Khabib Nurmagomedov will look to maintain his streak of dominance when he returns to the Octagon for the first time in over a year against the hard-hitting Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Saturday, October 24.
You’ll need ESPN+ to watch all of the UFC 254 fights, as the early prelims (10:30 a.m. ET start time) and prelims (Noon ET) are both on regular ESPN+, while the main card (2 p.m. ET) can only be ordered through ESPN+ PPV.
You can order the UFC 254 PPV right here, or you can read on for a more detailed description of your different pricing options:
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How to Order UFC 254 If You Don’t Have ESPN+
You can get a special bundle deal that includes a one-year subscription to ESPN+ ($49.99 value) and the UFC 254 PPV ($64.99 value) for $84.98, which works out to about 26 percent savings:
Or, if you want to purchase them separately, you can first subscribe to a month of ESPN+ right here ($5.99 for ESPN+, or $12.99 for a bundle of ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+), then follow the below directions for existing ESPN+ subscribers.
However, with the amount of UFC (and other sports) content on ESPN+, most MMA fans are probably going to keep ESPN+ long-term, meaning the value of the bundle is the better way to go if you don’t already have ESPN+.
How to Order UFC 254 If You Already Have ESPN+
Current ESPN+ subscribers can order the UFC 254 PPV by itself for $64.99 right here:
Or, if you only have a monthly subscription (and don’t have the Disney+ bundle), you can still get the special bundle that includes a year of ESPN+ and the UFC 254 PPV. The only difference is that instead of starting a new ESPN+ subscription, you’ll just extend your current subscription by a year and get the UFC 254 PPV for a total of $84.98:
Where to Watch UFC 254
Once you’re signed up for ESPN+ and you’ve purchased the PPV, you can UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje on your computer via ESPN.com, or you can watch on the ESPN app on any compatible connected-to-TV streaming device, such as:
For all of those options, you’ll need to sign in with your ESPN+ account to watch the early prelims (ESPN+), prelims (ESPN+) and the main card (ESPN+ PPV).
UFC 254 Preview
Khabib Nurmagomedov moved his record to 28-0 his last time out, submitting Dustin Porier in the third round via rear-naked choke. It was the 10th submission victory of his storied career, but he’s been relegated to the sideline for over a year waiting for his next fight.
Some of that is because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which made it unable for him to travel from Russia. While Nurmagomedov waited and watched the division unfold, Gaethje pulled off a dominant win against Tony Ferguson, becoming the interim UFC lightweight champion.
Gaethje is 22-2 in his career and 19 of his wins have come via knockout. He plans to do that to Khabib, who has never been finished and has a penchant for not taking much damage during his bouts.
“I’m gonna go out there and I’m gonna try and break his face, I promise you,” he told TMZ Sports.
Nurmagomedov will be fighting inspired, however, He recently lost his father to COVID-19. He snapped at a reporter who had asked
“I don’t understand when people ask me how difficult for you train without father. Of course, this is difficult. I don’t understand why you guys keep asking me this. This is very difficult….. I am human too you know, of course, it is difficult.”
The co-main event features former middleweight champion and No. 1 ranked contender Robert Whittaker against No. 3 Jared Cannonier in a scrap that has title fight implications.
Whittaker weighed in on the main event between Gaethje and Nurmagomedov, predicting a win for “The Eagle.”
“How do you beat him? You catch him. You can’t catch him! Because he’s got a chin made out of granite,” Whittaker told Submission Radio of Nurmagomedov. “You’d have to catch him as he’s diving forward with a flying knee and it has to be massive. And I’m pretty sure even while he’s half out, he’ll still shoot for a single and grab it.”
Full UFC 256 Fight Card
Khabib Nurmagomedov -300 vs. Justin Gaethje +240, lightweight title
Jared Cannonier -125 vs. Robert Whittaker +105, middleweights
Alexander Volkov -200 vs. Walt Harris +170, heavyweights
Cynthia Calvillo -230 vs. Lauren Murphy +190, women’s flyweights
Magomed Ankalaev -270 vs. Ion Cutelaba +220, light heavyweights
Stefan Struve -125 vs. Tai Tuivasa +105, heavyweights
Phillip Hawes -270 vs. Jacob Malkoun +220, middleweights
Alex Oliveira -180 vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov +155, welterweights
Da-Un Jung -410 vs. Sam Alvey +320, light heavyweights
Casey Kenney -195 vs. Nathaniel Wood +165, catchweights
Umar Nurmagomedov -625 vs. Sergey Morozov +450, bantamweights
Miranda Maverick -310 vs. Liana Jojua +250, women’s flyweights
Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev, lightweights
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