Khabib Nurmagomedov defends his lightweight crown against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 tonight - and the bookies are convinced he will retain his title.

thepools.com make unbeaten Khabib a 2/7 favourite to come out of the octagon with his ledger unblemished, with Gaethje a big outsider at 13/5 .

Khabib currently boasts a perfect record of 28 wins and no losses and has spoken of his dream to one day retire as an undefeated champion. If he can add Gaethje to his list of victims in Abu Dhabi he would tie the all-time record for UFC lightweight defences with a third consecutive defence.

But in Gaethje he will go toe to toe with one of the most skilled fighters in the UFC.

The bookies make a Khabib points victory at 11/4 the likeliest method of success for the Russian.

He is 7/2 to win by stoppage and 15/8 to force a submission .

Khabib's 28 wins are evenly split with ten submissions, ten via decision and eight by way of KO/TKO.

Gaethje, however, has won 86 per cent of his 22 victories by KO/TKO and a Gaethje stoppage win is 17/4 with thepools.com .

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In the co-main event, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier clash for a potential title shot against Israel Adesanya.

This bout is perfectly poised, with Whittaker 19/20 and Cannonier 17/20, but Cannonier is a big 5/1 to take the long route to success and win on points, while Whittaker is just 21/20 to win via that method.