The UFC is headed into the final event of the five-show stint of its second run on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. The promotion has gone all-in with a lightweight championship unification bout between undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim titleholder Justin Gaethje.
Fans have long wanted to see a battle between Khabib and Tony Ferguson – a fight that has been scuttled on five separate occasions. But after Gaethje defeated Ferguson for the interim belt at UFC 249, re-opening the sports world from lockdown, this became the fight the UFC had to book this year.
Ahead of Saturday’s event, UFC president Dana White dropped the UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje cold opener video, declaring, “If this doesn’t fire you up, nothing will!”
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