Khabib Nurmagomedov submits Dustin Poirier at UFC 242

Live results and play-by-play updates from Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Saturday, September 7.

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Round one

Poirier comes out and stands in the center. Staying low. Outside leg kick lands for him. Nurmagomedov patient. Poirier comes forward and misses with a leg kick. Poirier front kick is caught but Poirier maintains balance and escapes. Nurmagomedov yet to throw anything. He’s since regained control of the center, though, and Poirier backs up outside the black tape. Inside leg kick for Poirier lands and then he goes to the body. Nurmagomedov moves forward and lands two punches to the head.

Nurmagomedov’s first takedown attempt. Classic Nurmagomedov takedown against the cage. Poirier does well to avoid danger early. Eventually turns and tries to escape but Nurmagomedov follows. He gives up his back easily and Nurmagomedov is on the back now. No hooks. Poirier almost flattened out. Khabib tried for a choke but wasn’t able to get under the chin of Poirier. Poirier eating some hard shots now. One hook in for Nurmagomedov now and he attempts to finish a rear-naked choke finish across the chin, not a strangle, but definitely painful. Poirier hangs in there. He stands. Khabib maintains waist control and drags Poirier back to his knees. A trip by the champion sees Poirier fall to the mat. Poirier again gives his back. Attempts to switch but Nurmagomedov maintains control. He’s got the leg mount position now, as Poirier’s back is against the cage. Posturing up and landing some heavy ground and pound to finish round one.

A dominant latter half of the round from the champ. Submission attempts. Control. Ground and pound.

The Body Lock scores round one for Khabib Nurmagomedov (10-8)

Round two

Nurmagomedov taking control of the center far too easily. Poirier working close to the cage, where Khabib normally shoots for takedowns. Poirier lands some big punches and swarms Nurmagomedov. Khabib’s now circling to separate and reset. Nurmagomedov looks vulnerable. Poirier slinging hard shots from close range. Seems to be tiring, though. He backs to the cage and Nurmagomedov shoots for another takedown.

Poirier had his chances on the feet before the takedown but got reckless and eventually gave up control of the center too easily.

Khabib now working from front headlock near the cage. Poirier turns and Khabib maintains control. Strong leg mount with head pressure against Poirier, who now has his back against the cage. Wrist control by Khabib as he starts to posture up now. Definitely starting to tire Poirier. He turns to his knees and starts to stand. Nurmagoemdov still has control as Poirier stands and keeps pushing him against the cage. Another takedown for Nurmagomedov. Strong control from Khabib against the cage, he separates for a second before then driving forward to the hips of Poirier. Making Poirier carry his weight near the cage now.

Dominant grappling by Nurmagomedov, again.

The Body Lock scores round two for Nurmagomedov (10-9)

Round three

A slower start from both fighters. After some striking Khabib drives Poirier back to the cage again. Poirier latches onto the guillotine choke and has a great grip. Squeezes hard. Khabib almost slips his head out, but Poirier adjusts and starts to squeeze again while Khabib is in his full guard. Tight choke, but Khabib turns and escapes.

In a matter of seconds, Nurmagomedov explodes and takes a dominant position against Poirier. He gave it all during the submission attempt. Nurmagomedov digs one hook and now starts controlling the back of Poirier. He goes after the rear-naked choke and slides the arm under the chin before finishing the rear-naked choke.

Official Result: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Dustin Poirier via submission (rear-naked choke) – R3, 2:06

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