Khabib Nurmagomedov was just too much for Dustin Poirier.
Nurmagemodov and Poirier tussled in the main event of UFC 242 in what many consider the biggest lightweight fight to date.
Returning from a lengthy suspension, Nurmagomedov defended his lightweight belt for the second time since winning it on April 2018.
More than a year ago, the Russian sensation scored the biggest win of his career when he submitted Conor McGregor in his first title-retention bid at UFC 229.
That match also broke the UFC’s records in terms of pay-per-view buys.
To date, no fighter has given Nurmagomedov the first loss of his career as his professional MMA record remains unscathed in 27 outings.
Dubbed as the heavy favourite in this match-up, Khabib has vowed to give Poirier a reality check as he aims to stop his challenger’s seven-year fight winning streak.
The bear wrestling machine was expected to showcase his elite grappling skills as he sought to remain undefeated and become the undisputed lightweight champion.
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Dustin Poirier to retain his UFC lightweight title. pic.twitter.com/63oM2yydS2
— ESPN (@espn) September 7, 2019
After an intense exchange with Poirier in the opening round, Khabib stepped on the gas and dictated the pace in the next rounds.
Poirier had some huge moments, including a great right hand and a guillotine choke attempt, but Khabib was able to stop it.
Turning to his known grappling skill, Khabib caught Poirier in the third round, getting the submission at the 2:06 mark to unify the lightweight titles.
“Last fight with bulls—t guy, we had a lot of crazy stuff. We show really what is this MMA. MMA, No. 1 thing is respect,” Nurmagomedov said in the post fight interview.
“MMA is not about trash talking. This is what we show with Dustin Poirier and his great team.”
‘The Eagle’ extended his winning streak to 28 fights, 12 in the UFC which tied the longest winning streak in the 155-pound division with his potential challenger Tony Ferguson.
Poirier, meanwhile, was emotional after the loss, saying “I just feel like I let myself down.”
“Maybe there were times in there I could have done more. I’m sorry for anyone I let down with this performance.”
When Khabib grapples his opponent like that you know it’s over. 🐐#UFC242
— That Mech Kid ! (@r3al____AJ) September 7, 2019
Check out the full UFC 242 results below (courtesy of MMA Fighting):
- Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Dustin Poirier via sub (RNC) (R3, 2:06) – for the undisputed lightweight title
- Paul Felder def. Edson Barboza via split decision
- Islam Makhachev def. Davi Ramos via UD (29-27, 30-26 x2)
- Curtis Blaydes def. Shamil Abdurakhimov via second-round TKO (2:22)
- Diego Ferreira def. Mairbek Taisumov via UD (29-28, 29-27 x2)
- Joanne Calderwood def. Andrea Lee via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
- Zubaira Tukhogov vs. Lerone Murphy ruled split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
- Sarah Moras def. Liana Jojua via third-round TKO (2:26)
- Ottman Azaitar def. Teemu Packalen via first-round KO (3:31)
- Belal Muhammad def. Takashi Sato via submission (RNC) (R3, 1:55)
- Muslim Salikhov def. Nordine Taleb via first-round KO (4:26)
- Omari Akhmedov def. Zak Cummings via UD (30-27 x2, 29-28)
- Don Madge def. Fares Ziam via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
28-0 for Khabib.
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) September 7, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Twitter/That Mech Kid)