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On Episode 1 of UFC 242 Embedded, interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier gets a hero’s welcome and a billionaire’s ride when he lands in Abu Dhabi. Co-main event stars Edson Barboza and Paul Felder arrive, excited for their upcoming rematch. Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov trains, surrounded by an expanded team that includes his father and lifelong coach.
UFC 242 marks the first time that Khabib’s father will be able to corner him in the Octagon, and it’s a special moment for the UFC champion. As he said during a recent UFC 242 media call:
“I think it’s going to be very big and a very good show for everybody who’s going to fight in Abu Dhabi. For me, my father can come to Abu Dhabi. He’s going to be my corner (for the) first time in UFC because he don’t have visa and he can’t come to U.S. But in Abu Dhabi, a lot of friends can come. For Russian people, you don’t need visa to come to Abu Dhabi. They already sold all tickets. It’s going to be good show for me, my family, my team. (My) father is going to come, and I’m very excited about this. I can’t wait.”
UFC 242 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the lightweight unification bout taking place Saturday, September 7th at a special time of 2 pm ET/11 am PT. Order the Pay-Per-View at ESPNPlus.com/PPV.
Tune in Saturday, Sept. 7, at a special EARLY START TIME of 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT for full UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier live results from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov looks to unify his belt with that of interim lightweight titleholder Dustin Poirier in the UFC 242 main event.