UFC 254 play-by-play and live results (11 a.m. ET)

ABU DHABI – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC 254 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT).

The event takes place at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2/ESPN+ and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

In the main event, dominant lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) takes on interim champ Justin Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a title unification bout. In the co-feature, Jared Cannonier (13-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) tries to keep his streak going and cement a possible title shot when he meets former middleweight champ Robert Whittaker (21-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC).

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 11 a.m. ET for the ESPN+ early prelims, noon for the ESPN2/ESPN+ prelims and 2 p.m. for the main card on pay-per-view.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC 254 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporter John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev

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Records: Joel Alvarez (17-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Alexander Yakovlev (25-10-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick

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Records: Liana Jojua (8-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Miranda Maverick (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
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Sam Alvey vs. Da Un Jung

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Records: Sam Alvey (33-14 MMA, 10-9 UFC), Da Un Jung (13-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+
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Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov

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Records: Alex Oliveira (22-8-1 MMA, 11-6 UFC), Shavkat Rakhmonov (12-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Broadcast: ESPN2/ESPN+
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Casey Kenney vs. Nathaniel Wood

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Records: Casey Kenney (15-2-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Nathaniel Wood (17-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
Division: 140-pound contract weight
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Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa

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Records: Stefan Struve (29-12 MMA, 13-10 UFC), Tai Tuivasa (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
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Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba

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Records: Magomed Ankalaev (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Ion Cutelaba (15-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Broadcast: Pay-per-view
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Lauren Murphy vs. Liliya Shakirova

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Records: Lauren Murphy (13-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC), Liliya Shakirova (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
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Phil Hawes vs. Jacob Malkoun

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Records: Phil Hawes (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Jacob Malkoun (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
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Walt Harris vs. Alexander Volkov

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Records: Walt Harris (13-8 MMA, 6-7 UFC), Alexander Volkov (31-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
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Jared Cannonier vs. Robert Whittaker

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Records: Jared Cannonier (13-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC), Robert Whittaker (21-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje

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Records: Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC), Justin Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
Broadcast: Pay-per-view
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