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Who won Nurmagomedov vs Poirier?
Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Dustin Poirier by submission in the 3rd round, during the main event of UFC 242, on Saturday 7th September 2019 at du Arena in Abu Dhabi.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
This contest was for the UFC lightweight championship.
Nurmagomedov vs Poirier stats
Khabib Nurmagomedov stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 27 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 9 by submission.
Dustin Poirier made his way to the ring with a record of 25 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 12 of those wins by knock out and 7 by submission.
The stats suggested Poirier had advantage in power over Nurmagomedov, with a 48% knock out percentage over Nurmagomedov's 30%.
Khabib Nurmagomedov was the same age as Dustin Poirier, at 32 years old.
Nurmagomedov had a height advantage of 1 inch over Poirier. Despite this, Poirier had 3-inch reach advantage.
Nurmagomedov was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 3 less fights, and made his debut in 2008, 8 months earlier than Poirier, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 14 less professional rounds, 60 to Poirier's 74.
Nurmagomedov vs Poirier form
Poirier had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Conor McGregor at UFC 257 on 23rd January 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had beat Dan Hooker at UFC Vegas 4 on 27th June 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 on 7th September 2019 by submission in the 3rd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Before that, he had won against Max Holloway at UFC 236 on 13th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, United States.
He had beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC on FOX 30 on 28th July 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Canada.
Poirier's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 17 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.4 rounds on average.