miranda Maverick defeated Liana Jojua via Round 1 TKO (doctor stoppage), 5:00
- Catchweight (159.5lbs): Joel Alvarez defeated Alexander Yakovlev via armbar submission – Round 1, 3:00
UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje Results
- UFC Lightweight Championship Main Event (Five Rounds): Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) defeated Justin Gaethje via technical submission, triangle choke – Round 2, 1:31. Khabib dedicates the win to his late father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov and retires from MMA after the fight. Khabib ends his career 12-0 in the UFC with three title defenses and 29-0 overall in MMA. One of the greatest fighters of all-time. Performance of The Night ($50,000 Bonus)
- Middleweight Co-Main Event: Robert Whittaker defeated Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision
- Heavyweights: Alexander Volkov defeated Walt Harris via second-round body kick TKO
- Middleweights: Phillip Hawes defeated Jacob Malkoun via first-round knockout (punches)
- Women’s Flyweights: Lauren Murphy defeated Liliya Shakirova (Skakirova replaces Cynthia Calvillo in UFC debut.) via rear-naked choke submission in Round 2. Murphy wins her fourth straight UFC fight.
- Light Heavyweights: Magomed Ankalaev defeated Ion Cutelaba via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:19. No doubt who’s the better man in this rematch! Performance of The Night ($50,000 Bonus)
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