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UFC 254 set to start at 11 a.m. ET, main event should start at 4:30 p.m.

UFC 254 has a unique start time due to its Eastern European appeal.

UFC 254: Khabib v Gaethje Weigh-in Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

UFC 254 is set to get underway in just a few minutes at the Fight Island location in the United Arab Emirates. The early preliminary card starts at 11 a.m. ET, the preliminary card starts at approximately noon, and the main card starts at approximately 2 p.m. ET. The main event featuring Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov and American fighter Justin Gaethje is slated to start at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET.

The early preliminary card will stream on UFC Fight Pass. The preliminary card will air on ESPN2 and ESPN+. The main card will stream exclusively in PPV on ESPN+.

UFC cards normally don’t start until closer to 6 p.m. ET, but this is a unique one. The main event features a lightweight unification title fight between Khabib and Gaethje. Due to Khabib’s global popularity, and particularly in Eastern Europe, Dana White and UFC have decided to go with an earlier start time.