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Khabib Nurmagomedov: 'We have great respect for Dustin Poirier, but …'

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: 'We have great respect for Dustin Poirier, but …'



Lightweight champion Islam Makhachev puts his title on the line against former interim titleholder Dustin Poirier in the UFC 302 main event on June 1.  Makhachev is familiar with Poirier, even though they have never met.  

When Poirier fought Makhachev’s coach and mentor, former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, at UFC 242 in September 2019, Makhachev helped Nurmagomedov prepare for the fight.  He also helped set up the strategy for “The Diamond” to beat Nurmagomedov.  

“When Khabib was preparing for him, we trained together, and I was already involved in the discussion of the fight preparation plan against Dustin. I don’t think the preparation and plan for the fight will differ much because we know Dustin’s strengths and weaknesses,” Makhachev said in a YouTube video.

Makhachev’s and Nurmagomedov’s roles have shifted, with Nurmagomedov assisting Makhachev to prepare for his defense of his title against Poirier.  Nurmagomedov, Makhachev and Poirier respect each other’s abilities and their legacy. However, they will use the same plan that Nurmagomedov used in 2019.  Nurmagomedov defeated Poirier at the third round and hopes Makhachev can do the same.     

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