Nurmagomedov faces interim champion Poirier in a title unification battle.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to the Octagon to take on interim champion Dustin Poirier today at UFC 242.
Nurmagomedov (27-0) is coming off a successful title defence over heated rival Conor McGregor last year. Nurmagomedov, unbeaten, is coming off a nine-month suspension, the result of him leaping over the Octagon fence and attacking Conor McGregor's corner after he submitted the Irishman back in October. But He is now ready and focused on fighting again.
Poirier(25-5,1 NC) meanwhile, claimed his interim title at 155 pounds by besting UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway in a classic contest in April, that saw “The Diamond” snap a 13-fight win streak Holloway came into the fight with.
The two square off to crown the unified champion in the lightweight division live from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Poirier may be the person to win. however Nurmagomedov’s success over Johnson has turned into somewhat of a punchline in the following years, for the most part, because of the critique of Joe Rogan, who demanded that Johnson had Nurmagomedov hurt considerably more than he really did. While Johnson did not cause a huge amount of damage, his hand speed and ability to throw volume was sufficient to frighten away Nurmagomedov early, and it is anything but difficult to see Poirier having the option to pull that off more adequately.
Throwing enough successful volume to keep Nurmagomedov from entering voluntarily is going to be a colossal factor for Poirier, similar to his ability to throw punches to the body as a major aspect of his combinations.
The cardio advantage is by all accounts solidly in the Russian’s corner, but attacking his wide-open body may be the way to ensuring he tires out first.
Include that Poirier is a successful grappler that he may most likely slow down a portion of Nurmagomedov's takedown endeavours, and there is bounty to recommend that the American Top Team champion can acquire the greatest success of his vocation.
By the by, Nurmagomedov remains the more secure pick. “The Eagle” can be painted as a one-dimensional processor, however, he is a truly first-class competitor with a solid chin.
two certainties that will probably make it hard for Poirier to score the knockout he likely needs to author the upset. Once more, the cardio edge appears to be solidly in Nurmagomedov’s corner.
Truly, Poirier has won numerous round wars in his last few fights, yet he has been depleted come the later rounds. even an effective course of action from Poirier will require using a great deal of energy, so unless he can score a finish, the title rounds will probably be Nurmagomedov’s best chances to move in on takedowns and make it his battle.
Poirier appears to have conquered the vast majority of his psychological issues, however, it will at present be intriguing to perceive how the risk of Nurmagomedov's wrestling influences him.
While volume and aggression will most likely be Poirier’s best wagers, Nurmagomedov’s rivals have for the most part experienced issues with the illogical idea of constraining somebody who is so solid at getting takedowns.
All things considered, this is the champion’s hardest test yet, as Poirier is ready to be the Alexander Gustafsson to his Jon Jones or the Chael Sonnen to his Anderson Silva as the sort of rival who powers an all-time great to dig deep and gut out a success.
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