UFC 242: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier -- how to watch, plus full analysis

Khabib Nurmagomedov returns from an 11-month absence Saturday to defend his lightweight championship against interim champ Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The main card begins at a special time of 2 p.m. ET on pay-per-view, which fans can purchase here. The prelims are on ESPN+ and FX at noon, with the early prelims on ESPN+ at 10:15 a.m.

Nurmagomedov (27-0) is coming off a nine-month suspension, the result of him leaping over the Octagon fence and attacking Conor McGregor's corner after he submitted the Irishman back in October.

Poirier (25-5, 1 NC) last fought in April, when he dominated featherweight champ Max Holloway in a fight for an interim belt at 155 pounds.

Beyond the main event, the UFC 242 main card also includes three other lightweight fights, including Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder, plus a heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and Shamil Abdurakhimov.

Don't have ESPN+ for the prelims? Get it here.

There's also FightCenter, which offers live updates for UFC 241 and every UFC card.

UFC 242 schedule

PPV (via ESPN+), 2 p.m. ET

Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Dustin Poirier | Lightweight

Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder | Lightweight

Islam Makhachev vs. Davi Ramos | Lightweight

Curtis Blaydes vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov | Heavyweight

Mairbek Taisumov vs. Diego Ferreira | Lightweight

ESPN+/FX, noon

Joanne Calderwood vs. Andrea Lee | Women's flyweight

Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lerone Murphy | Men's featherweight

Liana Jojua vs. Sarah Moras | Women's bantamweight

Ottman Azaitar vs. Teemu Packalen | Lightweight

ESPN+, 10:15 a.m.

Belal Muhammad vs. Takashi Sato | Welterweight

Nordine Taleb vs. Muslim Salikhov | Welterweight

Omari Akhmedov vs. Zak Cummings | Middleweight

Don Madge vs. Fares Ziam | Lightweight

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