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UAE: Khabib and Poirier face off in Abu Dhabi ahead of UFC 242 showdown

United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
September 05, 2019 at 12:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faced off against his upcoming opponent Dustin Poirier at the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

The duo, who are both undefeated, will be the main card at UFC 242 which will be held in the Emirate this weekend.

“This is champion versus champion, the two best in the world, 25 minutes to see who is the best. That's exciting,” Poirier told media gathered at the hotel.

The fight will seek to unify the lightweight division as both Khabib and Poirier currently hold belts.

Other stars who took part in the face-offs included Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood and Russia’s Mairbek Taisumnov who will both be fighting on the undercard this Saturday.

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faced off against his upcoming opponent Dustin Poirier at the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

The duo, who are both undefeated, will be the main card at UFC 242 which will be held in the Emirate this weekend.

“This is champion versus champion, the two best in the world, 25 minutes to see who is the best. That's exciting,” Poirier told media gathered at the hotel.

The fight will seek to unify the lightweight division as both Khabib and Poirier currently hold belts.

Other stars who took part in the face-offs included Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood and Russia’s Mairbek Taisumnov who will both be fighting on the undercard this Saturday.

W/S UFC media hall

M/S Dustin Poirier, American Mixed Martial Artist taking seat at presser

SOT, Dustin Poirier, American Mixed Martial Artist: ''Yeah, this is champion versus champion, the two best in the world, 25 minutes to see who is the best. That's exciting, so I think if you are a fight fan, this is the kind of fight that you are out there looking for, it is who is the best.''

C/U UFC title belt

SOT, Dustin Poirier, American Mixed Martial Artist: ''I think keeping my back off the fence, when I do get taken down, creating and finding space. His top pressure looks like it's really tight, you know, but that's why I'm so excited to get in there and feel it.''

W/S Poirier at presser

SOT, Dustin Poirier, American Mixed Martial Artist: ''It's exciting, I'm grateful. When I got on the plane leaving Miami to fly here I embraced the unknown. I was excited to come out here and find out what's going to throw itself at me during fight week, what obstacles I'm going to have to overcome, I enjoy that.''

M/S 'KHABIB VS POIRIER' banner

W/S Journalists in hall

M/S Liana Jojua, Georgian MMA fighter and Sarah Moras, Canadian MMA fighter face off

W/S Jojua and Moras at presser

C/U Joanne Calderwood, Scottish MMA fighter and Andrea Lee, American MMA fighter at presser

M/S Mairbek Taisumnov, Russian MMA fighter and Carlos Diego Ferriera, Brazilian MMA fighter face off

M/S 'KHABIB' poster

W/S Khabib Nurmagomedov, Mixed Martial Artist and Poirier shaking hands

C/U 'UFC 242' poster

M/S Khabib and Poirier face off

C/U Camera

C/U Khabib and Poirier with championship belts

W/S Khabib and Poirier with championship belts

M/S UFC media hall

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