There are plenty of reasons to be stoked about today’s UFC 165 card in Toronto, and one of them is the lightweight scrap between Pat Healy and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Not only because of the abilities of each man, but because it’s a huge fight for both. Healy’s looking to score another impressive win, after having his submission victory over Jim Miller overturned, and Nurmagomedov will likely move into the top ten ranks if he can take out “Bam Bam.”
Now, considering Nurmagomedov is on a 20 fight win streak, and put on an absolute grappling clinic in his last win over Abel Trujillo, there’s a fair bit of buzz surrounding the Sambo champ. So much so, the betting lines have the “The Eagle” as the favourite heading into tonight’s card. So what does Healy think of this? Considering he’s undefeated in seven fights and just defeated (yes, no-contest aside) one of the promotion’s top 155’ers?
“I’m not going to lie,” Healy told MMA Fighting.com. “I’ve got a little bit of a chip on my shoulder about being made the underdog in this fight. It’s like people didn’t even see the Jim Miller fight.”
“This isn’t just going to be a wrestling match, but yeah, with everything that’s been said about Khabib’s takedowns, I do feel like I have a little bit of something to prove,” Healy said.
It should be an outstanding scrap. Healy also relayed in the story that he’s still hoping to fight former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez. The two were supposed to fight in Strikeforce, however, injuries to Melendez prevented the bout from happening.
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