UFC 254

Khabib Nurmagomedov: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier must be 155 if winner wants title shot

Khabib Nurmagomedov won’t entertain the notion of a title defense against Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier unless their fight is contested at 155 pounds. In an interview ahead of his UFC 254 title defense against Justin Gaethje, the undefeated UFC lightweight champion was asked his thoughts about who could...

Coach issues warning to Justin Gaethje at UFC 254: ‘He’s taking on the master of the ground’

Javier Mendez is well aware of the narrative heading into Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next UFC title defense. The head coach of American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) hears the fan and media chatter about Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) potentially facing his toughest challenge yet against a man considered by many to...

Triple Take: What is UFC 254’s most overlooked storyline below the main event?

UFC 254 is just days away. While all eyes are on the card’s main event between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and challenger Justin Gaethje, an undercard full of storylines is flying under the radar. On this week’s Triple Take, MMA Junkie’s Nolan King, Danny Segura, and Dave Doyle...

Justin Gaethje on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s durability: ‘His main priority is to not take damage’

Justin Gaethje has a few questions heading into the biggest fight of his life. The UFC interim lightweight champion will share the cage on Oct. 24 against undisputed cham Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title unification bout set to headline UFC 254 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. It’s a colossal...

Cynthia Calvillo tests positive for COVID-19, out of UFC 254; replacement sought for Lauren Murphy

Cynthia Calvillo won’t be stepping into the octagon later this month. The UFC women’s flyweight contender has been pulled from her bout against Lauren Murphy next week at UFC 254 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Calvillo (9-1-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) was removed from the bout because she tested...

Daniel Cormier: Justin Gaethje ‘an absolute stud,’ but Khabib wins and ‘will retire undefeated’

ABU DHABI – Daniel Cormier believes Khabib Nurmagomedov will face his toughest test next week against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. Cormier, a longtime friend and teammate of Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., has been able witness the greatness of the...

Rafael dos Anjos announces UFC 254 withdrawal after positive COVID-19 test

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos won’t be competing Oct. 24 against Islam Makhachev. According to a statement issued on Twitter on Thursday, dos Anjos (29-13 MMA, 18-11 UFC) was withdrawn from his UFC 254 bout after testing positive for COVID-19. Dos Anjos’ statement reads as follows: “Life...

Justin Gaethje says confidence, power, coaching are factors to beat Khabib Nurmagomedov

Without question, Justin Gaethje has been involved in some big fights over an MMA career spanning nearly 10 years. And without question, if you ask him, his next one will be the biggest of them all. Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), the UFC’s interim lightweight champion, will take a...

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