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UFC 242: Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier to unify lightweight title

The UFC confirmed today that light champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0-0) and interim champion Dustin Poirier (25-5-0) will unify the title at Abu Dhabi’s UFC 242 in September.

Nurmagomedov, 30, is still under suspension by the NSAC for the incident with Conor McGregor at last October’s UFC 229, but will be eligible for competition July 6. In addition, the suspensions for his teammates Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov were reduced two weeks ago.

Poirier, 30, recently beat featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 236 for the interim belt.

UFC 242 is scheduled for Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi. Current bouts include:

Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0-0) vs. Dustin Poirier (25-5-0, 1NC)

Belal Muhammad (15-3-0) vs. Takashi Sato (15-2-0)

Khalid Taha (13-2-0) vs. Bruno Gustavo Aparecido Da Silva (10-3-2)

Curtis Blaydes (11-2-0) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-4-0)

Teemu Packalen (8-2-0) vs. Ottman Azaitar (11-0-0)


More details on UFC 242, such as a site venue, are expected to be announced shortly.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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