Khabib Nurmagomedov is still the undisputed UFC lightweight champion.
In the UFC 242 main event, the undefeated Dagestani dynamo thoroughly outclassed interim champ Dustin Poirier, taking him down several times and just bullying a world-class opponent on the ground. Apart from a few strikes early in round two, Khabib was scarcely touched and got the exact fight he wanted. Poirier didn’t have many answers for the grappling and chain wrestling of Khabib, and when Dustin’s guillotine choke in round three failed, Nurmagomedov answered with a rear-naked choke to seal the deal.
Watch the highlights below.
Round 3 - Leg kick from Poirier. Straight right from Khabib and he looks for a takedown. Poirier with a guillotine! It looks deep! He holds on for sooo long and readjusts, but Khabib eventually pops his head out! Wow! Now khabib is on top and he’s looking for a choke. Can’t get it. He tries again! Khabib sink it and POIRIER TAPS! KHABIB DOES IT AGAIN!
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Dustin Poirier via submission (rear naked choke), 2:10 of round 3
"At his mauling best in round one!"— UFC (@ufc) September 7, 2019
The champ is in prime form! #UFC242 pic.twitter.com/T7sIHTmV14
Smothering pressure by @TeamKhabib #UFC242 pic.twitter.com/5SJ2FEZoZi— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 7, 2019
OOOOOOOOH! @DustinPoirier tags the Khabib! #UFC242 pic.twitter.com/c9M7YE8wda— UFC (@ufc) September 7, 2019
@TeamKhabib escapes the choke and goes straight to work #UFC242 pic.twitter.com/DnlBTynsdE— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 7, 2019
The respect between these two!— UFC (@ufc) September 7, 2019
Absolute class acts tonight #UFC242 pic.twitter.com/BefqoouZhz
Graceful in defeat.@DustinPoirier has the heart of a warrior. #UFC242 pic.twitter.com/iBDSmJpn64— UFC (@ufc) September 7, 2019