Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his UFC lightweight championship belt with a dominant win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi Saturday, after the Russian mauler made the Louisiana fighter tap out in the third round via rear naked choke.
Khabib was dominant throughout the fight, showcasing his signature style of masterful wrestling prowess in the Octagon, and overwhelming opponents he has on the ground.
Poirier had his best moments of the fight in round two, when he connected with a few strikes on Khabib and looked to have the champ reeling, if only for a few seconds.
But as always, the undefeated Khabib (28-0) was utterly dominant after taking Poirier to the ground, which he seemingly did at will. The end came in the third round after Khabib got Poirier in a rear-naked choke and he immediately tapped out, seen in the video below.
In the Octagon after the fight, Khabib said he needed time to think but most believe the next logical match-up will be a lightweight superfight versus Tony Ferguson.
Meanwhile, a welterweight showdown between fan favorite Nate Diaz and rising contender Jorge Masvidal is officially set to headline UFC 244 on Nov. 2 live on ESPN+ PPV from Madison Square Garden in New York City, per a new report by ESPN.
Looks like the so-called “Baddest Motherfucker” belt will finally be up for grabs Diaz and Masvidal throw down in a five-round main event. UFC boss Dana White explains how the fight came together below:
“This whole thing started to materialize last night,” explained White. “So last night, Diaz’s guys were going back and forth with us and we ended up getting it done. So, Masvidal is pumped for this fight, Diaz is pumped for this fight.
"I’m excited for it and I am sure the fans are very excited to see this. It will be the main event. Five rounds of Diaz vs. Masvidal at Madison Square Garden.”
“I’m going to put together a ‘BMF’ belt for these two,” added White. “They can fight for the ‘BMF’ belt.”