UFC 242 will see the return of pound for pound star Khabib Nurmagomedov as he puts his lightweight Championship title on the line against interim champion Dustin Poirier. The event will be taking place on the 7th of September at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This main event has already proved a popular punting market with many using the latest online promo codes as Khabib is the general 2/7 for victory. Here we cover the credentials of the two fighters heading into this hugely anticipated main event.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

The 30-year-old Russian known as “the Eagle” has an unbeaten professional record of 27 wins. This includes eight wins by knockout, nine by submission and ten by decision. This is why he is currently ranked third in the pound for pound standings within the UFC. Khabib fights out of Dagestan, Russia and is part of the American Kickboxing Academy, which he has been part of since 2012. Khabib entered the UFC in 2011 with a record of 16-0, following success in the circuits of Russia and the Ukraine. This was originally a six fight deal to compete in the lightweight division. By UFC 223 Khabib got his shot at the title and beat Al Iaquinta, who had stepped in following both Ferguson and then Holloway being ruled out of the fight. Khabib’s most recent fight saw him face off against Conor McGregor in his first defence of his title. This turned out to be one of the biggest events in the history of the sport as Khabib won in the fourth round via submission in what was a very dominant performance.

 

Dustin Poirier

The 30-year-old American is known as “the Diamond” and has a professional record of 25 wins, five losses and 1 no contest from his 31 fights. This includes 12 wins via knockout, seven by submission and six via decision. Dustin fights out of Florida, USA and is part of the American top team, which he has been part of since 2012. He is also one of the leading fighters in the sport and sits at number eight in the pound for pound rankings.

Poirier joined the UFC roster when the World Extreme cage fighting merged with the Ultimate fighting championship in 2010. He was victorious in his first fight in the UFC when beating number one lightweight contender Josh Grispi via unanimous decision.

He has continued to be a very active fighter in the UFC and made his most recent appearance at UFC 236 when facing off against Max Holloway for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. This was another victory as he won by unanimous decision, which earnt him the fight of the night award. This led to him now getting a shot at the title with Khabib at UFC 242.

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