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The UFC lightweight belt is up for grabs Saturday as reigning champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254.
The main card will begin Saturday at 2 p.m. ET and is available in full on pay-per-view on ESPN+. Below, we look at the betting odds for the full UFC 254 – Khabib vs. Gaethje – fight card.
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UFC 254 fight card: Main card
All odds via BetMGM; last updated Thursday at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (-357) vs. Justin Gaethje (+275) odds
Khabib (28-0) is one of the heaviest betting favorites on the UFC 254 fight card, as he defends his lightweight crown against Gaethje (22-2). It would take a $357 bet to return a $100 profit with a win by Nurmagomedov.
Robert Whittaker (-110) vs. Jared Cannonier (-110) odds
Whittaker (22-5) and Cannonier (13-4) meet in a middleweight bout priced as a pick ’em. It would take a $110 bet to earn a $100 profit with a win by your fighter of choice in this evenly-priced contest.
Alexander Volkov (-182) vs. Walt Harris (+150) odds
Volkov (31-8) is favored with a dramatic experience advantage over Harris (13-8, 1 NC). They’re the No. 7 and No. 10-ranked challengers, respectively, in the heavyweight division.
Jacob Malkoun (+225) vs. Phillip Hawes (-278) odds
Malkoun (4-0) makes his UFC debut as an underdog up against Hawes (8-2) in a middleweight clash. Both fighters are unranked.
Lauren Murphy (-238) vs. Liliya Shakirova (+195) odds
The fifth-ranked Murphy (13-4) is being given the betting edge over the unranked Shakirova (8-1) in a women’s flyweight bout.
Magomed Ankalaev (-312) vs. Ion Cutelaba (+250) odds
The main card opens with a light heavyweight fight between No. 11 challenger Ankalaev (13-1) and the unranked Cutelaba (15-5, 1 NC). Ankalaev is the second-biggest favorite on the main card with a $312 bet required for a profit of $100.
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UFC 254 fight card: Prelims
Stefan Struve (-110) vs. Tai Tuivasa (-110) odds
In a heavyweight bout, Struve (33-12) and Tuivasa (10-3) square off in a pick ’em. The equally-priced line offers up an equal reward with a win by either fighter.
Nathaniel Wood (+150) vs. Casey Kenney (-182) odds
Wood (17-4) is an underdog in this catch weight bout against Kenney (15-2-1). A $100 bet on Wood returns a profit of $150 with the minor upset.
Alex Oliveira (-115) vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (-106) odds
Little edge is being given to Oliveira (22-8-1) as a favorite over Rakhmonov (12-0) in a welterweight fight. It will take a $115 bet for a $100 profit on the favorite, or a $106 bet for a $100 profit on the underdog.
Da-Un Jung (-357) vs. Sam Alvey (+280) odds
Jung (13-2) kicks off the preliminaries as a commanding betting favorite against Alvey (33-14, 1 NC).
UFC 254 fight card: Early prelims
Liana Jojua (+305) vs. Miranda Maverick (-400) odds
Maverick (9-2) is the chalkiest betting favorite on the entire card. It would take a $400 bet to return a profit of $100. A $100 bet on Jojua would return a profit of $305 with what would be considered a massive upset.
Joel Alvarez (-165) vs. Alexander Yakovlev (+135) odds
UFC 254 starts with a lightweight bout between Alvarez (17-2) and Yakovlev (24-9-1). The much younger Alvarez (by 10 years) is a slight betting favorite.
When is UFC 254?
The main card of UFC 254 is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The main event should begin around 4 p.m. ET.
Prelims begin at noon ET. Early prelims are set for 11 a.m. ET.
Where is UFC 254?
Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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