Reigning UFC lightweight world champion will battle interim champ Dustin Poirier in a title unification bout at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on September 7th.

The match-up had been on the cards since Poirier defeated featherweight king Max Holloway in April to clinch the lightweight interim title, putting himself at the front of the line to meet Nurmagomedov. 

The Russian himself said that the fight would happen in Abu Dhabi in September, an event the UFC confirmed, albeit minus a main event, at the end of April.

The event marks the long-awaited return of Nurmagomedov, who was suspended for instigating the post-fight melee that followed his fourth-round submission victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.

Poirier tweeted about the fight. 

Looking forward to seeing Khabib back in the Octagon.  

Your move McGregor. 

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