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UFC 254 Recap and Future Predictions

UFC 254 is over. In retrospect it was an amazing card, 5 out of the 6 bouts on the main card were stoppages and sadly at the end, we saw one of the best careers in MMA come to a close. Let’s get into last nights bout

Results

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov finished Justin Gaethje via Submission
  • Robert Whittaker defeated Jared Cannonier via Unanimous Decision
  • Alexander Volkov finished Walt Harris via Technical Knockout
  • Phil Hawes finished Jacob Malkoun via Knockout
  • Lauren Murphy finished Liliya Shakirova via Submission
  • Magomed Ankalaev finished Ion Cutelaba via Knockout

Magomed Ankalaev finally finishes Ion Cutelaba

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Ion Cutelaba of Moldova punches Magomed Ankalaev of Russia in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The card kicked off with a bout surrounded by controversy. Here’s a brief timeline, February 2020 Ion Cutelaba, and Magomed Ankalaev meet and the fight ends due to a very controversial finish, the bout gets called off due to positive COVID tests, and finally the bout showed up to Fight Island for UFC 254 and it was everything we wanted and expected. Cutelaba and Ankalaev hit the center of the cage and started to trade, showcasing the high levels of hatred between both of them. Following a few close exciting moments through the fight, Ankalaev finally hit Cutelaba with a heavy left hand that dropped the Maldivian and the Russian Ankalaev followed Cutelaba to the mat to finish him and the bout with the final 10 seconds left in the round. This win extends Ankalaev’s win streak to 5 (With his last 2 wins are against Cutelaba) and this is Cutelaba’s second consecutive loss.

  • Magomed Ankalaev
    • Volkan Oezdemir

Lauren Murphy spoils debut of Liliya Shakirova with submission win

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Lauren Murphy punches Liliya Shakirova of Uzbekistan in their women’s flyweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Lauren Murphy said she wanted to get her first submission victory, and she got it. After Cynthia Calvillo dropped from their bout Murphy had the honor of welcoming Liliya Shakirova to the UFC. Shakirova looked to use her wrestling but to no avail. As the round passed, Murphy seemed to let her hands fly more but eventually, the fight got to the ground but not the way Shakirova intended. Passing her guard Murphy took her back and sunk her arms around the neck of Shakirova as she got her first submission win within the second round. This is Murphy’s 4th straight win and this loss stops Shakirova’s 3 win streak.

  • Lauren Murphy
    • Cynthia Calvillo

Phil Hawes finishes Jacob Malkoun in 18 seconds during UFC Debut

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: Phillip Hawes celebrates his KO victory over Jacob Malkoun of Australia in their middleweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Dana White Contender Series alumni Phil Hawes showed that he deserves to be in the UFC and he did so in a dominant fashion. It took him only 18 seconds to dispatch fellow newcomer Jacob Malkoun and he did so by displaying his massive amounts of power in his hands. This win extends Hawes’ winstreak to 5 while ending Malkoun’s flawless streak of 4. What’s next for Hawes?

  • Phil Hawes
    • Dusko Todorovic

Alexander Volkov finishes Walt Harris with body kick

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Alexander Volkov of Russia punches Walt Harris in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Prior to the Co-Main event, we had some heavyweight action between Walt Harris and Alexander Volkov. Walt Harris showed he not only had the power but he also had the speed the possibly end the bout soon. However, Volkov used his range to his advantage as his jab proved to be effective early due to his reach. Harris then stopped loading in on single punches and started to focus more on combos but it wasn’t enough to win the first. Volkov stuffed any plans of Harris taking the bout to the ground as he defended his takedowns, before stinging and dropping Harris with a front kick to the body that dropped Harris as Volkov followed him to the ground to finish the bout. This loss extends Harris’ losing streak to 2. What’s next for ‘Drago’?

  • Alexander Volkov
    • Alistair Overeem

Robert Whittaker outplays Jared Cannonier in middleweight scrap

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Robert Whittaker of Australia punches Jared Cannonier in their middleweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Bobby Knuckles is back. Robert Whittaker proved to the world again why he was a former middleweight champ with a beautiful striking showcase as he avoided the raw power of Jared Cannonier using his speed and movement to win via unanimous decision with the judges scoring the bout 29-28 x 3 to grant Whittaker the win. This win is Whittaker’s second as it puts Cannonier’s 3 win streak to a halt. What’s next for the fighters?

  • Robert Whittaker
    • Israel Adesanya 2
  • Jared Cannonier
    • Yoel Romero

Khabib Nurmagomedov dominates Justin Gaethje

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia punches Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Khabib Nurmagomedov has ended his career with a flawless record of 29-0. The final win came from a triangle choke as he put former interim champ Justin Gaethje to sleep in the second after a back and forth first round. This win is probably the last time we will see Khabib in the UFC as this win extends his win record to 29 and stops the win streak of 4 of Gaethje.

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov
    • A Happy Retirement
  • Justin Gaethje
    • Michael Chandler

Up Next!

Next week the UFC is back in the APEX center as Uriah Hall faces off against Anderson Silva in the final bout of his fabled career


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