UFC 242

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UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier
UFC 242 Poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateSeptember 7, 2019 (2019-09-07)
VenueThe Arena, Yas Island
CityAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje

UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier was a mixed martial arts pay-per-view event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on September 7, 2019 at The Arena, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[1][2]


The event marked the promotion's third visit to Abu Dhabi and first since UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson in April 2014.[3]

A UFC Lightweight Championship title unification bout between current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Dustin Poirier served as the event's headliner.[4]

A lightweight bout between Magomed Mustafaev and Don Madge was scheduled for the event. However, on August 18, it was reported that Mustafaev was removed from the bout for undisclosed reasons.[5] Madge then faced promotional newcomer Farès Ziam.[6]

Adam Yandiev was scheduled to face promotional newcomer Punahele Soriano at the event. However, Yandiev pulled out of the bout in mid-August citing a knee injury and the bout was scrapped.[7]

A bantamweight bout between Khalid Taha and Bruno Gustavo da Silva was scheduled for the event. However, on August 21, it was reported that the bout was moved to UFC 243.[8]

At the weigh-ins, Sarah Moras weighed in at 138 pounds, 2 pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136. She was fined 20% of her purse and her bout with Liana Jojua proceeded at a catchweight.[9]


Fight Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) def. Dustin Poirier (ic) Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 2:06 [a]
Lightweight Paul Felder def. Edson Barboza Decision (split) (27–30, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Islam Makhachev def. Davi Ramos Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 30–26, 30–26) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes def. Shamil Abdurakhimov TKO (elbow and punches) 2 2:22
Lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Mairbek Taisumov Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (FX/ESPN+)
Women's Flyweight Joanne Calderwood def. Andrea Lee Decision (split) (28–29, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lerone Murphy Draw (split) (28–29, 29–28, 28–28) 3 5:00
Catchweight (138 lb) Sarah Moras def. Liana Jojua TKO (punches and elbows) 3 2:26
Lightweight Ottman Azaitar def. Teemu Packalén KO (punch) 1 3:33
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Welterweight Belal Muhammad def. Takashi Sato Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 1:55
Welterweight Muslim Salikhov def. Nordine Taleb KO (punch) 1 4:26
Middleweight Omari Akhmedov def. Zak Cummings Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Don Madge def. Farès Ziam Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[11]

  • Fight of the Night: No bonus awarded.
  • Performance of the Night: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Ottman Azaitar, Belal Muhammad and Muslim Salikhov


As of September 4, 2019 online promotional content related to UFC 242, uploaded to online streaming platforms including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram prior to the fight, has received a collective total of more than 112 million views.[12]

In Russia, where it was broadcast by the free TV station Channel One Russia, the fight drew approximately 26 million viewers, equivalent to 24% of Russia's adult population.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2019-04-30). "UFC 242 set for Abu Dhabi on Sept. 7; Promotion to hold cards in city for next 5 years". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  2. ^ Ryan Harkness (2019-05-12). "UFC reveals event schedule for remainder of 2019". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  3. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2019-04-21). "UFC sets dates for upcoming events in Montevideo, Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  4. ^ Cole Shelton (2019-06-04). "Khabib Nurmagomedov-Dustin Poirier Lightweight Title bout official for UFC 242". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  5. ^ Redactie (2019-08-19). "Cancellations for both UFC Shenzhen and UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-08-19. (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Farah Hannoun (2019-08-21). "Magomed Mustafaev out, Don Madge now meets Fares Ziam at UFC 242". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  7. ^ Nolan King (2019-08-20). "Four fighters withdraw from upcoming UFC 242, UFC on ESPN+ 15 events". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  8. ^ Staff (2019-08-22). "Fray relocated: Khalid Taha joins the Octagon at UFC 243". ranfighting.de. Retrieved 2019-08-22. (in German)
  9. ^ Staff (2019-09-06). "UFC 242 weigh-in results: All fights official despite one miss". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  10. ^ "UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  11. ^ Stephie Haynes (2019-09-07). "UFC 242 post-fight bonuses: Khabib's dominant victory takes POTN honors". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  12. ^ "Early numbers for UFC 242 suggest massive pay-per-view event". Yahoo Sports. Yahoo!. 4 September 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Khabib's UFC 242 title win over Dustin Poirier pulled in roughly 26 million views in Russia". Bloody Elbow. SB Nation. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.