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UFC 165: Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs. Pat Healy

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Pat Healy

We open up the pay-per-view main card with a lightweight war between Khabib Nurmagomedov (20-0) and Pat Healy (29-16). Nurmagomedov has finished two of his four UFC opponents, while Healy is unbeaten in his last seven fights, winning six with one no-contest. Yves Lavigne is the third man inside the Octagon. The Ontario athletic commission forced Healy to trim his beard after weigh-ins Friday.

Round 1: Healy comes swooping in with a left-right combo. Left uppercut by Nurmagomedov stops Healy for a brief moment, showing “Bam Bam” his power right off the start. Healy looking to make this ugly, while Nurmagomedov tends to be more precise with his offense. Healy swinging with everything he has, lefts, rights to the head and body. Another step-in uppercut lands by Nurmagomedov, as does a kick. Healy back, charging forward with lefts and rights. Such a contrasting style it is very interesting to see. Flying knee by Nurmagomedov stuns Healy, as does another uppercut. Healy’s face is already starting to show some damage and Nurmagomedov appears to be sensing blood. Big left lands, and a big left uppercut just misses. Nurmagomedov must have seen something in watching film, as he has thrown that step-in uppercut countless times. Nurmagomedov with two takedowns to seal the opening round in his favor.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov

Round 2: Healy feeling it, attacking the body of Nurmagomedov. The Russian scores with his third takedown and immediately goes to the back, landing several uncontested lefts directly to the face. Head kick by Nurmagomedov just lands, and once again, Healy is coming forward. Healy tags Nurmagomedov with a right to the side of the head, but he can’t follow up. Nice knee to the body by Healy inside the clinch, and Nurmagomedov scores with a trip takedown against the fence. Healy with a jab, followed by a 1-2 combo. Nurmagomedov goes back to the clinch, as he appears to have slowed dramatically from the start of this round. One more takedown by Nurmagomedov, possibly stealing this round in the waning moments.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov

Round 3: Healy denies a takedown attempt and goes to the body with his striking. This time, Healy has no chance to stop the takedown, as Nurmagomedov powers through with a double-leg. Healy possible looking for a submission, as his corner yells at him to stand up. Nurmagomedov on top, doing a little damage – enough to keep the ref from standing them up as we approach three minutes. Healy gets to his feet, and Nurmagomedov scoops him up, walks across the cage with Healy on his shoulder and slams him down. Nurmagomedov, looking the fresher fighter, works to advance his position and impose his will. Big lefts and rights now from Nurmagomedov, who is in complete control. A win would do wonders, a finish could really vault him up the standings.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Pat Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)