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 Fighting.com, 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 Tudo.ru.
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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