Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov (27-0-0) will defend his lightweight title against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (25-5-0, 1NC) at UFC 242 on Saturday night as part of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week at The Arena, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, the reigning undisputed champion, will be looking to unify the belt against the new interim champion, Dustin Poirier. The 30 year-old Russian hasn’t fought since beating Conor McGregor with a Rear Naked Choke in Round 4 of their fight nearly a year ago.
Dustin Poirier is a dangerous opponent though and it certainly isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that “The Diamond” could be crowned lightweight champion at the end of this fight. If Poirier can make this predominantly a stand-up fight, he has a chance, with the American having the better overall striking game in terms of punches, kicks, knees and elbows.
During his current four-fight winning streak, Poirier has beaten some of the UFC’s best strikers in Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez and Max Holloway. He goes into this fight with every reason to believe he has a chance of causing an upset.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier Betting Lines & Predictions
The majority of UFC predictions generally favour Khabib Nurmagomedov in all his fights and this one is no different.
However, Nurmagomedov is so good at taking his opponents to the mat and such a dominant wrestler once he gets there, that it’s difficult to see how Dustin Poirier will be able to survive.
The best betting option for those backing the Russian could be in the ‘Method of Victory’ markets, where Khabib to Win by KO, TKO or DQ is on offer at +460 (5.60) with Sports Interaction.
UFC 242 Picks: Method of Victory – Khabib Nurmagomedov to Win by KO, TKO or DQ @ +460 (5.60) with Sports Interaction