September 7, 2019. Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs. Dustin Poireir
September cannot come fast enough for UFC fans. This UFC 242 championship fight is the highlight of the fighting world right now. Khabib Nurmagomedov is currently the lightheavyweight champion of the world, and looks to defend that. His fighting records is 27-0 right now, and Dustin Poireir (25-5) could be the first person to hand him a loss. Poireir is currently the interim title holder. Both fighters have experience fighting against Conor McGregor. Khabib won his fight with McGregor in October, while Poireir lost to him in 2014. The title fight will be in Abu Dhabi, in a temporary stadium constructed specifically for the fight night. The September 7 fight will be the first one here since 2015.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0)
The last time Khabib “The Eagle”, fought was against McGregor in October, when he submitted him in the 4th round. He was then suspended from the UFC following the brawl that ensued outside the venue between both camps. The ban lasts until July, but he will be eligible to fight when September 7th rolls around. His two teammates that were suspended during the altercation will also be eligible to fight. Nurmagomedov has not lost a match in professional mixed martial arts with 29 victories. Khabib signed a new contract with the UFC at the time of the booking. According to his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, this makes Nurmagomedov the highest paid fighter in the UFC right now.
Khabib is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC right now, according to Ali Abdelaziz. He has never lost, nor has he been knocked down or caught. They are very happy with the contract recently signed and said the negotiations were smooth, quick and simple. Khabib is also happy that he will have his father in his corner during the UFC 242 matchup.
Dustin Poireir (25-5 1 NC)
Dustin “The Diamond” Poireir fights out of Florida, and has a shot at Khabib for the lightheavyweight championship this fall. He is currently on a 6 fight win streak, with knockouts over significant opponents such as Eddie Alvarez, and Anthony Pettis. Dana White believes the “rapidly improving fighter” is perfect for this championship match. The “perfect storm” for Dustin is set. He has the chance to catch the fighting world off guard, and cement his name among the greats of today. The last 5 wins that Poireir had were all against the cream of the crop, 155 lb fighters, making swift work of most. He just came off perhaps his best fight yet when he defeated the featherweight champion Max Holloday in 5 rounds in UFC 236. Dustin has been fighting professionally since 2009. He is 5′ 9″ and weighs 155lbs with a 72 in reach.
Contenders Next in Line
The next fighter in line behind Poireir to get a chance to fight Khabib is no. 2 ranked Tony Ferguson. His next fight is against the 4th ranked fighter, Donald Cerrone. The winner of that fight should be the next to get a chance at the title.. but there is a catch or two:
The first catch: Georges St. Pierre comes out of retirement in order to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFc 242. They had previously been talks about this huge potential fight before Georges St. Pierre retired earlier this year. Georges “Rush” St. Pierre and Khabib had nearly come to a complete agreement before fight politics abruptly destroyed the chances of the fight, and St. Pierre left the sport. Khabib’s new contract with the UFC has a clause in it that would allow “The Eagle” and GSP to fight. This new contract does not state the conditions involved with it. If GSP decides to come out of retirement to fight Nurmagomedov, he is guaranteed a title shot. This could even occur on September 7th, skipping over Dustin Poirier according to the clause.
The second catch: Conor Mcgregor could decide to come back to the UFC to fight, instead of continuing his boxing career. As of now, Mcgregor is more interested in a rematch with Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring than the UFC. The interesting issue is the fact that Mcgregor is the highest PPV asset the UFC has. He is a guaranteed fat paycheck for the organization and everyone involved in his fights. This allows him to pick and choose when he wants to fight and against who. While the UFC tries to control and steer the fight lineup in order to provide the most entertaining fights, a handful of fighters have the pull and influence necessary to choose their fights. If Conor Mcgregor comes back to the UFC wanting to fight Khabib, he will most likely get the chance for a title shot after UFC 242.
The undercard for UFC 242 is still in the works. It currently has:
Khalid Taha vs. Bruno Silva – Bruno Silva has a 40lb advantage over his opponent in this one. Let’s see how that plays out.
Justin Gaethje vs Conor Mcgregor? – Recently, Gaethje posted on social media in an attempt to lure Mcgregor into the ring with him at 242.