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Dominant performances are awarded when you prove to be the rightful contender to the title that you’ve worked hard to win. After earning wins against Lightweight contenders like UFC’s Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has, it’ll bring the perks that are earned with that.
Despite a post-fight brawl at UFC 229, it didn’t stop the UFC from continuing to keep the division moving. Dustin Poirier won the interim Lightweight title after defeating Max Holloway, and then the UFC made a deal with Nurmagomedov to make him the highest-paid UFC fighter.
Along with the payday, Nurmagomedov will face Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on September 7th. His newest deal includes a clause in relation to fighting former two-division Champion Georges St-Pierre. This is a fight that Nurmagomedov has asked for an extended period of time, and could be monumental for the UFC.
Nurmagomedov’s MMA record is 27-0 and includes an 11-fight win streak in the UFC. With Poirier promising to be the one that’ll end the streak, Nurmagomedov has a lot to look forward to in 2019. With other contenders such as Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, and Donald Cerrone in the Lightweight division, “The Eagle” has an endless amount of options moving forward.
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