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UFC 254: Khabib vs Gaethje – UK start time, TV channel, live stream, prelims, card and odds for Fight Island event

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV makes his big return to the Octagon to face Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

Fight Island in Abu Dhabi plays host to the eagerly anticipated UFC Lightweight Championship clash.

When is UFC 254?

What time does UFC 254 start?

What TV channel and live stream is UFC 254 on?

UFC 254 will be broadcast on BT Sports Box Office in the UK, and ESPN+ in the US.

Th event costs £19.95 on BT Sport Box Office to purchase.

The early prelims will be shown on UFC's Fight Pass app.

What is the fight card and prelims?

Khabib, 32, fights for the first time since the death of his father and coach, Abdulmanap, who passed away in July.

The Russian was last in the Octagon in September 2019 at UFC 242 when he defeated Dustin Poirier with a rear-naked choke in the third round.

Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier is the co-main event, and will be watched eagerly by middleweight champ Israel Adesanya.

Main card (from 7pm BST/ 2pm EST)

Preliminary card (from 5pm BST/ 12pm EST)

Early prelims (from 3.15pm BST/ 10.15am EST)

What have they said?

Khabib: "I'm going to try wrestling with him. If he's going to defend my takedown one time, I'm going to try a second, third. I'm gonna try 100 times. And of course I'm going to box with him, I'm going to kick with him.

"He's going to be kickboxing and wrestling, a mix. I'm going to make him tired.

"This is my goal. And maybe in round number 3, round number 4, my plan is finish him."

Gaethje: "I'm gonna go out there and I'm gonna try and break his face, I promise you.

"I am prepared and you can bet your bottom dollar I will not go out like no b****!"

Dana White, UFC president: "This is the fight capital of the world, right now. The infrastructure that’s here, all the cool things to do, I think that fans are gonna flock here as soon as this thing opens up."

Latest odds

Khabib Nurmagomedov to win 1/3

Justin Gaethje to win 11/4

*Best odds available via Oddschecker as of Tuesday, October 20

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