This Saturday, the UFC heads to Abu Dhabi for UFC 242.
Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to the Octagon to defend the UFC Lightweight Championship from the interim champion, Dustin Poirier.
Get a special ESPN+ deal here to watch Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier and the rest of the PPV main card this Saturday, September 7.
The main event bout will be Nurmagomedov’s first fight since he defeated Conor McGregor by fourth-round submission at UFC 229 in October last year. You can watch the full fight video of that bout here.
While Nurmagomedov was away from competition, Poirier snagged the interim title by defeating Max Holloway at UFC 236 in April. That win moved Poirier to an official five-fight winning streak. Poirier has now won nine of his last ten bouts, not including the ‘no contest’ result against Eddie Alvarez.
In the co-main event of UFC 242, Edson Barboza and Paul Felder will collide in a lightweight rematch. Barboza came out on top when the two met back in July 2015, winning the fight by unanimous decision.
UFC 242 Fight Card
Abu Dhabi – Saturday, September 7
Main Card (ESPN+ PPV, 2 p.m. ET)
- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier
- Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder
- Islam Makhachev vs. Davi Ramos
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
- Mairbek Taisumov vs. Diego Ferreira
Prelims (ESPN+, 12:00 p.m. ET)
- Joanne Calderwood vs. Andrea Lee
- Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lerone Murphy
- Liana Jojua vs. Sarah Moras
- Ottman Azaitar vs. Teemu Packalen
Early Prelims (ESPN+, 10:15 a.m. ET)
- Belal Muhammad vs. Takashi Sato
- Nordine Taleb vs. Muslim Salikhov
- Omari Akhmedov vs. Zak Cummings
- Don Madge vs. Fares Ziam
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.