The veteran will finally headline a UFC pay-per-view event for the first time in his 16-year professional career when he faces Nate Diaz for a mythological belt on Nov. 2.
The fan-favorite is known more as a brawler, but believes a more cerebral attack is his key to pursuing the lightweight title.
A breakdown of the fights on the main card of UFC 242 on Saturday at The Arena at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Underdog hopes to be the first fighter to defeat star lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
The 30-year-old needed just 42 seconds to knock out women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade in the main event of UFC Fight Night 157.
The lightweight champion declined comment on a question about his arch-rival during a conference call promoting his upcoming UFC 242 title defense against Dustin Poirier.
The former two-division champion, who continues to make questionable decisions outside the cage, indicated he plans to fight this year. His last bout was in October.