UFC 242 Predictions

Can Dustin Poirier be the first man to beat UFC 155lb champion Khabib Nurmagomedov?

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It's been a long time since Khabib Nurmagomedov has been able to compete. A suspension, due to the fracas following his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 229, has kept him out of action for nearly a year. However, the UFC lightweight champion is back and will look to defend his title and undefeated streak against interim title-holder, Dustin Poirier.

Nurmagomedov's incredible unbeaten run in the UFC's toughest division is one of the most impressive achievements in modern sports. The 30-year old from Dagestan has looked untouchable in nearly all of his fights in the UFC and he'll be hoping that he leaves Abu Dhabi with an unblemished record.

Poirier, however, will be looking to continue his run of violence at 155lb. The American Top Team product has put on extremely savage displays inside the Octagon over the last couple of years, battering Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez and UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway, en route to his title shot. Will he be the one who can shock the world and be the man to beat Khabib?

We've also got an outstanding co-main event rematch between 155lb mainstays, Edson Barboza and Paul Felder. The two strikers had a sensational battle in their first fight a few years ago, but how will things pan out in 2019? Let's breakdown the fights...

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