Islam Makhachev’s pleas for a return to competitors have been answered with a UFC 302 light-weight title protection in opposition to Dustin Poirier this summer time.

Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier preview

Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) seeks his third profitable title protection and his first in opposition to somebody not named Alexander Volkanovski. Makhachev rides a 13-fight profitable streak into the bout.

Poirier (30-8 MMA, 22-7 UFC) will get a uncommon third shot at UFC gold after two unsuccessful makes an attempt. Poirier’s first title bid was made in opposition to Makhachev’s mentor and buddy Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019. He challenged for the title in 2021 and misplaced to Charles Oliveira. Each defeats have been submissions.

Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier preliminary odds

Accord to preliminary odds on FanDuel, the battle is one thing of a mismatch, with Makhachev listed as a heavy -500 favourite, and Poirier because the +340 underdog.

Easy methods to watch Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC 302

  • When: Saturday, June 1, 2024
  • The place: Prudential Heart, Newark, N.J.
  • Streaming: ESPN+ pay-per-view

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