Makhachev has confirmed weight gain for title fight against Poirier at UFC 302

Lightweight champion, Makhachev will count on the return of Khabib Nurmagomedov to his corner in the fight against Poirier

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I. Makhachev is considered by many to be the 'successor' of K. Nurmagomedov. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

On the eve of defending the lightweight belt (up to 70,3 kg), Islam makhachev gained weight reinforcement for the duel against Dustin poirier in the main fight of UFC 302, this Saturday (1): the return of Khabib Nurmagomedov to your corner.

The revelation was made by himself Islam makhachev. While signing posters for the event, the Russian told UFC officials that Khabib had arrived in New Jersey to work in his corner for the title fight.

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“The Eagle has landed in Jersey City. He will be in my corner. Honestly, I'm very happy because he's one of the best corner coaches, my brother and friend. That’s it”, said the Russian in a video published on Ultimate’s social media.

Lightweight legend (up to 70,3 kg), Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from professional MMA in 2020 following the death of his Abdulmanap. After hanging up his gloves, the Russian continued his father's legacy as a coach, but recently stepped away from such activities as well. The former champion continued working with Islam makhachev and other athletes in training camps, but stopped accompanying them during fights after his pupil won the belt against Charles of the Bronx in 2022.

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With the support of Khabib Nurmagomedov in your corner, Islam makhachev seeks third belt defense in duel against Dustin poirier in the main fight of UFC 302, this Saturday (1), in New Jersey, in the United States.

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