Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier Set For Sept. 7 at UFC 242Earlier this month, the UFC announced that lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov would put his title on the line on September 7. Nurmagomedov’s opponent on that night will be interim UFC lightweight titleholder Dustin Poirier. The bout, which takes place in Abu Dhabi, headlines the UFC 242 pay-per-view card. The two fighters will be in London on Wednesday for a media-only press conference, which begins at 10 a.m ET. UFC 242 takes place at The Arena on Yas Island. Nurmagomedov has not fought since he defended his belt in October with a submission win over former two-division champion Conor McGregor. The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Nurmagomedov after he leaped from the cage that night in Las Vegas in an attempt to get his hands on Dillon Danis, who was in the corner of his opponent for the fight. Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor served as the main event of UFC 229. The event took place at T-Mobile Arena. The win was Nurmagomedov’s 27th victory as an MMA fighter and his first defense of the 155-pound title he won in April 2018 with a decision over Al Iaquinta. Poirier has been on a noteworthy run since he moved from featherweight to lightweight in April 2015. Poirier’s record during that stretch is 9-1 with one no contest. He is currently unbeaten in his past six outings and he has earned five fight-night bonus awards during that stretch. Poirier won the interim title in April with a decision win over UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. UFC 242 will mark Poirier’s first attempt at an undisputed UFC title. Ahead of the UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos ceremonial weigh-ins at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the promotion is promoting a bunch of their summer events by hosting a press conference with many of the combatants on those cards. Among those scheduled for the event are Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar (who fight at UFC 240 on July 27th in Edmonton, AB); Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic (UFC 241 on August 17th in Anaheim, CA); and Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier (UFC 242 on September 7th in Abu Dhabi, UAE). Also expected to be in attendance is UFC president Dana White. Khabib Nurmagomedov issues fresh statement on Dustin Poirier lightweight title fight date The press conference is expected to start around 5:30pm, and you can watch along right here at Bloody Elbow. As mentioned, the UFC 239 ceremonial weigh-ins will follow that, with the card going down tomorrow night in Vegas. It will be headlined by a UFC light heavyweight title title fight between Jon Jones and Thiago Santos Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier will meet in the highly-anticipated lightweight title fight on Sept. 7 at UFC 242, UFC president Dana White confirmed on Tuesday on ESPN’s SportsCenter. The match will take place in Abu Dhabi and will be Nurmagomedov’s first fight since beating Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in October. After the fight, Nurmagomedov and McGregor got into a melee, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed Nurmagomedov a nine-month suspension for it. Nurmagomedov, 30, was already expected to return to the Octagon for UFC 242, and his agent Ali Abdelaziz shared last month that the fighter wants to defend his lightweight title three times in less than a year. Nurmagomedov (27–0) has never lost a UFC fight and is the lightweight champion, while Poirier (25–5, 1 NC) is the interim titleholder after beating Max Holloway at UFC 236 in April. Louisiana’s Poirier set up an 155lbs showdown with the undefeated Nurmagomedov earlier this month by claiming the interim lightweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Max Holloway at UFC 236. It’s understood the UFC brass are keen on having the pair face one another in Abu Dhabi in September, though the promotion has yet to announce a pay-per-view event in the capital of the UAE. But according to Nurmagomedov, negotiations over his second title defence are currently ongoing.
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