The UFC announced Tuesday that Nurmagomedov (27-0) and Poirier (25-5, 1 NC) will meet in a lightweight title unification bout that will headline UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on Sept. 7. A venue is still to be determined.
Nurmagomedov will be returning from a nine-month disciplinary suspension for his involvement in the UFC 229 post-fight melee between his team and rival Conor McGregor’s team. That incident occurred after Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor by fourth-round submission in what was his first successful defense since becoming the undisputed lightweight champion UFC 223 last April.
Currently holding an interim title is Poirier, who has won his last five fights (excluding one no contest). “The Diamond” earned his belt with a unanimous decision win over Max Holloway (the reigning featherweight champion who was moving up in weight to fight Poirier) at UFC 236. Shortly after that victory, UFC president Dana White declared that Poirier would be next to challenge Nurmagomedov.
UFC 242 will air live on pay-per-view exclusively through the ESPN+ streaming service.