If you were one of the many who thought Pat Healy shaped up as the toughest test in the career of Khabib Nurmagomedov, then you can’t help but trot out an ‘A’ for the latter’s effort at UFC 165 against the grizzled veteran lightweight. “The Eagle” definitely soared to great heights with the most impressive performance of his career as he steamrolled his way to a dominant unanimous decision victory.
Nurmagomedov bloodied Healy in the opening round via strikes and simply wasn’t going to be denied against the top-10 lightweight contender. Nurmagomedov continued to showcase his high work rate and tremendous grappling skills in improving to 5-0 in the Octagon and remaining a perfect 21-0 during his MMA career. He also displayed an impressive arsenal with flying knees, and probably had the most indelible image of the fight with a takedown of Healy that began at one end of the cage and ended at the other.
The Russian Sambo ace has clearly shown he is a load for anyone at the 155 pound weight class during his UFC tenure. It’s always a complement when you are able to outlast the ultimate grinder, and that is exactly what Nurmagomedov did in securing this victory in Toronto. While his post-fight request for a championship fight will have to wait, as champion Anthony Pettis and challenger Josh Thomson will square off in December, there is no doubt that another high-profile victory for Nurmagomedov will put him in line for the title shot that he desires.
Healy is one tough hombre who has faced the best during his extensive career and at UFC 165, he was simply no match for what Nurmagomedov brought to the table.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports