After the carnage in UFC 241, we go straight to Abu Dhabi for the UFC 242, which features a massive fight in the lightweight division. The UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov will step into the cage to face the interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier.
While the undefeated Russian wrecking machine, Khabib will be looking to put on a mauling performance for his fans in the arena, “The Diamond” Dustin Poirier will be aiming to defy the odds yet again and overcome the adversities.
In the co-main event of UFC 242, UFC veteran, Edson Barboza will face Paul Felder in a rematch. Both fighters are aggressive and bring chaos to the octagon and their first encounter does nothing but approves that.
The lightweight action doesn’t stop here as Islam Makhachev will be looking to make his name in the star stacked lightweight division against Davi Ramos. And we will close the show with Curtis Blayde taking on the Dagestani warrior, Shamil Abdurakhimov.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (Champion) vs Dustin Poirier(Interim Champion):
The unbeaten phenom, Khabib Nurmagomedov takes on Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242 to unify the lightweight title. Khabib mauled the notorious Conor McGregor in his last title defense. And the story remains the same for all the opponents who have stepped into the octagon to face Khabib. However, Khabib has not faced anyone like Dustin Poirier yet. Dustin has his superior striking game to counter Khabib’s grappling. Moreover, it’s not a classic grappler vs striker match up. Khabib’s striking game is underrated and yet very effective, and on the other hand, Dustin is no amateur on the ground. It’s going to be a fight of hearts and grit in the main event of UFC 242.
Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder ( Lightweight):
In a rematch from 2015, Edson Barboza will face Paul Felder in the co-main event of UFC 242. If we consider the first encounter between these two, then one thing is assured that the rematch is going to be a barn burner. The first encounter was a close fight with the judges giving the decision in favor of Barboza. However, this is a completely different fight. Barboza is coming into the fight with 2 losses in his last 3 fights and Paul Felder will be oozing with confidence with his win against James Vick.
Islam Makhachev vs. Davi Ramos(Lightweight):
Another warrior from Dagestan Islam Makhachev is looking to make his name in the lightweight division as he faces Davi Ramos. Islam Makhachev is a highly skilled grappler with a solid striking game. Islam will be the favorite going into the fight both on paper and for the crowd in the arena.
Curtis Blaydes vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov(Heavyweight):
With wins over legends of the heavyweight division such as Mark Hunt and Alister Overeem, Curtis Blaydes was on his way to the title fight. However, Francis Ngannou spoiled the party for Blaydes as he knocked out Blaydes. Coming into the fight with a win over Willis, Custis Blaydes will looking to get a win in his column in his fight against Shamil Abdurakhimov.
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira(Light Weight):
Mairbek Taisumov(27 – 5) will face Carlos Diego Ferreira(15-2) in another lightweight bout. Mairbek Taisumov is a finisher and he will for sure be looking to entertain the crowd with a stunner.
Magomed Mustafaev vs Don Madge(Lightweight)
Khalid Taha vs Bruno Silva(Bantamweight)
Ottman Azaitar vs. Teemu Packalén(Lightweight)
Liana Jojua vs. Sarah Moras(Women’s Bantamweight)
Belal Muhammad vs. Takashi Sato(Welterweight)
Nordine Taleb vs. Muslim Salikhov( Welterweight)
Omari Akhmedov vs. Zak Cummings ( Middleweight)
Joanne Calderwood vs. Andrea Lee ( Women’s Flyweight)
UFC will be returning to Abu Dhabi since 2014 for UFC 242. The event will take place at The Arena, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. An entire arena is being built for this monumental event in the middle of a desert.
The Main Card starts at 2 p.m. (ET)
The Prelims start at 12 p.m. (ET)
The Early Prelims start at 10 a.m. (ET)
The Main Card starts at 7 p.m. (GMT)
The Prelims start at 5 p.m. (GMT)
The Early Prelims start at 3 p.m. (GMT)
(Please note in Australia UFC 242 starts on Sunday, Sept. 8.)
The Main Card starts at 4 a.m. (AEST)
The Prelims start at 2 a.m. (AEST)
The Early Prelims start at 12 a.m. (AEST)
Where to Watch
Since the UFC entered a partnership with ESPN, there has been one-stop for all the UFC PPV. It is ESPN Plus. You can watch the entire PPV on ESPN Plus app. You can get more details about the entire event here.
In United States, you can watch the entire PPV on ESPN plus.
For UK fans, the entire event will be available on BT Sports.
The PPV will also be broadcasted on Sony Ten 2.
UFC 242 will mark the return of the undefeated lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov since his victory against Conor McGregor. In the most anticipated fight of the year, Nurmagomedov will headline the UFC 242 with Dustin Poirier. With such a main event on the card, UFC 242 can’t be anything but spectacular.