The UFC’s next pay-per-view event is less than one month away, and it’s massive for both the company and lightweight division.
UFC 254, which takes place Oct. 24 at Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, marks the last event of the organization’s current stretch on “Fight Island.” The final bout will be perhaps the most meaningful, as Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) and Justin Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) are set to unify the lightweight title.
Nurmagomedov hasn’t fought since a title defense over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in September 2019. In the meantime, Gaethje picked up the interim belt against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in May, and now the two sides will come together to decide the undisputed No. 1.
Check out the official poster for the event, which the UFC released to the public Tuesday (via Twitter):
KHABIB vs GAETHJE
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— UFC (@ufc) September 29, 2020
Although Nurmagomedov and Gaethje are the lone fighters featured on the UFC 254 poster, the card has a lot more to offer than just the anticipated main event.
Check out the latest UFC 254 lineup below:
- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje – for lightweight title
- Jared Cannonier vs. Robert Whittaker
- Walt Harris vs. Alexander Volkov
- Rafael dos Anjos vs. Islam Makhachev
- Cynthia Calvillo vs. Lauren Murphy
- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba
- Sergey Morozov vs. Umar Nurmagomedov
- Sam Alvey vs. Da Un Jung
- Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick
- Phil Hawes vs. Jacob Malkoun
- Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa