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Top UFC Fights Scheduled for October 2020

| September 26, 2020 12:11 am PDT
Best UFC Fights to Watch in October 2020

When anyone brings up the month of October, UFC fights are probably not the first thing that comes to mind for most of us.

You might instead think, “Hey, it’s Halloween soon. Am I too old to dress up like a goblin?” Let me give you some advice — if you have to ask yourself that question, my friend, then you are definitely too old to dress up like a goblin.

For me, October is usually all about preparation. And I don’t mean harvesting food or collecting firewood. I mean preparing to be dragged by your pumpkin spice latte-loving girlfriend into the coffee house when all you want is a beer and a hotdog.

But that’s not all this beloved Autumnal month has to offer. Not this year anyway.

Prepare to smile, because the UFC is dropping some serious fights on us in October. The biggest of ’em all, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje, is essentially a gift-wrapped, early Christmas present from Dana White himself.

If that wasn’t enough, we have some other crackers at “Fight Island” to see us through International  Coffee Day on the 1st to Halloween on the 31st. So go grab yourself a beer and a hotdog —  or a pumpkin spice latte, if that’s your thing — and I’ll fill you in on the best UFC fights to watch in October 2020.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje

  • UFC 254 
  • October 24, 2020
  • Flash Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

This is the logical place to start, as there is no bigger fight in October than this.

Cancel any plans for Saturday, October 24, because this is not a fight you are allowed to miss. In fact, if I was a tyrannical dictator, I would make it compulsory for everyone to watch Khabib vs. Gaethje, whether you were betting on UFC 254 or not. Oh, and no one can use the bathroom during the fight. That’ll get you life imprisonment.

Luckily for you, I’m not a tyrant. At least not yet. But seriously, this is clearly one of the biggest UFC fights of the past decade and could possibly be Nurmagomedov’s last, or second last, career bout.

The UFC lightweight champion has terrified his division like old dudes in goblin costumes for the best part of a decade. His run to the title has been more recent, however. In April 2018, he beat Al Iaquinta to win the strap vacated by Conor McGregor. He then forced “The Notorious” to tap in their fight at UFC 229 in October over the same year to defend his crown.

The king of “smesh” then choked out Dustin Poirier only to have a bout with Tony Ferguson fall apart for the fifth time. Ferguson then took on Justin Gaethje for the interim 155-pound strap and was battered by the former WSOF lightweight king for five rounds.

We lost Khabib vs. Ferguson, but we gained Khabib vs. Gaethje. And oh boy is this fight going to be absolutely insane.

If you want to know more about this fight, I have a betting preview for Khabib vs. Gaethje for you to check out once you’ve read about the other fights, below.

Brian Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie

  • UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie
  • October 17, 2020
  • Flash Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

This fight was initially scheduled for December 2019 in Busan, only for Ortega’s injury to effectively end any hope of it happening.

Frankie Edgar stepped up to the plate but was stopped inside the first round. This marked the second consecutive fight that The Korean Zombie, known as Chan Sung Jung to his parents and the taxman, won by way of 1st round TKO.

Interestingly, it was also the ninth straight Zombie fight to end inside the distance, stretching all the way back to George Roop’s head-kick KO win at WEC 52 in 2010.

All in all, the South Korean has a record of 16-5, with just two wins and two losses going the distance. He is an all-action fighter that is still a huge fan favorite. Remember when he left the promotion to fulfill his Military Service obligations in 2014? It sucked, right?

But we have him back now, and he’s been doing pretty good since his return.

On October 17, he will get a chance to squash his beef with Brian Ortega. Unless you missed it the first time, Ortega slapped Korean “rapper” Jay Park at UFC 248 earlier this year. Check out what happened immediately after that slap.

Ortega later apologized, but the beef is real. So expect fireworks in this one, my friend.

To add even more spice, it turns out that that the UFC is pushing this as a featherweight title eliminator bout. Whoever wins this one gets a shot at Alexander Volkanovski’s strap.

Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana

  • UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Aldana
  • October 3, 2020
  • Flash Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Holly Holm is looking to push herself back into title contention with a win over Irene Aldana in a UFC Fight Night headliner on October 3.

Former bantamweight champion and multiple-time contender Holm is approaching the twilight of her career. If she is to have any chance of fighting for the title, she will have to find a way past the fierce Aldana.

The Mexican fighter knocked out the previously unbeaten Ketlen Vieira in one round back in December 2019, earning huge attention for the upset. She has a genuine chance of moving into contention for a shot at Amanda Nunes’ strap herself and it’s unlikely that she will get a better opportunity to fight for the title than this.

There’s no beef in this fight, but it should be a very exciting one. Both are excellent technical strikers and I’m looking forward to seeing who figures the other out.

Knockouts are not as common in women’s MMA, but I believe this one could end in a stoppage. Check out my Holm vs. Aldana betting preview for the latest odds and best bets for this fight.

Marlon Moraes vs. Cory Sandhagen

  • UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen
  • October 10, 2020
  • Flash Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Marlon Moraes’ win over Jose Aldo at UFC 245 in December 2019 secured his position as the rightful contender to Petr Yan’s bantamweight strap.

The Brazilian had to work hard for the win,  earning a split decision over featherweight legend Aldo. Having been sidelined with health issues, Moraes is now back to prove why he deserves to fight for the 135-pound title once more.

Corey Sandhagen is also chasing a shot at the title. The Coloradan was submitted by in Round 1 by Aljamain Sterling at UFC 250 in June, which effectively pushed him further down the pecking order. A win in this fight would be huge for “The Sandman.”

This is an excellent matchup that deserves the headline spot on October 10. Both guys will come into this with destroy or be destroyed attitudes and that could make for a few additions to the UFC’s highlight reel in 2020.

Islam Makhachev vs. Rafael dos Anjos

  • UFC 254 
  • October 24, 2020
  • Flash Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

And the last of my top five fights for October 2020 sees rising star Islam Makhachev take on former UFC lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos.

This fight is on the undercard of Khabib vs. Gaaethje at UFC 254 and should make for an awesome fight. It will give Makhachev the chance to extend his win streak to six fights and add a big name to his resume.

Dos Anjos returns to lightweight for the first time since losing to Tony Ferguson in November 2016. At 1-4 from his last five fights at welterweight, it appears that the 35-year-old is throwing the dice here.

The main reason for dos Anjos moving up to welterweight was the difficulty he was facing cutting down to 155. Providing he can move down without any problems, this should be an awesome fight.

Makhachev could make a huge name for himself on the night. By the same token, dos Anjos could revive his career by beating the Russian.

I can’t wait.

Closing Words

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to the big UFC fights in October. From Khabib vs. Gaethje to Moraes vs. Sandhagen, it will be a month of huge fights.

Of course, there are plenty of other fights to look forward to as well. If you’re looking to bet on any of the fights through the month, make sure to check out our sports betting picks section for fight previews, predictions, odds, and best bets.

Let me know which fight you are most looking forward to in the comments section, below!

Oh, and I was just joking about the goblin costume. Express yourself, my friend!

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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