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UFC 242 - Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier Watch Online
Undefeated UFC Lightweight Champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, returns to the Octagon to face interim Lightweight Champion, Dustin Poirier in UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
On Saturday, September 7, 2019 two of the best lightweights in the world collide in UFC 242: Nurmagomedov vs Poirier. Khabib vs Poirier watch online at a special start time of 2 p.m. eastern standard time live from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This is the 3rd UFC card to air from the United Arab Emirates with the first occurring at UFC 112 on April 10, 2010. That card was headlined by the legendary Anderson "the Spider" Silva defending his middleweight title against Demian Maia. On the under card of UFC 112, B.J. "the Prodigy" Penn would lose his lightweight title, in what was considered a stunner at the time, to Frankie "the Answer" Edgar. Nine years later, the UFC returns to Abu Dhabi with another lightweight title clash; will history repeat itself?
Khabib "the Eagle" Nurmagomedov has been a dominant force in the UFC lightweight division and has remained undefeated through 27 pro fights in mixed martial arts. Nurmagomedov won the lightweight title in his last bout defeating "the Notorious" Conor McGregor via rear naked choke in the 4th round of their matchup at UFC 229 on October 6, 2018. McGregor was the biggest name in the sport and there was an intense rivalry full of heated words and actions that preceded the UFC 229 bout. Those harsh feelings exploded again after the conclusion of the bout resulting in a brawl inside the octagon that garnered worldwide attention. As a result of their post fight actions, Nurmagomedov was suspended or 9 months and McGregor for 6 months. Now fresh off suspension, and a bigger star that ever due to his win over McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov looks to make his first title defense against interim lightweight champion Dustin "the Diamond" Poirier. Khabib vs Poirier watch online and see which champion comes out on top.
Dustin "the Diamond" Poirier is a longtime veteran of the UFC and has a record of 25 wins, 5, losses and 1 no-contest. Like Khabib, Dustin Poirier is also coming off the biggest win of his career. At UFC 236 on April 13, 2019, Poirier defeated Max "Blessed" Holloway for the interim lightweight title by unanimous decision after 5 tough rounds in the octagon. UFC president Dana White had decided to make an interim title in the event that Khabib Nurmagomedov decided against a return to the UFC (Nurmagomedov was upset with his suspension and the suspension/expulsion of his teammates involved in the post-fight brawl by the UFC and the Nevada Athletic Commission). Poirier was considered the underdog against the UFC featherweight champion Holloway who was moving up in weight to seek a second belt, but his power advantage and strong wrestling carried him to victory. Khabib vs Poirier watch online to see if Dustin "the Diamond" Poirier can spring his second straight upset.
The match up at UFC 242 pits the dominant wrestling of the undefeated Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov vs the boxing heavy offense of Dustin "the Diamond" Poirier. The consensus thought is that Khabib has a significant advantage if he can secure take downs and contest this fight on the mat. While Poirier is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and capable of both avoiding submissions and attempting his own from his back, Khabib is a different animal on the ground. Perhaps no fighter in the UFC has proven more difficult to remove from a dominant position that Khabib Nurmagomedov, a two time Russian combat sambo champion, who routinely batters his opponents on the ground with a mixture of great technique and overwhelming strength. If Poirier, can stop Khabib's take downs and keep this fight on the feet that is where things get interesting. If there is a weakness to the undefeated Nurmagomedov's game it is his striking defense. In fights against Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta, Khabib's tendency to leave his hands low and his chin exposed was highlighted and left him eating punches at times. Poirier's boxing is arguably his greatest strength with 7 knockouts in his UFC career including 2 recent knockouts of Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez. Khabib vs Poirier watch online to see if Khabib can take the fight to the ground or if Poirier can make it a stand up boxing affair.
Beyond the classic wrestler versus striker dynamic that this clash of two champions features are two potential x-factors that could decide the outcome of the bout. The first is whether this fight is contested in close quarters or at distance. With his Russian combat sambo background, Khabib Nurmagomedov thrives in close quarters. Even if he's unsuccessful in taking Poirier to the ground, Khabib would be more than happy to use his strong clinch work and deceptively effective short upper cuts and hooks to beat up Poirier against the cage. Dustin Poirier would prefer this fight happens at distance so his superior hand speed can shine and expose Khabib's defensive shortcoming. Poirier will want to stick and move and be careful not to put his back to the cage in an attempt to keep Khabib at distance. Khabib will want to get a hold of Poirier any way he can and make the fight happen in a phone booth, if not on the ground. Khabib can actually win a fight that stays mostly standing provided it occurs on his terms: in close range. The second x-factor is conditioning and this is where Dustin Poirier may have an advantage in the Abu Dhabi heat. Khabib typically mauls his opponents to the point where they are too worn down to offer much resistance. However, Khabib has shown a propensity to slow down by the third round if he has not managed to dispatch of his opponent by that time. Perhaps his worst rounds in recent memory were the 3rd rounds of his last two fights against Iaquinta and McGregor where he slowed noticeably and took a lot of damage on the feet. To his credit, Khabib came back to win both of these fights, but the cardio advantage is with Poirier. If Poirier can take this fight in to the championship rounds (rounds 4 & 5) his chances for an upset increase substantially. Khabib vs Poirier watch online to see if Khabib asserts his dominance early or if Poirier can take him to deep waters.