Hot Tweets: Who can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov plus The Russian Eagle vs. El Cucuy

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting At UFC 242, Khabib Nurmagomedov throttle Dustin Poirier to retain his lightweight title and started raising the question of just how good is Khabib, so let’s talk about that plus the rest of the lightweight division and yet another hypothetical battle. Who can beat Khabib? already know your answer, but I’ll […]

Justin Gaethje wants the winner of Khabib vs. Tony Ferguson but he would ‘absolutely’ fight Conor McGregor

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Justin Gaethje wants to become UFC champion, and following a first-round TKO against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, he’s one giant step closer towards his ultimate goal. The victory on Saturday night was Gaethje’s third straight knockout as he continues his meteoric rise up the lightweight ranks with only a couple of potential […]

UFC’s David Shaw talks GSP vs. Khabib, UFC Africa, and Weili Zhang’s impact

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Ahead of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 16 in Vancouver, UFC senior vice president of international and content David Shaw spoke with the media on the state of the promotion from a global standpoint. First, Shaw spoke on the current landscape of the UFC’s Canadian ventures pertinent to Vancouver and beyond. According […]

Glover Teixeira calls Khabib, not Jones, the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter

Glover Teixeira (pictured) faces Nikita Krylov at UFC Vancouver on Saturday night. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Glover Teixeira shared the cage with Jon Jones for 25 minutes back in 2014, coming up short in his attempt to become the UFC light heavyweight champion. Years later, he sees another athlete as the best pound-for-pound fighter […]

Bellator double-champion Patricio ‘Pitbull’ says he would knock out Khabib Nurmagomedov

Patricio Freire believes he has what it takes to dethrone Khabib Nurmagomedov. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A highly anticipated bout with Tony Ferguson, a very lucrative rematch with Conor McGregor, and a superfight with Georges St-Pierre are some of the options for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next title defense, but a top lightweight from outside the […]

A local journalist reflects on covering Khabib Nurmagomedov and the UFC’s return to Abu Dhabi

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 marked the UFC’s first trip back to the Middle East for UFC 242, and it was my first UFC event as a credentialed media member. It’s actually pretty coincidental since I started covering the sport in 2014, the last time the UFC came to Abu Dhabi. So timeline wise, it worked […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov: If Georges St-Pierre wants to return, ‘I’m waiting for him’ 

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov is still ready to welcome Georges St-Pierre back to the Octagon if he wants to return from retirement. Following a dominant win over Dustin Poirier on Saturday at UFC 242, the undefeated Russian was once again asked about his dream fight against the former two-division champion. While UFC president […]

UFC 242 Aftermath: Considering Khabib Nurmagomedov’s place among the all-time greats

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting On Saturday night, Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his UFC lightweight title with a third-round submission win over interim champion Dustin Poirier. It was, for the most part, total domination. Poirier had brief moments of success in the second and third rounds but ultimately they were fleeting and Nurmagomedov did what he’s done […]

Making the Grade: UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If there was any doubt about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s claim as the best lightweight in the sport, those questions were emphatically answered during UFC 242 on Saturday. The undefeated Russian dominated interim champion Dustin Poirier for the majority of two-plus rounds before finishing the fight with a rear-naked choke submission in the […]

Dana White believes Khabib Nurmagomedov is ‘a couple fights away from potential GOAT status’

ABU DHABI – Khabib Nurmagomedov’s performance in the UFC 242 main event impressed a lot of people, but maybe none more so than UFC president Dana White. After the bout, White spoke to the media and praised Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) for the dominant showing he put on against Dustin Poirier (25-6 MMA, 17-5 […]

Dana White: Tony Ferguson next but if he turns down fight, Khabib vs. Conor McGregor 2 makes sense

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The fifth time might be the charm in the seemingly cursed fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. After four previous attempts to put the fight together fell apart due to injuries and weight-cutting errors, UFC president Dana White declared Ferguson as next in line to face Nurmagomedov for the lightweight […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov Rear-Naked Choke Dismisses Dustin Poirier in UFC 242 Headliner

Khabib Nurmagomedov unifies lightweight championship with UFC 242 submission of Dustin Poirier. View full post on Recent News on

Khabib Nurmagomedov Eyes Matchup vs. Tony Ferguson Next: ‘He Deserve This’

On Saturday in Abu Dhabi, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov thoroughly thrashed Dustin Poirier to retain his title. With the world in his grip, “The Eagle” has one man in his sights: Tony Ferguson. View full post on Recent News on

Khabib jumped the cage at UFC 242 and gave Dana White the biggest hug

For all the seriousness Khabib Nurmagomedov usually projects, it turns out the UFC lightweight champion has a sense of humor after all. Nurmagomedov moved his undefeated record to a remarkable 28-0 and retained his title Saturday with a third-round submission win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. Afterward, Nurmagomedov – and you know he must’ve […]

UFC 242 Results: Khabib vs. Poirier

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier will clash in the UFC 242 main event Saturday. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting MMA Fighting has UFC 242 results for the Khabib vs. Poirier fight card from the The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, live blogs of the top fights, and live UFC 242 […]

UFC 242 start time, TV schedule for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier

Dustin Poirier will try to upset Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 on Saturday. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC 242 start time, TV schedule for the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier event at the The Arena in Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, on Saturday. The fight card is broken into three different parts and […]

Davi Ramos explains why he’s a bad match-up for UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov

Davi Ramos is undefeated with four UFC wins since moving back down to lightweight. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Davi Ramos wanted a good challenge and a top-15 opponent after winning four in a row in the UFC, and he’s getting both Saturday in Abu Dhabi, when he faces No. 15-ranked lightweight Islam Makhachev in […]

Khabib: “There Can Only Be One King”

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UFC 242 ‘Khabib vs. Poirier’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC 242 “Khabib vs. Poirier” coverage begins Saturday at 10:15 a.m. ET. View full post on Recent News on

For Dustin Poirier, beating Khabib Nurmagomedov will have to come, like everything else: The hard way

Dustin Poirier | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Ten years ago, a camera crew followed Dustin Poirier as he started out on a path toward the major MMA scene. At the time, Poirier was a novice, just months into his professional fight career. Yet when the resulting film, Fightville, was released, the first words out of […]

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