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UFC 165: Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Preview

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Gary A Vasquez-USA Today Sports

UFC 165 features an exciting lightweight bout between Pat Healy and Khabib Nurmagomedov. The winner of this bout has the chance to move up the rankings and possibly challenge for the title, which is currently being held by Anthony Pettis.

Healy has looked great coming into this lightweight contender bout. In his UFC return, Healy was able to dominate Jim Miller, and he was able to get an impressive submission win. This bout would have been Healy’s seventh straight win, but a failed drug test to marijuana forced the commission to turn the win into a no contest. His win bonus was also taken away and given to Bryan Caraway, who petitioned to receive the money via Twitter. It was an unfortunate event, but one that Healy has moved on from.

Khabib is one of the hottest prospects in the lightweight division right now. He is currently 20-0 in his fighting career, which is a rarity at this stage in MMA. He is 4-0 in the UFC, and has beaten some quality opponents in Gleison Tibau, Thiago Tavares, and Abel Trujillo. Khabib is a multiple Combat Sambo champion, and he is one of the best wrestlers in the division. Currently, he is ranked No. 10 in the lightweight division, but a win over Healy would be huge for his career, and makes him a serious threat for any fighter in this division.

Both fighters in this match up are known for their relentless pace, and it will be interesting to see who breaks first. A lot is on the line in this bout, making it all the more intriguing.