This weekend mixed martial arts fans will finally get what they have been waiting on when Khabib Nurmagomedov battles Dustin Poirier in UFC 242.
This is Kahbib’s first fight back in the octagon since he destroyed Conor McGregor in UFC 229. We all remember how that one ended with talks of suspensions and Khabib possible getting banned from the sport. Almost a year later he will step into the ring to defend his championship belt.
Dusitn Poirier has a professional record of 25-5 and wasn’t considered one of the elite top lightweights coming into 2019. However, he was on a winning streak and after he beat Max Holliday by decision, he earned his shot at the Lightweight title. Max Holliday had to gain weight and go up a weight class to fight Poirier but would have been handed the same opportunity if he would have won the fight.
Poirier fought 22 fights before he was named the interim champion. Only one other fighter has ever fought more fights before getting a title shot; Michael Bisping.
Khabib has a professional UFC record of 27-0 with 8 KO’s and 9 submissions. He is the current lightweight champion. This will be his first fight back since he ended the Conor McGregor reign. However, there are rumors swirling that the winner of this fight could end up paired with McGregor for his return to the UFC.
Current betting odds favor Khabib but fights are unpredictable, that’s what makes them so fun to bet on. Betting on mixed martial arts has been allowed and legal in the Philippines for a while now.
There are currently no Philippine gambling laws that make it illegal for Filipinos to place bets online. The only law handed down by legislation is directed towards operators. Online operators working from inside the Philippines are not allowed to offer their services to Philippine residents. However, the government will license them to offers gambling ventures to offshore markets.
UFC 242 will take place Saturday, September 7th, 2019. Prelims will start at 5 pm BST. The main card is scheduled to start at 7 pm. Below you will find the current betting odds for the main event.
UFC 242 Fight Odds
- Dustin Poirier
- Khabib Nurmagomedov