Zane Simon and Mookie Alexander are here to breakdown this event with hot takes, possible next fights, as well as reactions to the overall event.
This event on the 7th of September, 2019, the UFC went to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to bring us UFC 242, a PPV (Pay-Per-View) event, via ESPN+. The event featured athletes in the co-main and main event, as top-ranked lightweight strikers Edson Barboza and Paul Felder looked to replicate their 2015 Fight of the Night bout, ending with Felder edging out Barboza and winning this time around, via Split Decision; leading Paul to call out any of the ‘top five’ for his next bout. The main event of the night involved UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier battling to unify the belts — which resulted in Poirier’s fans being devastated while watching Dustin be dominated by a round three submission, via a rear naked choke, delivered from the undefeated Khabib, in a near perfect performance.
We also had Khabib’s brother, Islam Makhachev defeating Davi Ramos via Unanimous Decision, Curtis Blaydes defeating Abdurakhimov via KO/TKO in the second round and Diego Ferreira beating Mairbek Taisumov via Unanimous Decision, despite the Ferreira naysayers. It was not a great surprise when the featured prelim bout ended with Jo Jo Calderwood defeating Andrea ‘KGB’ Lee, but it was by a somewhat surprising split decision win. Overall, it was a great card with only five decisions, one draw and seven finishes.
Here’s a look at the fight card RESULTS & UPDATED FIGHT RECORDS:
UFC 242 ESPN+ PPV MAIN CARD | 2PM/11AM ETPT
- 155 lbs - Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) DEF Dustin Poirier (25-6), SUB, Rear Naked Choke, at 2:06 of R3/5, Total 12:06
- 155 lbs - Paul Felder (17-4) DEF Edson Barboza (20-8), DEC-SPLIT
- 155 lbs - Islam Makhachev (18-1) DEF Davi Ramos (10-3), DEC-Unanimous
- 265 lbs - Curtis Blaydes (12-2) DEF Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-5), KO/TKO, Ground & Pound at 2:22 R2, 7:22 Total
- 155 lbs - Diego Ferreira (16-2) DEF Mairbek Taisumov (28-5), DEC-Unanimous
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: There was no Fight of the Night bonus awarded. Dana White also said they didn’t control the gate, so no numbers for that are available, either.
PERFORMANCES OF THE NIGHT: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Ottman Azaitar, Muslim Salikhov, Belal Muhammad
ATTENDANCE: Yet to be determined
FX PRELIMS | 12PM/9AM ETPT
- 125 lbs - Joanne Calderwood (14-4) DEF Andrea Lee (11-3), DEC-SPLIT
- 145 lbs - Zubaira Tukhugov (18-4-1) vs Lerone Murphy (8-0-1), DRAW-SPLIT
- 135 lbs - Sarah Moras (6-5) DEF Liana Jojua (7-3), KO/TKO, Ground & Pound at 2:26 R3, 12:26 Total
- 155 lbs - Ottman Azaitar (12-0) DEF Teemu Packalen (8-3), KO/TKO, Overhand Right at 3:33 R1
EARLY PRELIMS UFC FIGHT PASS/ESPN+ | 10AM/7AM ETPT
- 170 lbs - Belal Muhammad (16-3) DEF Takashi Sato (15-3), SUB, Rear Naked Choke at 1:55 R3, 11:55 Total
- 170 lbs - Muslim Salikhov (15-2) DEF Nordine Taleb (15-7), KO/TKO, Overhand Right at 4:26 R1
- 165 lbs - Omari Akhmedov (19-4) DEF Zak Cummings (23-7), DEC-Unanimous
- 155 lbs - Don Madge (9-3) DEF Fares Ziam (10-3), DEC-Unanimous
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