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The main card of the UFC 165: “Jones vs. Gustafsson” pay-per-view (PPV) tonight (Sat., Sept. 21, 2013) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, kicked off with a lightweight battle pitting Strikeforce veteran Pat Healy, in his first bout since having his victory over Jim Miller overturned thanks to a positive drug test for marijuana, against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
What way to kick off a show.
The two engaging 155-pound brawlers lived up to their reputations, unloading on each other with heavy punches and combinations throughout a busy opening round. Neither took the advantage, however, not really. Healy was cut on his cheek but generally, both appeared to be none the worse for the wear.
“Bam Bam” was more aggressive early in the second round but Nurmagomedov avoided taking too much damage and let Healy wear himself down enough that a late takedown was far too easy to achieve.
Still, it was relatively close.
Then, in the third, Nurmagomedov found the takedown in just over one minute, leading to Healy’s corner begging for him to get back to his feet. The Canadian crowd may not have liked it, but it was an effective point-scoring strategy in a close fight where every little bit counts.
The high point of the fight came when Nurmagomedov picked Healy up, walked him all the way across the cage, and slammed him to the mat. Despite the fact that there were two minutes left, that pretty much sealed the deal for the round.
But the fight, overall, was incredibly close.
Ultimately, Nurmagomedov was awarded the decision on scores of 30-27 across the board.
For complete UFC 165 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night’s action click here.
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 [...]
An important lightweight bout has been penciled in for UFC 165.
Contenders Pat Healy and Khabib Nurmagomedov have verbally agreed to meet at the Sept. 21 event in Toronto, MMAFighting.com confirmed with sources close to the event. According to those same sources, the fighters have yet to sign bout agreements.
The fight was first reported by Valetudo.ru.
The veteran Healy (29-16, 1 NC) defeated Jim Miller via submission at UFC 159, however, his successful return to the UFC was tainted after he tested positive for marijuana following the fight and was suspended for three months by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. As a result, Healy’s win was changed to a no contest, and he lost the opportunity to earn $ 130,000 in fight night bonuses.
“When you mess up, all you can do is step up and own it,” Healy said on The MMA Hour after the fight.. “I wish I could blame someone else, but it’s my own fault. It’s my own bad choices. So, I gotta be a man about this. It sucks and it’s embarrassing and it’s not something I want my name involved with it, but it is what it is now and I have to be a man about it.”
The 24-year-old Nurmagomedov (20-0) has looked impressive in first four UFC fights. He had been campaigning for a fight against B.J. Penn, but he’ll have to settle for one of Penn’s training partners.
UFC 165, headlined by Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC light heavyweight title, will take place at the Air Canada Centre.
If you haven’t taken notice of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC run so far, it may be time to start tuning in, as the rising lightweight has gone 4-0 in the Octagon and appears headed to big things with the promotion. If you feel like watching a takedown and grappling clinic, cue up his recent unanimous decision [...]
LAS VEGAS — Khabib Nurmagomedov talks about missing weight for his UFC 160 bout with Abel Trujillo, the weigh-in altercation with his opponent, wanting to demonstrate his wrestling techniques, the significance of his hat, and more.
MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant talks with UFC Lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov moments after his victory over Abel Trujillo at UFC 160. Khabib talks about his strategy in the fight, his training at AKA in San Jose, the buzz surrounding him as the next big thing and more.
UFC 160 Weigh-In Results: Nurmagomedov Blows It, Bigfoot Has a 23-Pound Weight Advantage Against Velasquez
The 24 fighters on the UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 card weighed-in earlier today in Las Vegas — with varying degrees of success. First, the bad news: Undefeated lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov might have just cursed himself to another year of FX curtain-jerking by coming in a whopping 3.5 pounds over the 155-pound limit. Instead of trying to cut 2.5 pounds to make 156, Nurmagomedov forfeited 20% of his purse, 10% of which will go to his opponent Abel Trujillo, with the other 10% going to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. As if that didn’t make Nurma look like enough of a jackass, he followed up the weigh-in by donning his traditional Ben Askren wig then shoving Trujillo for no particular reason. (Skip to the 9:53 mark of the above video, and you will see a side of Burt Watson you’ve never seen before.)
In other news, both heavyweight bouts on the main card feature 20+ pound weight differentials, with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva coming in 23 pounds heavier than champion Cain Velasquez, and Mark Hunt out-hefting Junior Dos Santos by 25. Check out the full UFC 160 weigh-in results after the jump, and be sure to come back to CagePotato.com tomorrow night for our liveblogs, starting with the FX prelims at 8 p.m. ET.
PAY-PER-VIEW MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET)
Cain Velasquez (240) vs. Antonio Silva (263)
Junior dos Santos (239) vs. Mark Hunt (264)
Glover Teixeira (205) vs. James Te Huna (206)
Gray Maynard (156) vs. T.J. Grant (155)
Donald Cerrone (155) vs. K.J. Noons (156)
FX PRELIMS (8 p.m. ET)
Mike Pyle (170) vs. Rick Story (169)
Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Max Holloway (145)
Colton Smith (170) vs. Robert Whittaker (171)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (158.5) vs. Abel Trujillo (155)
FACEBOOK PRELIMS (6:35 p.m. ET)
Stephen Thompson (170) vs. Nah-Shon Burrell (171)*
Brian Bowles (135) vs. George Roop (135)
Jeremy Stephens (146) vs. Estevan Payan (145)
* Burrell originally weighed-in at 172 pounds, but was able to make 171 on his second attempt.
A pair of new lightweight contests has joined the growing UFC 160 fight bill, as Gray Maynard faces T.J. Grant and Abel Trujillo meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at the May 25 event.
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