The mixed martial arts event of the Ultimate Combat Championship (UFC) will hold a series of matches for the third time in Abu Dhabi.
In the event titled UFC 242, it will be contested for a title involving star fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier.
Khabib Nurmagomedov will play the unification of the light championship defending his belt against provisional champion Dustin Poirier.
This will be Nurmagomedov’s inaugural match since winning Conor McGregor’s light duel at UFC 229 on October 6, 2018.
Nurmagomedov has been sentenced to a nine-month ban from playing due to riots in the match.
While the fighter nicknamed The Eagles served his term of duty, the UFC gave a temporary title at UFC 236.
In a duel at the State Farm Arena, United States (US), April 13, Dustin Poirier emerged as the winner of his opponent, Max Holloway.
Despite having a perfect match record (27 matches still won), Khabib Nurmagomedov remains aware of Dustin Poirier’s abilities.
When he was asked to compare himself with previous opponents, Conor McGregor, Nurmagomedov firmly claimed to be more “scared” by Poirier.
“Dustin beat many good fighters in the lightweight division,” Nurmagomedov said at the UFC 242 teleconference on Friday (8/30/2019), local time.
“McGregor only won once in the Light division, and this has been going on for a very long time, which is why Dustin is better than him,” he said.
UFC 242 will take place at Du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday (07/09/2019) local time.
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Here’s the complete schedule of the UFC 242 matches:
Early Preliminary Card
Belal Muhammad vs Takashi Sato
Nordine Taleb vs Muslim Salikhov
Omari Akhmedov vs Zak Cummings
Don Madge vs Fares Ziam
Joanne Calderwood vs Andrea Lee
Zubaira Tukhugov vs Lerone Murphy
Lianai Jojua vs Sarah Moras
Ottman Azaitar vs Teemu Packalen
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier
Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder
Islam Makhachev vs Davi Ramos
Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov
Mairbek Taisumov vs Diego Ferrerira