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By Simon Head
MMA writer
The UFC octagon has landed at the desert as Abu Dhabi plays host to UFC 242 on Saturday.
Because he faces interim champion Dustin Poirier at a title unification bout, and the world champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is put for the event.
A 27-0 record has been compiled by the undefeated Russian and finished Conor McGregor via entry at UFC 229.
Despite notable displays throughout his UFC career and his unblemished record, Nurmagomedov, 30, said he is accepting the challenge of Poirier but confessed as he seems to successfully defend his title, his strategy is no different to his previous matchups.
“Dustin Poirier’s a very tough competition,” Nurmagomedov stated on Wednesday in the UFC 242 receptive workout. “I don’t want to underestimate him. He’s got a lot of expertise. But when I visit the cage allow him to tap. Here is my plan.”
Nurmagomedov confronts a competitor who believes his crowning moment is represented by their main event matchup as a fighter.
30, america’s Poirier, heads to the octagon as the UFC interim champion, having defeated world champion Max Holloway at April and is in the type of his career.
Speaking in the workouts that were open underdog Poirier said he is ready to prove the doubters wrong.
“I have had naysayers my whole life and defeat the chances,” he explained.
“I’m just in the moment, appreciative of this opportunity and will not let it slip through my fingers. Be the world champion, capitalise and I am here to take advantage of the.
“I have had classes in declines and picking myself from the ground. Being undefeated is incredible. It is tough to do, especially against the competition he’s [Nurmagomedov] . But I’ve heard lessons via succeed and error he’s never heard. There is a thing about picking yourself off the floor again and again and chasing your dreams.
“I just can not be broken. I won’t be broken. I am here to make history”
Also top are fighters that are lightweight that are high American Paul Felder and Edson Barboza, who face each other within an eagerly-anticipated rematch.
Unlike some return bouts, this struggle has crap talk or no blood, with Felder saying their approach will be appreciated by fans of martial arts – and the struggle.
“That is about martial arts for me personally,” Felder said at the open workouts.
“It’s because I love what I do. That Edson is. I promise that is what we’re likely to put on display for you men, a warfare of martial arts and ethics.”
Two fighters at different points in their careers are put to confront competitors.
The Joanne Calderwood of scotland is seeking to push her promises with victory over American rival Andrea Lee to get a shot in the women title in her 10th UFC competition.
And when he takes about the first card card on Nurmagomedov Zubaira Tukhugov Manchester lightweight Lerone Murphy will look to spring a jolt on his octagon introduction.

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