UFC 242: Khabib vs Poirier – Undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov grew up surrounded by peril. Throughout the late 1990s and 2000s, his native Dagestan was a hotbed of Islamic insurgency, violent sectarianism, and political terrorism so chaotic the BBC once called it the “most dangerous place in Europe.” Nurmagomedov who will face Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242 in a match that you can live stream and impoverished young men like him were constant targets for radicalization by religious sects looking for soldiers. So to offer these kids an escape, Nurmagomedov’s father (a former wrestling champion for the USSR) opened a wrestling school, where his second son trained from the time he was a baby.
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Since making his mixed martial arts debut at 20 years old, Nurmagomedov (27-0) has used his gifts as a wrestler to smother, demoralize, and suck the will out of the best fighters in the world. In 2013, he all but ruined Abel Trujillo by taking him down a UFC record 21 times in 15 minutes. During his extended beating of Michael Johnson in 2016, Nurmagomedov calmly advised his opponent to quit even as he pounded him into dust. And last year Nurmagomedov broke the spirit of Conor McGregor, the most spirited superstar MMA has ever known, wearing him down before choking him into submission.
Nurmagomedov does this to everyone: hot prospects, established contenders, future champions, even once-in-a-generation cultural phenomena. He snuffs them out, wears on them, drains them of hope and ambition.
So what do you do when you have to fight someone like that? Someone who has been training since he was born? Who only knows how to fight? Who won’t even allow himself the occasional tender relief of a movie because, as he once said, movies “make your heart weak?” Who wrestled an actual living bear when he was 9 years old? How do you solve a problem like Nurmagomedov?
On Saturday, this will be the riddle facing Poirier (20-5). Poirier, who earned the opportunity to fight for the lightweight belt by winning the interim championship in April, also came up hard in his own way. He remembers growing up on the “rougher side” of Lafayette, Louisiana, having to move homes with his mother and grandmother and occasionally living off food stamps. But coming up hard in America and coming up hard in Dagestan are two very different things. Poirier simply can’t compete with Nurmagomedov when it comes to forging relentlessness out of desolate circumstance. If he hopes to win this Saturday, he will have to rely on different qualities.
When faced with a colossal challenge like Nurmagomedov or Jon Jones or Amanda Nunes, the smart fighter will look to what he has that his opponent doesn’t, no matter what that might be. And what Poirier has that Nurmagomedov doesn’t is losses. He’s been done wrong psychologically and humiliated physically by an ascendant McGregor, knocked out by Johnson, undone by Chan Sung Jung, and outworked by Cub Swanson. Yet here he is: standing above them all. Poirier evolves. He learns lessons. He recovers from disappointment. He overcame Eddie Alvarez’s rough takedowns and Justin Gaethje’s horrendous leg kicks and Max Holloway’s relentless boxing attacks, and today, after eight long years, he’s a UFC champion. Damaged, but still he plays the piccolo.
On paper, a fight between Nurmagomedov and Poirier looks like a classic striker vs. grappler matchup, but it’s really a contest of wills, a war between one man who dominates and another who perseveres, between perfection and stubborn optimism.
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One thing to remember: Only the UFC 242 main event card will be featured on ESPN+, and you will have to pay the $59.99 PPV fee (full schedule and watch guide below). Here’s the main event card: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder Islam Makhachev vs. Davi Ramos Curtis Blaydes vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov Mairbek Taisumov vs. Diego Ferreria.
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