Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim titleholder Dustin Poirier is now official for UFC 242.
The promotion announced the fight two weeks after clearing a roadblock when the Nevada Athletic Commission reduced the suspensions of Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov. They are both Nurmagomedov teammates and took part in the brawl at UFC 229.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) June 4, 2019
Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) technically is still under a nine-month suspension for inciting the brawl last October following a submission win over Conor McGregor. His term ends July 6, well before UFC 242 on Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi.
“That’s a big challenge to go over there”, Poirier (25-5 MMA, 17-4 UFC) said. “Nurmagomedov is probably one of the biggest Muslim stars, sports stars for sure. To go into enemy territory and fight their guy is going to be a huge challenge. But that’s what you sign up for.”