UFC 242 Main Event: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier

One of the most highly anticipated fights of the year takes place Saturday night inside The Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at UFC 242. Undefeated Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon to battle interim champion Dustin Poirier in a bout that will unify the belts. BetOnline.ag has all your wagering needs covered for this must-see slugfest. 


Kahbib’s last match saw him defeat rival Conor McGregor by submission at UFC 229 in October 2018. The thrilling victory was mired by a post-fight brawl between both camps that resulted in Khabib being fined $500,000 and suspended for nine months. Khabib has reportedly left his feud with McGregor behind (for now) and is ready to extend his winning streak to 28.  

Meanwhile, Poirier is primed to dethrone the champ after seizing the interim lightweight strap with a unanimous decision victory over Max Holloway at UFC 236. Of Poirier’s 25 career victories, 19 have come by either knockout or submission. He shines in the spotlight and will relish the opportunity to defeat a guy some have called unbeatable. 

With a reach advantage, Poirier prefers to strike hard and fast with his fists. His best shot of springing the upset involves landing quick, clean, heavy blows to stagger or stun the potentially rusty champ. He also has to avoid becoming entangled in Khabib’s measured up-close mauling. If he’s taken down, he must escape quickly or it could be lights out. Poirier has the endurance to go the distance but the shorter the fight, the better his chances. 

Khabib is the superior grappler and his ground-and-pound style will give Poirier fits. He is the definition of intimidating and isn’t afraid to unload a steady flow of trash talk as the match progresses. If he takes Poirier to the mat early, things will get ugly. He’s notched 17 wins by knockout or submission, but as his ten wins by decision will attest, Khabib isn’t adverse to drawing things out and going to the score card. 

Khabib is a master at getting his opponent to the mat, while Poirier excels at staying on his feet. It’s a classic contrast in styles showdown that could go the distance. Even after the long layoff, Khabib will be too much to handle in this one.


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