UFC lightweight champion Khabin Nurmagomedov is all set to defend his lightweight title against interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier at Abu Dabhi on September 7. Dana White announced it officially that both fighters will fight at UFC 242.
Dustin Poirier is coming off of a unanimous decision victory against UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, who was moving up in weight class to challenge for the interim title at UFC 236 which took place in State Farm Arena in April.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier for the UFC lightweight title is official for Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi, per Dana White moments ago on @SportsCenter.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 4, 2019
On the other hand, Khabib is coming off of a submission victory against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 last October. That fight sold the highest number of PPV buys in the history of the UFC. After the fight, Khabib started a brawl with McGregor’s teammates for which he was banned for nine months. His suspension officially ended on April 6.
The venue is yet to be determined.