UFC 242 preview: Khabib Nurmagomedov v Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi

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By Simon Head
MMA author
The UFC octagon has landed in the desert night, as Abu Dhabi plays host on Saturday into UFC 242.
As he faces champion Dustin Poirier at a title unification bout, and the world champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is set for the primary event.
The undefeated Russian most recently finished Conor McGregor via entry at UFC 229 in 2018 and has published a record.
Despite his own unblemished record and displays during his UFC career, Nurmagomedov, 30, said he is accepting the challenge of Poirier very seriously, but admitted because he appears to successfully defend his title, his strategy is no different for his previous matchups.
«Dustin Poirier’s a very challenging competition,» Nurmagomedov said on Wednesday in the UFC 242 receptive workouts. «I do not want to dismiss him. He’s got a great deal of experience. But when I go to the cage make him tap. This is my strategy.»
Nurmagomedov faces a contender who thinks his moment is represented by their event matchup as a professional fighter.
The Poirier, 30 of america, heads into the octagon since the UFC interim lightweight champion, having defeated world champion Max Holloway at April and is in the form of his career.
Speaking at the workouts , pre-fight underdog Poirier stated he is ready to prove the doubters wrong.
«I’ve had naysayers my whole life and defeat the chances,» he explained.
«I’m only in the moment, appreciative of this chance and won’t allow it to slide through my hands. I’m here to take benefit of the, capitalise and be the undisputed world champion.
«I’ve had lessons in losses and picking myself off the floor. Being undefeated is incredible. It’s hard to do against the competition he’s [Nurmagomedov] faced. But I’ve learned lessons via mistake and succeed that he’s never heard yet, through trial. There’s a thing about picking yourself off the ground time and time again and chasing your dreams.
«I simply can’t be broken. I am not going to be broken. I am here to make history.»
Additionally top of the invoice at Abu Dhabi are fighters that are top American Paul Felder and Brazilian Edson Barboza, that confront each other in an rematch.
This battle has no bad blood or crap talk, using Felder stating their approach will be appreciated by fans of martial arts — and the battle.
«That is all about martial arts for me,» Felder said at the workouts.
«It is because I love everything I do. That Edson is. I guarantee that is what we’re going to place on display for you guys, a war of martial arts and integrity.»
Two fighters at several points in their careers are set to confront opponents on Saturday.
The Joanne Calderwood of scotland is currently looking to push her promises to get a shot in the women’s flyweight title in her UFC contest with victory over contender Andrea Lee.
And Manchester’s undefeated lightweight Lerone Murphy will look to spring a shock on his octagon introduction when he chooses Nurmagomedov’s team-mate Zubaira Tukhugov about the card.

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