Lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, will be facing interim champion, Justin Gaethje in UFC 254 Leightweight event. The much-anticipated fight is set to take place on Saturday, 24th October 2020 at 10 pm local time in Abu Dhabi. Here’s everything you need to know, how can you get Khabib vs Gaethje free streaming TV channel, and when and where is Khabib vs Gaethje live stream, date start time guide.
Can I watch Khabib vs Gaethje live stream free on TV?
No, Khabib vs Gaethje is an ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) mixed martial arts event that is happing in the Yas Island in Abu Dhabi produced by the Ultimate fighting championship on Saturday, 24th October live exclusively on ESPN+ TV channel.
What time is Khabib vs Gaethje actually start?
Khabib vs Gaethje actually starts at 11:45 pm ET
What TV channel does Khabib vs Gaethje on?
Khabib vs Gaethje streaming live on ESPN+ PPV.
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The venue of the fight will be at the Flash Forum, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Khabib will be fighting to defend his Lightweight Championship title and his 28-0 perfect record. This will be Khabib’s 2020 debut after having his UFC 249 fight against Tony Ferguson canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Justin Gaethje who on a late notice stepped in to replace Khabib and won by TKO against Ferguson will be aiming to prove he is the best. With a 22-2 record, Gathje refused to take the interim championship belt saying “we will wait for the real one”. He went on to say, “I want to be the best 155lb man on planet Earth so Khabib’s got to go.”
Gaethje will be a formidable contender for the Lightweight champion.
The fight cards on this day will include:
Justin Gaethje vs Khabib Nurmagomedov, lightweight division
Jared Cannonier vs Robert Whittaker, middleweight division
Walt Harris vs Alexander Volkov, heavyweight division
Rafael dos Anjos vs Islam Makhachev, lightweight division
Lauren Murphy vs Cynthia Calvillo, women’s flyweight division
Ion Cutelaba vs Magomed Ankalaev, light heavyweight division
Stefan Struve vs Tai Tuivasa, heavyweight division
Jacob Malkoun vs Phil Howes, middleweight division
Early Preliminary Card
Umar Nurmagomedov vs Sergey Morozov, bantamweights
Who will win and why, prediction?
With a perfect 28-0 compared to Gaethje’s 22-2 record, Khabib is the favorite to win the fight. Khabib has shown sheen invisibility and lack of weakness with his perfect record since his debut in 2012.
Khabib edges Gaethje when it comes to grappling. He provided the fans with outstanding grappling techniques ever seen in UFC. He averages 5.35 takedowns per 15 minutes compared to Gaethjes 0 takedowns per 15 minutes. However, Gaethje has an 80% defensive ability against takedowns.
Gaethje edges Khabib when it comes to striking. Justin Gaethje is one of the most violent UFC fighters. He comes at his opponents with tons of strikes which he lands on most occasions. The offensive-minded fighter has 7.74 significant strikes per minute compared to Khabib’s 4.11 strikes per minute.
Khabib is known for absorbing more strikes per minute. However, in his last three fights he’s shown his patience which reduced the strikes he absorbed per minute. He will need this against Khabib.
Khabib has a 67 percent defensive prowess compared to Gaethje’s 59 percent
When it comes to submissions, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the favorite having scored a total of 10 submission wins. He takes his opponents to the ground and mauls them resulting in either stoppages or submissions. One of his best submission wins was in UFC 229 back in 2018 against Conor McGregor and in UFC 242 back in 2019 against Dustin Poirier.
Gaethje has never submitted anyone while Khabib has mastered this technique. Gaethje will have to avoid being taken down to the ground by Khabib to have a better chance. Gaethje avoiding Khabib’s takedowns might end up frustrating his opponent.
For the first time ever, Khabib will be heading into the Octagon without his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedev, who passed away on July 3 of COVID-19. His father who was also his trainer was a great inspiration to him. Fighting without his dad around might affect his performance against Gaethje.
Having never lost any fight and still being in his prime, I predict Khabib Nurmagomedov to win in the second round via submission.
How to watch on ESPN+
Due to COVID-19, those who wished to watch the fight at the Flash Forum on Yas Island won’t be able to. Fans will therefore have to stream the main card on ESPN and the prelims on ESPN+.
You can order UFC 254 on the official ESPN+ website. You will visit the official ESPN+ website and click BUY NOW. You can then sign in to your existing account if you have one or create an account if you don’t.
On order, you can log in on a device of your preference and start streaming the event live.