UFC 254 Odds And Picks: Khabib vs Gaethje
After a sumptuous UFC 253, which featured the undisputed Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya and the Brazilian contender Paulo Costa with the champ dominating Costa for 2 rounds before getting the TKO. We head back to Fight Island Abu Dhabi on Saturday, October 24, 2020, for the big Lightweight bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
The UFC betting odds are now available for the main event. There are plenty of UFC betting opportunities. As the other fights become available, we'll be sure to update this table. The odds were last updated on October 9, 2020:
|Khabib Nurmagomedov||-303||+230||Justin Gaethje|
|Jared Cannonier||TBA||TBA||Robert Whittaker|
|Alexander Volkov||TBA||TBA||Walt Harris|
|Islam Mackhachev||TBA||TBA||Rafael dos Anjos|
|Magomed Ankalaev||TBA||TBA||Ion Cutelaba|
It’s going to be one hell of a main event fight. But, there is much more on offer for UFC 254 bettors. The card is stacked with fights like Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier and the rematch between Magomed Ankalaev and Ion Cutelaba.
There will be questions asked of Khabib in Abu Dhabi, as the contender is an unconventional fighter with knockout power. Khabib won’t be worried though, 28-0 is a phenomenal record and one Gaethje will have to work harder than ever before to break.
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— UFC (@ufc) September 29, 2020
UFC 254 Picks & Predictions
With less than a month till the event begins, it’s likely the odds will adjust and it’s certainly worth checking back with us in the coming weeks to ensure you’ve got the most up-to-date odds. Something else worth considering is fighters injuries as well as the possibility of a fighter having to pull out due to a COVID-19 infection.
As it stands, UFC 254 is set to be one of the best cards of the year. The Cannonier Whittaker fight will setup the title-shot with the current Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya. Can Gaethje take down the champ? Let’s find out.
UFC 254: Main Card
- Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0-0) vs Justin Gaethje (22-2-0)
- Robert Whittaker (22-5-0) vs Jared Cannonier (13-4-0)
- Alexander Volkov (31-8-0) vs Walt Harris (13-8-0)
- Islam Makhachev (18-1-0) vs Rafael dos Anjos (29-13-0)
- Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1) vs Lauren Murphy (13-4-0)
- Magomed Ankalaev (13-1-0) vs Ion Cutelaba (15-5-0)
Khabib Nurmagomedov to beat Gaethje via TKO (1.33)
Khabib has become a household name for all UFC fans, having taken the competition by storm back in 2012 and rising to the top of the ranks. He’s unbeaten and holds the longest win streak in the UFC today.
It’s Khabib’s ferocious style that makes him such a great champ. He’s disciplined and sticks to the same game plan every time. A slow mauling of the opponent, with the fight always moving at his pace.
But what does the challenger offer that we haven’t seen before? Well, the matchup isn’t too different from the previously proposed matchup between Tony Ferguson and Khabib.
Gaethje is a brawler, like Khabib, but possesses knockout power, unlike something we’ve seen from Khabib before. But, unless the challenger can land that knockout punch, it’s going to be a tough night for the American.
it's not easy
believe me⚔️ pic.twitter.com/sygRCnnl2e
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) September 3, 2020
Justin Gaethje to win by KO/TKO in the second round (3.30)
Gaethje is 22-2, with 19 of those wins coming via TKO/KO. Something we’ve not seen in a fight against Khabib is something who will be able to go in there and take a beating while delivering knockout strikes.
The Gaethje fight against Barboza was a prime example of what he’s capable of even when under the cosh. There’s no debate about the fitness and ability to take a beating when it comes to Gaethje. But, can he withstand the Russians’ style of fighting?
If Khabib goes in for the takedown and just mauls Gaethje on the floor from the get-go, then this will be a one-sided boring fight. However, if they stay on their feet, then anything can happen.
The fight was nuts 😂 pic.twitter.com/4xsrZ0ZJbC
— MMA Gone Wild 🅙 (@mmagonewild) September 7, 2020
Jared Cannonier vs Robert Whittaker
Jared Cannonier is in the prime of his career. At 36 years old and with a record of 13-4, it’s definitely time for him to make his mark on the sport. He last lost to Dominick Reyes at Light Heavyweight back in 2018.
Since moving up to Middleweight, Cannonier is undefeated and has shown signs of what it takes to be the champ. He’ll face the Australian Robert Whittaker next, which won’t be an easy fight.
Robert Whittaker has a record of 21-5, having lost the title to the reigning champ Adesanya in his last fight. While he lost that fight, it’s important to remember how dangerous Whittaker can be.
He has a great range of striking and is a tough character. This will probably be the fight of the night. Expect Cannonier to cause an upset.
🔊"What I see now is [Robert Whittaker] wanting to fight Jack Hermansson, and Costa, and Izzy in his interviews and nobody is mentioning my name. So everybody must have forgot...but I'm still here." - @killagorillamma on the middleweight title picture👊#TLTS@lthomasnews pic.twitter.com/XksiSXfocf
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) July 31, 2020
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