Khabib Nurmagomedov-Dustin Poirier Lightweight Title Bout Official for UFC 242

By Cole Shelton Jun 4, 2019


The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.

The fight has been rumored to take place at the card ever since Poirier won the interim lightweight title at UFC 236 on April 13. Now the contest is officially signed, according to the Las Vegas-based promotion.

Nurmagomedov is coming off of a fourth-round submission win over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 to defend his lightweight title. The Russian is 27-0 as a pro, and has notable wins over the likes of Al Iaquinta, Rafael dos Anjos, and Edson Barboza, among others.

Poirier, meanwhile, is the interim lightweight champion after beating Max Holloway by decision at UFC 236. The win extended his winning streak to four with additional wins over Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis and Justin Gaethje.

UFC 242 is set to take place in Abu Dhabi on Sept. 7, with Nurmagomedov vs. Poirier serving as the main event.

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