Khabib Nurmagomedov makes weight for Dustin Poirier fight at UFC 242

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There had been fears Nurmagomedov would not make the limit – but he was first on the scales.

Khabib Nurmagomedov stripped off to step on the scales but weighed in at 155lb for his title fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.

The lightweight champion skipped his media commitments on Thursday, sparking speculation that he was finding his cut tough.

But he checked his weight 10 minutes before the official window opened on Friday and appeared content with the reading.

He returned just after 9am to officially make the lightweight limit, albeit with the aid of a towel.

Poirier followed minutes later and also weighed 155lb to ensure both men are eligible to win the belt in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night.

A small band of fans attended the official weigh-in with the ceremonial ones to follow on Friday afternoon where the fighters will face off for the final time.

Khabib Nurmagomedov weighs in (Image: Twitter/UFC)

Nurmagomedov said simply: “See you tomorrow” as he departed the stage.

The 30-year-old defends his lightweight title for the first time since he choked out Conor McGregor last October.

And he believes Poirier will prove a tougher test than the Irishman.

“Right now, when I watch Dustin Poirier I think it’s going to be my toughest challenge,” he said this week.

“I always think like this. Even when I fight with Darrell Horcher, I think okay this guy is my toughest challenge. I don’t want to make a mistake; I don’t want to underestimate this guy. I think a lot of people underestimate his ground game.

Dustin Poirier also made weight (Image: Twitter/UFC)

“I think he has good ground game, Dustin. He has good grappling, he has a good old school style. But he’s not bad on the ground, he’s not bad on feet, his kicking, his kneeing, his punching, his footwork, he’s very good fighter. I think it’s going to be very tough fight for me.

“I’m ready for this, like almost 100 days – last 100 days I trained so hard for this fight. Now only one week before the fight and I’m still focused.

“We’re almost there, the fight is around the corner and I’m very focused on Dustin Poirier, I’m not underestimating this guy.”

Credit: Martin Domin

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