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UFC 254 real or not: Justin Gaethje will take Khabib Nurmagomedov's title, then call out Conor McGregor

The Gaethje-Khabib lightweight title fight is high on intrigue, but what happens after Saturday's main event could be just as interesting.

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Why the confusion over scoring takedowns might impact Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje

Khabib is a master at takedowns, but how to score them seems open to interpretation, and that's a problem.

'IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT FIGHT'

Gaethje says he'll need to take consciousness from Khabib to win

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How Gaethje uses pressure to land power punches

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Inside Justin Gaethje's journey from a mining town to MMA stardom

Justin Gaethje's family heritage was forged in Arizona copper mines, but a fighting spirit charted his path to a UFC title shot.

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Inside the hat that helped shape Khabib's identity

Khabib Nurmagomedov's papakha has become the most significant impulse purchase in UFC history.

THE BEST OF KHABIB

Khabib Nurmagomedov's best UFC fights

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How Khabib gets takedowns against the cage

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UFC TAKEAWAYS

UFC Fight Island takeaways: Brian Ortega's title shot is deserved; Jessica Andrade a contender at 125

Ortega showed improved striking in his win over Chan Sung Jung, while Andrade finished top contender Katlyn Chookagian in her flyweight debut.

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UFC results, analysis: Andrade, Crute make quick work on Fight Island

Andrade's win may catapult her to the No. 1 ranking, while Crute remains one of the UFC's top prospects.

BEST OF FIGHT NIGHT

Ortega drops Korean Zombie in Round 2

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Crute flattens Bukauskas with massive right hook

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MCGREGOR ACCEPTS FIGHT

Helwani: It's never easy with Conor McGregor and the UFC, but end result is always worth it

If the goal is to have McGregor fight for the title, waiting till January for his next bout seems strange, but at least his return seems near.

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Stephen A.'s advice to Conor McGregor

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