The Ultimate Fighting Championship is coming to the United Arab Emirates for Abu Dhabi Showdown Week, with UFC 242: Kbabib vs. Poirier being the main event today, Saturday, September 7 at 2 p.m. ET. UFC 242 will mark the third time the fighting promotion has come to Abu Dhabi and the first time since 2014, with the highlight being a unification title bout between returning champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Dustin Poirier. All the action will be streamed on ESPN+, and new subscribers can take advantage of an exclusive bundle deal that can save you $30 off the normal pay-per-view price.
How To Watch UFC 242
ESPN+ is a premium streaming service that launched last year and brought sports fully into the digital internet age. ESPN+ was a particularly welcome sight for cord-cutters, as it allows sports fans to stream more than 1,500 live events along with all sort of other content like interviews, press conferences, and exclusive shows – and given ESPN’s cozy relationship with UFC, it’s also the place to watch the UFC 242 pay-per-view this weekend.
Who is fighting in UFC 242?
The main card of UFC 242 features a matchup between lightweight champion Nurmagomedov and interim champion Poirier. Nurmagomedov, a Russian fighter, undefeated with 27 wins, won the lightweight belt from Al Laquinta in April 2018 and then defended it against Conor McGregor later that year in October at UFC 229, but received a suspension after a post-fight altercation with McGregor’s team.
Poirier, with a record of 25 wins and five losses, became the interim champion during Nurmagomedov’s absence after defeating Max Halloway this April at UFC 236. With the champion now returning to the Octacon, UFC 242 will be a unification match with the victor taking home the UFC lightweight title.
UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier is scheduled for today, with the main card fights starting at 2 p.m. ET and the preliminary card slated for 12 p.m. The main card pay-per-view event will air exclusively on ESPN+, so if you haven’t yet jumped on board with this premium streaming service, now’s the time to sign up and take advantage of a bundle offer that lets first-timers score a year’s worth of ESPN+ and the UFC 242 PPV for $80 (saving you $30 off their combined price).
There are four other matches during UFC 242 that will happen before Nurmagomedov and Poirer face off.
- Lightweight bought between Mairbek Taisumov (27-5) and. Diego Ferreira (15-2).
- Heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes (11-2) and Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-4). Blydes is the favorite to win
- Lightweight bout between Islam Makhachev (17-1) and Davi Ramos (10-2).
- Lightweight bout between Edson Barboza (20-7) and Paul Felder (16-4).
UFC 242 Predictions: Khabib Stays Undefeated
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the undefeated Nurmagomedov is the favorite to win his 28th fight and UFC lightweight title. Betting lines for today’s UFC 242 match have Nurmagomedov at a -410 favorite, and Poirer at +320 underdog. However, despite overwhelming confidence that the Russian fighter will remain undefeated, his last fight was almost a year ago. With an 11-month gap in fights, Nurmagomedov may have some rust to work off.
As for Poirer, who’s last match was as recent as April 13, 2019 when he defeated Max Halloway in UFC 236, he may be able to use his momentum and underdog status to pounce early before Nurmagomedov gets in a rhythm. Either way, the fans of MMA and UFC are in for a treat with the return of Nurmagomedov, and Poirer going at it with their opposing fighting styles — Nurmagomedov wrestling, and Poirer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
As for the other fights today: Taisumov, Blaydes, Makhachev, and Barboza are favorites to win their respective matches.
Upcoming UFC Fights
On the fence about signing up for ESPN+? Here’s a look at upcoming UFC matches you can watch with a subscription.
|September 14||8 p.m. ET||UFC Fight Night||Cerrone vs. Gaethje|
|September 21||8 p.m. ET||UFC Fight Night||Rodriguez vs. Stephens|
|September 28||2 p.m. ET||UFC Fight Night||Hermansson vs. Cannonier|
|October 5||10 p.m. ET||UFC 243||Whittaker vs. Adesanya|
|October 12||8 p.m. ET||UFC Fight Night||Joanna vs. Waterson|
|October 18||9 p.m. ET||UFC Fight Night||Reyes vs. Weidman|
|October 26||8 p.m. ET||UFC Fight Night||Maia vs. Askren|
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