Here is your primer for UFC 254, which is set for Saturday Oct. 24 at Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island.

According to the UFC president Dana White, the numbers are already tracking towards “the biggest fight we’ve ever done” for UFC 254, which features the monster main event lightweight unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.

The pre-fight press conference happened earlier today. Both Khabib and Justin (and Dana) had a lot of interesting things to say. It’s worth watching below.

Both fighters looked relaxed, confident and respectful of each other. There was no need for any trash talk. Fans know what these guys can do and it is a bit refreshing to focus on the fight than the antics outside of it.

Gaethje talked about how he is happy that he can bring his hardworking parents along for the ride for this event and help repay them for the years of service raising and supporting his UFC dream.

Nurmagomedov was touched by the amazing BT tribute to his father, who recently passed away earlier this year.

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Let’s not forget the co-main event which features former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and streaking contender Jared Cannonier.

The UFC has another UFC 254 Countdown video, here:

What was up with Khabib’s weigh-in?  The official that conducted seemed to be pretty quick, not  waiting for the beam to balance properly before declaring Nurmagomedov had made weight. Watch it below and judge for yourself.

And now we have the official face-offs.

Enjoy the fights folks!

@kenaiandrews The UFC 254 Notebook