UFC 254 will take place on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, October 25.
NOTE: The card is being held at a different, earlier time than most UFC cards. See below for details.
The blockbuster card will be headlined by lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov taking on interim champion Justin Gaethje, with former middleweight king Robert Whittaker facing Jared Cannonier.
Two other Aussies are also on the card, with Tai Tuivasa fighting veteran Stefan Struve and Whittaker’s training partner Jacob Malkoun fighting Phil Hawse.
Here’s everything you need to know about UFC 254.
WHEN IS UFC 254?
UFC 254 will be held on Sunday, October 25.
WHAT TIME IS UFC 254?
UFC 254 is being held at prime time in the Middle East, meaning the prelims will start at 1:15am AEDT
The six-fight main card will get underway at 5:00am AEDT.
Expect Robert Whittaker to fight at around 7am, with the main event from 7:30 onwards.
WHERE IS UFC 254?
The card will take place on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. It will be the last of five events held on Yas Island, which also hosted a series of events in July as the COVID-19 pandemic threw the UFC’s planning into turmoil.
IS ROB WHITTAKER FIGHTING AT UFC 254?
Yep! Whittaker’s fight with rising middleweight contender Jared Cannonier had been widely rumoured for weeks, but was made official in late September.
It will be Whittaker’s second fight since losing the 185-pound belt to Israel Adesanya last October. He rebounded in July with a thrilling decision win over Darren Till, and still has his sights set on reclaiming the middleweight strap.
If Cannonier wins, he’ll be virutally assured of a shot at Adesanya’s title. UFC president Dana White and Adesanya himself have both said that’s the fight to make.
It remains to be seen whether Whittaker will get another crack at gold if he wins.