Khabib Nurmagomedov nets $100k for Dustin Poirier’s UFC 242 fight shirt

Khabib Nurmagomedov managed to get six figures for Dustin Poirier’s fight-worn shirt from their UFC 242 championship bout – all of which will go to charity.

In the aftermath of Nurmagomedov’s (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) submission victory over Poirier (25-6 MMA, 17-5 UFC) to defend the lightweight title this month, the two competitors exchanged Reebok shirts inside the octagon in a heartwarming moment of sportsmanship.

Nurmagomedov said he planned to auction the shirt off, with all the proceeds going to Poirier’s charity, The Good Fight Foundation, in partnership with Justin Wren’s Fight For The Forgotten. With more than 17 million total social media followers, Nurmagomedov felt he could get a significant price, and he was right.

Poirier today told MMA Junkie that the shirt sold for $100,000, which will be of great benefit to the UFC 242 charity goal of building water wells to repair a ruined water supply at an orphanage and school in Uganda.

“It’s great because it’s going to help a lot of people,” Poirier told MMA Junkie. “I’m proud of that. I appreciate them helping out the charity. It’s been growing and I’m very grateful for that.”

Immediately following UFC 242, company president Dana White praised the philanthropy of Poirier and Nurmagomedov. He said he would match whatever sum of money Nurmagomedov raised for auctioning off the shirt.

In addition to Nurmagomedov’s six-figure contribution, The Good Fight Foundation had already surpassed its financial goal. Originally set for $25,000, there’s already more than $33,000 raised online through the website.

You can donate at TheGoodFightGroup.com, or go to FightForTheForgotten.com and donate straight to the cause.

After hard-earned draw at UFC 242, England’s Lerone Murphy says best yet to come

English featherweight Lerone Murphy may not have been the best-known name on the fight card at UFC 242 but, after turning in a promising debut performance, he believes he’s ready to swim in the shark-infested waters of the UFC’s 145-pound division.

The 28-year-old had won the featherweight title in U.K. regional promotion Full Contact Contender in May and had just returned home from his holiday when he got the call to face Zubaira Tukhugov at UFC 242. While he admitted he didn’t recognize the Russian star’s name at first, a quick Google search soon revealed the task ahead of him.

“I searched him and I knew who he was then, and I was like ‘Wow, this is a crazy opportunity for me to go out there and get my name out there and prove I’m at that level,’” he told MMA Junkie upon his return to British soil. “Obviously I knew it was going to be a hard fight. It’s a big step up in competition and it’s on one of the biggest stages. I was just scared that the stage would take away from the performance, but it kind of added to it. When I first came out and I heard the crowd screaming and stuff, it was amazing. It gave me more fire.”

Murphy (8-0-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) revealed he went through a surreal experience as he made the walk from the dressing rooms to the octagon, where he was announced to the crowd by legendary octagon announcer Bruce Buffer. It felt strange to the Brit, but not because of the occasion. It felt strange because it felt like he’d already experienced it all before.

“We’re walking down the tunnel. It’s boiling hot because we had to go outside, but once we got back into the arena it was OK,” he said. “And I could see through the curtain the crowd and I was like, ‘Wow, yes. It’s time.’ And as soon as my music came on and I was walking out, I was smiling to myself thinking: ‘This is sick!’ I’m never normally like that. I’m normally focused, mind on the job. But I was enjoying myself, dancing to my music. It felt like I was meant to be there.

“I’ve been watching the UFC for years, so I’ve visualized that moment (being announced by Buffer) over and over again in my mind. Even playing the UFC video game, I created my own character. It’s all something I visualized, so it all felt normal in a weird way, like I’d been there before. It was crazy.”

Once the fight got underway, Murphy then had to adapt quickly to a much higher-level opponent than he’d faced in his previous eight career fights. Tukhugov (18-4-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) had more than twice the number of fights to his name than the Brit, and Murphy admitted it took him a round to fully adapt to the situation he’d found himself in.

“It was crazy. He had a weird style, as well,” he said. “He’d be just sat there like he’s doing nothing, then he’d just explode out of nowhere. It took me a round to get used to, and that’s why I got caught.

“He was strong, he was good. I did expect him to be better on the feet, but his grappling was tremendous. He was putting his pressure on in the right places, he was hard to get off me, he was strong. You could tell he’d just drilled all that kind of stuff with Khabib’s team. He was very strong in that area.”

But after returning to his corner following a tough opening five minutes, he was met by his team of head coach Carl Prince and training partner and friend Kane Mousah, who calmed his nerves before sending him out to put his own stamp on the fight.

“Once I got that first round out of the way and I’d felt his strength and felt his speed, I knew I could do better,” he said. “I knew I’d made a few mistakes in the first round and I knew I could still win this fight. So going into the second all my confidence was back and I was ready to go.”

And after a much-improved round that saw Murphy hold his own against the Russian star, Mousah delivered an inspiring pep-talk to his friend ahead of the final round. If it had the intention of firing up Murphy to produce the best round of the fight, it certainly worked, as the Brit dominated large parts of the final frame to take the contest all the way to the judges’ scorecards.

“Going from the second to the third, I got the pump-up talk and that made me think, ‘Come on, let’s get this. Let’s do this!’ and I nearly did in the end,” he said. “I think I got taken down in the last minute, and that caused the draw.

“To be fully honest, because he was the home fighter and he did have a lot of ground control I thought that they were going to give it to him. Even though he wasn’t doing anything on the ground, I thought they might just give it to him because he’s the home fighter. But I got the split-draw in the end. When I watched it back, I think I definitely won the second and third rounds. I’m happy with a draw, though, and we’ll go again.”

Given the short-notice assignment, it would have been easy for Murphy to use the quick turnaround as a reason for not getting the win, but the modest Brit sees it differently, and instead put it down to “inexperience and a few stupid errors.”

But despite not quite capping a memorable debut with a win, the Manchester native is taking the positives away from his Abu Dhabi mission. He is now a UFC fighter, having signed a four-fight deal before his debut, and he just put in a more than creditable performance against a dangerous name in the UFC’s talent-stacked featherweight division.

Murphy says he’d happily take another fight before the end of the year, but he has his heart set on a fight on home soil, when the UFC makes its now-annual pilgrimage to The O2 in London each March. But, for now, he just wants to get back to work, splitting his time between All Powers Gym in Stockport, England and Alliance MMA in San Diego, where he trains alongside the likes of Dominick Cruz, Jeremy Stephens and fellow Brit Brendan Loughnane.

“I want to go back to America, do some more training and improve my skillset,” he said. “Then, if I get a fight in March, I’ll be 10 times better – I’ll be a different fighter. I always grow between camps. I believe that the experience from this fight, the three rounds I’ve got in the bag, will make me a better fighter automatically, as well.”

And as a man looking to make his name in arguably the most competitive weight class in the UFC, Murphy knows he will have to give it his all as he embarks on the toughest, most exciting, chapter in his athletic career.

“You can expect me to grow and grow, and hopefully in the next 12 months or so I’ll be aiming for the Top 10,” he said. “I just know now I have to be putting in the work. I always do anyway, but it needs to be more structured work and to be filling these gaps in, because the featherweight division is crazy talented. I’ve been watching all the fighters closely in that division, and there’s no easy fights. They’re all going to be at that kind of level, and better, so I need to be prepared.”

VIDEO | Khabib Nurmagomedov meets Vladimir Putin after UFC 242

Khabib Nurmagomedov, a native of Dagestan, has become a massive star in larger Russia. So, what better way to celebrate his UFC 242 win than a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

At UFC 242, “The Eagle” once again delivered a dominant performance, this time against the lightweight interim champion, Dustin Poirier. He submitted Poirier during the third round. This huge win was celebrated by Russian fans who tuned in to watch the action on Saturday night.

Nurmagomedov sat down with the President, who congratulated him on his fighting success. He was joined by his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. Putin seemed his relaxed, and the pair showed a fellow camaraderie with a brief introductory hug.

He praised Khabib’s submission victory but also acknowledged the skill of his worthy opponent, Dustin Poirier. Watch the clip here courtesy, via RT Sport:

Nurmagomedov and Putin met before, when the President congratulated Nurmagomedov on his win over Conor McGregor and discussed the infamous cage jump. Watch last year’s meeting, courtesy of The Sun:

Vladimir Putin has spoken highly of Khabib Nurmagomedov in the past. He is also an avid sportsman who exercises 2-3 hours every day. He enjoys hockey, swimming and hiking. Putin is also a Judo champion who has been training since the age of 11.

Nurmagomedov is hoping to bring Georges St Pierre out of retirement to put his undefeated record to the test in his next fight. That being said, Tony Ferguson is widely expected to get the next crack at the champ. Stay tuned for updates on that.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/13/2019.

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Dustin Poirier Considering UFC Retirement

Dustin Poirier has told fans that he’s unsure of his future in the UFC, after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 last Saturday.

A four fight win streak for Poiirer came to an end in the third-round in Abu Dhabi. But ‘The Diamond’ gave it his all against Nurmagomedov in his second lightweight title defence, who extended his Professional MMA record to 28-0.

Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alavarez and Max Holloway had all faced Dustin Poirier and lost en route to his first title shot in the UFC. The Louisiana native was looking for more in his fight with Nurmagomedov, and was understandably disappointed with the result.

Just days after the loss Poirier posted a video on Twitter, where he talked about his future in the UFC.

Dustin Poirier: “If I Choose to Fight Again…”

“Thank you guys for the support, it means a lot to me. If I choose to fight again, I’ll be back strong. If not I’ll see what God has in store for me.”

Fans were surprised to hear Poirier’s news, who at 30-years-old has only seemed to get better each time he steps into the octagon. But, The Diamond has faced almost everyone in the division on his way to the interim title, and who his next opponent will be is unclear.

He could potentially face the winner of Al Iaquinta and Dan Hooker at UFC 243 next month, whilst a rematch at Conor McGregor could be on the cards. McGregor took to social media to suggest a rematch with Nurmagomedov in Moscow after his win against Poirier, but many fans feel that is not deserved for the Irishman who has not won a fight in three years.

Since his original tweet, Dustin Poirier has posted that he thinks it would make sense to have a rematch with McGregor. With the improvements Poirier has made since their first fight, it would be a great fight and as always with McGregor, good for business.

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UFC 242 in tweets

UFC 242 is in the books and Abu Dhabi was treated to some great action. Kicking off the main card was Mairbek Taisumov going up against Carlos Ferreira at lightweight. Both fighters were on the verge of breaking into the top 15 in the division and were looking to make a statement. From the first horn, it was clear to see that Ferreira was on the front foot, putting pressure on the Russian while he landed at will. Due to the pressure from Carlos, Taisumov struggled to implement his gameplan throughout the 15 minutes despite landing and cutting Ferreira in the second. The fight went to the judges scorecards and it was The Brazilian who heard his name read out as he extends his winning run to 5 inside the octagon.

Next up was the heavyweights as Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes squared off against Shamil Abdurakhimov. With Blaydes being so dominant in the top position, it was no surprise to see Curtis take the flight to his home. With the 251lbs Blaydes on top of him, Shamil struggled to explode out the situation he was in and was saved by the horn for the end of round one. The second round was much of the same, with Blaydes taking down Shamil but this time he managed to land more significant strikes from the top and referee Marc Goddard was forced to step in and save Abdurakhimov for another day.

Back to Lightweight’s we went as rising Russian star Islam Makhachev faced his toughest test to date as he went up against Davi Ramos. The first round was a chess match with the only notable shot being a straight left from Islam which got the crowds attention. In the second round, Makhachev landed a knee which caused a cut to Ramos as the Russian tried to swarm him but he couldn’t close the distance effectively. As the fight went to the judges, it was no surprise that Islam Makhachev saw out the decision as he eyed the winner of Barboza and Felder which was next up.

A rematch 4 years in the making was up next as Edson Barboza faced Paul Felder. In a fight which was tipped to be FOTN, the crowd were not left disappointed as the two men left it all in the cage. Barboza’s trademark kicks were on show early in the first but Felder ate them and kept coming forward. It was clear to see both fighters had improved massively in the 4 years since they last fought. In the second, Felder continued to pressure Edson against the cage, but the Brazilian took Felder down. While on the ground, it was Felder who the offensive fighter, landing short elbows which opened up a cut on the hairline of Barboza. The third round was very close, with Felder continuing the theme of the fight and advancing forward to the displeasure of Barboza. Paul Felder exacted revenge 4 years on as he got the nod from the judges to see out a  split decision win.

In the main event of the evening, Khabib Nurmagomedov was looking to defend his title against the interim champion Dustin Poirier. The fight started tentatively as both men were working out moving patterns for each other. Khabib caught a kick from Dustin but didn’t take it any further. Eventually, Nurmagomedov shot for a single leg and despite the best efforts of Poirier, Khabib had the fight exaclty where he wanted it. Through the 3 and a half minutes he had control, Khabib had the body lock and was constantly vying for submissions. At the start of the second, Dustin caught the champion and had him hurt and running round the cage, but as Dustin was onrushing Khabib shot for a double leg and once again, the fight was in Khabib’s world. As the third round started, Khabib shoots in and Poirier jumps guard for a guillotine choke attempt. The whole arena were in shock as it seemed that Khabib was about to be submitted. The Russian stayed calm and popped his head out and was on top once more. Khabib managed to get to the back of Poirier and sink in a rear naked choke to remain the undisputed Lightweight champion.

Check out the reaction to the night’s action in Abu Dhabi. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier. 

Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder

Islam Makhachev vs Davi Ramos

Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov

Carlos Ferreira vs Mairbek Taisumov

Check out the full main card results below 

Khabib Nurmagomedov bt Dustin Poirier via Submission (rear-naked choke) Round 3- 2:06

Paul Felder bt Edson Barboza via Decision (split) (27–30, 29–28, 30–27)

Islam Makhachev bt Davi Ramos via Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 30–26, 30–26)

Curtis Blaydes bt Shamil Abdurakhimov via TKO (elbow and punches) Round 2- 2:22

Carlos Ferreira bt Mairbek Taisumov via Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–27)