Khabib Nurmagomedov beats Conor McGregor in fourth round History of bad blood explodes in chaos after fight Nurmagomedov vaults into crowd to take on McGregor camp Both fighters escorted out by security guards McGregor-Khabib UFC brawl the result of a business built on its continuing ability to monetise blood lust Scenes of utter mayhem here in Sin City as the biggest mixed martial arts event in history ended in a mass brawl between the teams of the two headline contenders, combat sports star Conor McGregor, of Ireland, and Dagestan's Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight crown by submitting his rival in the fourth round. In many ways, the contest itself became an irrelevant talking point after the fight, on an ugly night for mixed martial arts, a visceral all-action sport with combatants using a hybrid of martial arts in effective fighting.
UFC Khabib Nurmagomedov vs.
Dustin Poirier. After defeating Conor McGregor in the biggest UFC fight of all time , Khabib Nurmagomedov is now a bonafide superstar in his own right and is hoping to add to that perfect undefeated record of his. His opponent? Can Khabib make it to ? This is actually a more compelling match-up than you might think.
Let's break it all down.
But first Start time So this is a weird one. Most UFC cards kick off on a Saturday night, with the main card starting at 10 p. That makes for a fairly skewed timing situation.
The event kicks off Saturday, Sept. United States The Main Card starts at 2 p. ET The Prelims start at 12 p. ET The Early Prelims start at 10 a. GMT The Prelims start at 5 p.
The Main Card starts at 4 a. Who's fighting This is a fairly top heavy card.
The main event is super strong and the undercard is packed with a number of fairly important fights for the Lightweight division as a whole. Here's who is fighting Main card Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirer Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder Islam Makhachev vs.
Davi Ramos Curtis Blaydes vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov Mairbek Taisumov vs.
Diego Ferreira Prelims Andrea Lee vs. Joanne Calderwood Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lerone Murphy Liana Jojua vs. Sarah Moras Ottman Azaitar vs.
Takashi Sato Nordine Taleb vs. Muslim Salikhov Omari Akhmedov vs. Zak Cummings Don Madge vs. If you live in the US especially. In Australia More options if you live in Australia.
Even though there was always going to people finding a way to watch the scrap for free, it's still pretty interesting to find out just how many did.
Is it worth watching? And don't let anyone tell you any different. Sure, Nurmagomedov is a destroyer and unbeaten during a historic UFC run, but he is beatable.
A beaten down, exhausted Conor McGregor was able to take a round from him in their fight last year, and while McGregor beat Poirier during his Featherweight run, Poirier is one of the most improved fighters the UFC has ever seen.
Poirier himself just beat Holloway, one of the pound-for-pound best fighters on the planet. Poirier has power, good defensive wrestling and slick boxing. He's also overcome obstacles in his career and developed an iron will in the process.
That's what it takes to beat Khabib, who notoriously breaks people psychologically and physically by wrestling the strength out of opponents during gruelling early rounds. Poirier might be able to push past that. Make no mistake: He is a live underdog in this fight and has a strong chance to dethrone the champ.
You don't want to miss this fight.