Khabib Set To Defend His UFC Lightweight Title Against Dustin Poirier In September

Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to defend his UFC lightweight title against interim-champion Dustin Poirier in September.

Poirier, 30, beat Max Holloway at UFC 236 to claim UFC gold. He picked up the interim UFC lightweight strap after outpointing the Hawaiian in a five-round slug-fest.

He'll now unify titles against Nurmagomedov in a blockbuster unification.

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UFC president Dana White confirmed Nurmagomedov will return to the famed Octagon in September.

"He'll be back in September," he said. "It's one of the things with him anyways, he's on suspension and then he doesn't fight during Ramadan. That puts him at September."

Poirier has now hinted at a September unification by posting a message on social media.

"Gonna be a September to remember! #undisputed," he wrote on Twitter.

Reports also suggest the lightweight showdown is heading to Abu Dhabi. The promotion hasn't held an event in the Middle East since 2014.

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Image: PA

Meanwhile, 'The Diamond' improved his professional record to 25-5 (1) and is in line for another huge fight.

He's riding a four-fight win streak which includes scalps over former UFC champions in Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez. He's also defeated Justin Gaethje and the aforementioned Holloway.

Nurmagomedov, on the other hand, is currently serving a nine-month suspension but is slated to fight in September.

He's unbeaten in MMA including 11 victories under the UFC banner.

In his last fight, the Dagestan phenom successfully defended his belt by stopping Conor McGregor at UFC 229.

He submitted the Irishman in the fourth round to extend his perfect record to 27-0.

How will Nurmagomedov fare versus Poirier?

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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