The MMA Vivisection – UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje picks, odds, & analysis

The UFC has a surefire banger of a main event booked for this weekend’s UFC 254 PPV card. And while the co-main between Robert…

By: Zane Simon | 3 years ago
The MMA Vivisection – UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje picks, odds, & analysis
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The UFC has a surefire banger of a main event booked for this weekend’s UFC 254 PPV card. And while the co-main between Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier is a strong one, much of the rest of this PPV offering seems to be banking on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje and the obvious intrigue that fight brings to the table all on its own. Still, if Magomed vs. Ion Cutelaba actually finally happens, that’ll almost certainly provide a thrilling opener.

For fans interested in diving deeper into the UFC 254 undercard, check out our Prelims Vivi below.

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Here’s a look at how the UFC 254 fight card stacks up right now:

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje – At 5:13, Odds 35:45, Picks, Connor: Gaethje, Zane: Khabib
Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier – At 37:28, Odds 50:23, Picks, Both: Whittaker
Alexander Volkov vs. Walt Harris – At 51:20, Odds 58:52, Picks, Both: Volkov
Phil Hawes vs. Jacob Malkoun – At 59:41, Odds 1:04:32, Picks, Both: Hawes
Lauren Murphy vs. Liliya Shakirova – At 1:04:50, Odds 1:10:47, Picks, Both: Murphy
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba – At 1:11:07, Odds 1:15:11, Picks, Both: Ankalaev

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Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa – At 2:00, Odds 11:11, Picks, Connor: Struve, Zane: Tuivasa
Casey Kenney vs. Nathaniel Wood – At 11:49, Odds 26:36, Picks, Connor: Wood, Zane: Kenney
Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov – At 27:41, Odds 41:26, Picks, Both: Oliveira
Da Un Jung vs. Sam Alvey – At 44:20, Odds 48:49, Picks, Both: Jung

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Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick – At 49:12, Odds 58:26, Picks, Both: Maverick
Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev – At 59:22, Odds 1:07:32, Picks, Both: Alvarez

For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisections for ‘Kattar vs. Ige’. So far the standings are:
Last week for UFC Fight Island 6:
Zane went 6 out of 11, and Connor went 7/11
Zane is now 98/156 and Connor is now 102/156

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Zane Simon
Zane Simon

Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer, and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. He has worked with the website since 2013, taking on a wide variety of roles. A lifelong combat sports fan, Zane has trained off & on in both boxing and Muay Thai. He currently hosts the long-running MMA Vivisection podcast, which he took over from Nate Wilcox & Dallas Winston in 2015, as well as the 6th Round podcast, started in 2014. Zane is also responsible for developing and maintaining the ‘List of current UFC fighters’ on Bloody Elbow, a resource he originally developed for Wikipedia in 2010.

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