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Coach claims Khabib Nurmagomedov has started training camp for proposed title bout vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC 242

According to coach Javier Mendez, Khabib Nurmagomedov is gearing up to fight Dustin Poirier in September.

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It’s still not official, but it’s expected that undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will take on Dustin Poirier in a proposed title unification bout at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.

Nurmagomedov’s coach, Javier Mendez, revealed in a recent Instagram post that Nurmagomedov has already started his training camp for UFC 242, hinting that the matchup will be announced in the coming days.

“Excited to start camp with the Khabib Nurmagomedov for Sept 7th UFC Abu Dhabi against a very tough challenge in Dustin Poirier. But at end of that Night it will be and Still.”

Nurmagomedov, 30, last fought at UFC 229 where he submitted former two-division champion Conor McGregor in the fourth round of the main event. His opponent, Poirier, recently seized the interim lightweight title after beating featherweight king Max Holloway via unanimous at UFC 236.

UFC 241, which is expected to feature Khabib vs. Poirier as the main event, is scheduled to take place later this year, September 7 at an undisclosed venue in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.