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Healy and Nurmagomedov Agree to UFC 165 Tilt

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Khabib Nurmagomedov recently called out TJ Grant, but it looks like the Russian fighter has landed a fight with another top ten fighter instead, as Pat Healy has reportedly agreed to battle the rising lightweight.

According to a report from MMA, sources close to the event have confirmed the two have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 165, which will go down September 21st in Toronto. The match-up was apparently reported first by Vale

Healy (29-16) hasn’t fought now since UFC 159 in April, when he choked out Jim Miller, but the impressive win was changed to a no contest after he tested positive for marijuana. Not only that, but the test cost Healy 130K in fight night bonuses and landed him a three month suspension. The only man to defeat the rugged Healy in his last ten fights is the UFC’s #4 ranked lightweight Josh Thomson.

Nurmagomedov (20-0) continues to roll since he arrived in the UFC, as the decorated sambo competitor is coming off a one sided, UD win over Abel Trujillo at UFC 160, after stopping Thiago Tavares at UFC on FX 7 in January. “The Eagle” has won four bouts now with the UFC.

So, Nurmagomedov wanted to test himself against a top contender, and he’s definitely got that in Healy, assuming of course that the fight ends up being signed. It’s a really intriguing match-up, considering the awe inspiring grappling skills of both men. It’s big opportunity for each fighter as well, particularly for Nurmagomedov, who could land a top ten spot if defeats “Bam Bam.”

UFC 165 will be hosted by Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and will feature light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones taking on Alexander Gustafsson in the main event.

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