The UFC hosted a press conference for the card, which takes place Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi, in London to promote the event. The 155-pound champ Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) and interim titleholder Poirier (25-5 MMA, 17-4 UFC) were both in attendance to answer questions from the media. Afterward, they had their first faceoff.
Both men have been respectful toward one another since the fight was announced, and that remained the case when they came within striking distance of each other for the first time.
Watch the video above to see the Nurmagomedov vs. Poirier faceoff from the UFC 242 stream news conference.