Nurmagomedov is returning from a nine-year disciplinary suspension for his involvement in the UFC 229 post-fight melee between his team and rival Conor McGregor’s team.
That incident occurred after Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor by fourth-round submission in what was his first successful defense since becoming the undisputed lightweight champion UFC 223 last April. He leaped over the fence to confront McGregor teammate and Bellator MMA athlete Dillon Danis, and this resulted to the “Eagle” being handed a nine-month suspension.
According to UFC report, Nurmagomedov (27-0) will face Poirier (25-5, 1 NC) in a lightweight title unification bout that will headline UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on Sept.7.
Poirier has won his last five fights and is currently holding an interim title. UFC president declared his fight against Nurmagomedov, Dana White after “The Diamond” earned his belt with a unanimous decision win over Max Holloway at UFC 236.
UFC 242 will air live on pay-per-view exclusively through the ESPN+ streaming service.