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Khabib is back in Islam Makachev’s corner for UFC 302!

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Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov will team up for UFC 302. Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie – USA TODAY Sports

In recent years, Khabib Nurmagomedov took a step back from coaching and cornering his friend and teammate Islam Makhachev. But for the upcoming title bout against Dustin Poirier, Nurmagomedov will be back in action in the champion’s corner.

“He’s going to be in my corner. Honestly, I’m very happy because he’s one of the best corner coaches, brother, friend. That’s it,” Makhachev told UFC officials.”

Nurmagomedov, who faced Poirier back in 2019, is confident that Makhachev will get his hands raised on Saturday.

“I have a good sense of (Poirier’s) strengths and weaknesses. We are working hard on these aspects,” Nurmagomedov said. “I really hope that Islam will finish him off in the second or third round.”

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UFC 302 Fight Card

Main card

  • Lightweight bout: Islam Makhachev (c) vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Middleweight bout: Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa
  • Middleweight bout: Kevin Holland vs. Michał Oleksiejczuk
  • Heavyweight bout: Jailton Almeida vs. Alexander Romanov
  • Welterweight bout: Randy Brown vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Preliminary card

  • Middleweight bout: Cesar Almeida vs. Roman Kopylov
  • Lightweight bout: Grant Dawson vs. Joe Solecki
  • Welterweight bout: Philip Rowe vs. Jake Matthews
  • Welterweight bout: Niko Price vs. Alex Morono

Early preliminary card

  • Welterweight bout: Mickey Gall vs. Bassil Hafez
  • Women’s Bantamweight bout: Ailin Perez vs. Joselyne Edwards

* Fight card is a subject of change.

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