It's another action-packed pay-per-view card at UFC 254 on Fight Island, headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje squaring off.
Our handicapper Reed Kuhn gives his value bets for the card.
Co-Main Event: Middleweights No. 3 Jared Cannonier -115 vs No. 1 Robert Whittaker + 150
The UFC is positioning Cannonier for a potential title shot by pitting him against the former middleweight champion Whittaker. It’s an important matchup for the division, but it could also steal the show before the main event starts.
These two striking specialists are likely to give fans a standup duel before a main event that could turn into a positional fight. With minimal takedown attempts to date (just 10 between them combined), and a complete lack of any submission attempts, we should expect Whittaker and Cannonier to stand and trade for the majority of the fight. And that’s where we’ll see a close striking matchup on paper.