By Landon Smith

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje UFC 254 Lightweight Tittle Bout MMA Odds, Prediction and Picks

Khabib Nurmagomedov will meet Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 Lightweight Tittle Bout on Saturday October 24th, 2020 at the Arena: Flash Forum, UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates.

UFC 254 Lightweight Tittle Bout

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje

Date: Saturday, October 24th, 2020

Kick Off: 10:15p ET

Arena: Flash Forum, UFC Fight Island

Location: Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

TV: PPV, ESPN+

 

 

MATCHUP STATS
Khabib NurmagomedovUFC 254Justin Gaethje
-340Betting Odds+260
28-0-0 Record 22-2-0
Russia Country United States
5' 10" Height 5' 11"
155.00 LBWeight 155.00 LB
70 in Reach 70 in
40 in Leg Reach 40 in
29% KO/TKO86%
36%SUB 5%
36%DEC 9%
13:56 AVG Fight Time 10:11
0.2 Knockdown AVG 0.63

Khabib Nurmagomedov will meet Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 Lightweight Tittle Bout on Saturday October 24th, 2020 at the Arena: Flash Forum, UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates.

 

Khabib Nurmagomedov -340

Khabib Nurmagomedov has a perfect 28-0 record and has won 36% of his fights by decision. In his last fight he got a win against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.

Khabib has now won three of his last four fights by submission. He is a relentless fighter in his attempts to fold and almost always gets the fight where he wants, making it very difficult for his opponent to get comfortable and develop a rhythm.

Khabib is a great fighter and is like an animal in that once he gets his hands on an opponent he controls the rest of the round and exhausts it. Khabib closes the gap well and has a pretty decent head turn that allows him to survive the moment.

Every fighter who wants to face Khabib has to have a wonderful tank of gas, otherwise it will be a long night. Khabib may not have much balance in his attack, but he is as good as it takes to master his craft, and it shows he has the best ground game of any fighter in the sport.

 

Justin Gaethje +260

Justin Gaethje is 22-2 and has won 11 of his last 13 fights. In his last bout he beat Tony Ferguson by a fifth round knockout at UFC 249.

Gaethje essentially paid Ferguson in kind, destroying his face and forcing the referee to stop things.

He has shown throughout his career that the power of punches and the chin are there so that he can defend himself with anyone on his feet and is clearly more comfortable on his feet.

Gaethje is experienced in wrestling and has a coach who works tirelessly on technique, so at one point you think his ground game would come into play.

At this point, Gaethje seems to be 100% dedicated. to his stand-up and wants to chase his head.

 

Due to the perfect record and the feats achieved in each fight, Khabib is a clear favorite for this fight, he is very dangerous at short distances, being able to get a takedown and dominate the fight. I think we have to expect more of the same with Khabib, especially he will try to make the fight go to the ground.

If we talk about betting, Gaethje is a great option to get money for our pockets. Gaethje is very good at his stand up and lands solid clean shots at his opponents from that position, he is also a great fighter who can create problems for Khabib if the fight goes to the ground.

PICK: Justin Gaethje to Win @ +260

 

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By Landon Smith, on 24 Oct 2020, at 5:56p ET