Quintin van Jaarsveld
Dagestan destroyer Khabib Nurmagomedov will face the toughest test of his career when he puts his lightweight championship and unprecedented unbeaten record on the line against knockout artist Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254 at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night (Sunday morning SA time).
In the co-headliner, former middleweight champion Robert Whitaker goes to war with the surging Jared Cannonier with the winner set to earn a shot at reigning king Israel Adesanya. Before that, top 10 heavyweights Alexander Volkov and Walt Harris will seek to move one step closer to a title opportunity of their own.
Traditionally the premier weight class in the promotion, with athletes boasting an unmatched blend of size, power and athleticism, light heavyweights Magomed Ankalaev and Ion Cutelaba will set the tone in what promises to be an exciting main card opener, while the impressive Lauren Murphy will welcome Liliya Shakirova to the promotion in the featured female scrap.