Tonight’s UFC 165 fight card kicked off in the lightweight division with an intriguing bout between Pat Healy and Khabib Nurmagomedov. The bout certainly impressed as would prove the victor in a three round battle that elevates the Dagestani in the UFC lightweight division.
Nurmagomedov Controls Healy
Dagestani fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov put on the best performance of his career against Pat Healy tonight in Torono, Ontario, Canada. Nurmagomedov controled the fight with a mix of dynamic strikes and solid grappling that prevented Healy from controlling the pace like he usually does. In the end, Nurmagomedov punctuated an impressive performance with a power slam and solid ground-and-pound to nab a strong unanimous decision victory.
The talented Dagestani fighter is now primed to make a big run in the UFC’s lightweight division by cementing his status as a top 10 lightweight.
Rd. 1- Yves Lavigne is our referee tonight. Uppercut to left hook by Khabib to start the action. Healy is swinging but not landing. Healy tries for a takedown but is rebuffed. Stiff left by Khabib but Healy storms forward. Step-in uppercut by Khabib. Flying knees by Khabib and they’re landing but Healy is still standing. Khabib connects again and Healy is but now. Healy attacks but gets countered. Healy pressure forward but just cannot seem to find a home for it. Flying knee by Khabib. Khabib with a perfectly timed takedown with 0:30 left. Healy works out but is takedown again but Healy stands. Huge shot by Khabib as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Nurmagomedov.
Rd. 2- Healy swarms forward again and he is the aggressor as he lands to the body. Khabib with a body lock takedown and he takes Healy’s back. Brutal shots by Khabib along the cage but Healy escapes. Healy is just struggling to find his range so far but he is coming closer. Nice combo by Nurmagomedov punctuated by a head kick. Healy with a big shot of his own now. Khabib is starting to tire a bit and he looks for the takedown. Knees by Nurmagomedov in the clinch and he works Healy down to the canvas briefly. Nurmagomedovs with a right as Hely stands. Healy backs up Khabib with a right. Khabib connects with a body kick and he is in on a takedown attempt with a minute left. Uppercuts by Khabib on the break and he looks for another takedown. After a brief separation Khabib lands a beautiful takedown and Khabib is going to work on top as the round comes to a close. MMAFrenzy has this fight 20-18 Nurmagomedov.
Rd. 3- Khabib in on a takedown again and Healy fends it off. Good combo by Khabib but a nice hook by Healy lands. Body kick by Nurmagomedov and he doubles it up. Healy’s takedown is stuffed easily by Khabib. Khabib with a driving takedown and he goes to work on the floor. Pat’s corner is pleading with him to stand but Khabib is working hard on top with ground and pound from half guard. Healy works up but Khabib lifts him up and power slams him on the far side of the Octagon. Very impressed with Khabib tonight. Khabib is going to work with a minute and a half left with some heavy ground-and-pound. Healy tries to work something off his back but Khabib is all over him. Khabib passes to side control and he is starting to break Healy. Healy regains half guard with 0:30 left but Khabib is too much for him. MMAFrenzy has the round and the fight going to Nurmagomedov (30-27)
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Pat Healy via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)