September 6th, 2019

UFC 242 – Khabib Nurmagomedov v Dustin Poirier

The month of September for the UFC is action packed and our first event is headlined by a huge Lightweight title fight.

This Saturday the 7th of September UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will take on interim-Lightweight challenger Dustin โ€˜The Diamondโ€™ Poirier in Abu Dhabi.

Khabib v Conor McGregor

Khabib Nurmagomedov has been on a terrifying unbeaten 27-0 fight win streak, recording his biggest victory to date last time out.

It was eleven months ago he defeated Conor McGregor in arguably the most anticipated UFC bout of all time.

Nurmagomedov forced McGregor to tap out in the fourth round before jumping the octagon fence and pouncing on the Irishman’s team. An all-out brawl broke out inside the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The current 155-pound champion will defend his title for only the second time against another top contender.

The Eagle v The Diamond

This will be the third time the UFC’s famous octagon will hold an event in Abu Dhabi, and the first time Khabib’s father will attend one of his son’s UFC bouts.

Khabib ‘The Eagle’ turns his attention to Dustin ‘The Diamond’ inside The Arena, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi come Saturday night.

The classic wrestler v striker match-up, however Khabib’s wrestling is unlike no other. His ability to drag opponents to the ground, suffocate them with constant pressure until forced into submission is frightening.

The American Poirier, has excellent striking, good takedown defense and is a former All-American wrestler.

A veteran of the UFC with a 25-5 record, Poirier has worked his way up the ladder and finally proven why he deserves a title shot against the Russian champion. This will his toughest task to date.

Prediction-Khabib by decision

Edson Barbosa v Paul Felder-The rematch

A rematch from their first fight in 2015, Lightweights Edson Barbosa and Paul ‘The Irish Dragon’ Felder will face off for a second time inside the octagon on Saturday night.

Decorated kickboxer Barbosa is a man who is considered to have the best leg kicks in the sport and has the upper hand winning the first bout via decision.

Barbosa will look to get back in the win column after a first round knockout loss to Justin Gaethje last time out. While Felder wants to build on a decision victory over James Vick in February of this year.

This one should be fireworks. It really could go either way inside the three rounds.

Prediction-Felder by decision

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