The news was made official by the UFC today as they confirmed the booking between the two brawling lightweights. However, the bouts placement on the card is still uncertain, although I cant imagine this fight being placed anywhere but the main card.
Pat Healy will be making his UFC return following his impressive April debut with the company that saw him win FOTN and Submission of the Night honors as he ran through perennial contender, Jim Miller. All of that was erased, though, when Healy tested positive for marijuana following the fight and was stripped of the bonuses and his victory over Miller. Healy is 9-1 in his last 10 official fights and he’ll be in search of his first official win inside the UFC octagon come September 21st.
He’ll have his hands extremely full as he squares off against the talented, undefeated Russian judo and wrestling specialist, Khabib Nurmagomedov. He is also coming off of a clouded win as he defeated Abel Trujillo in May but missed the 155 pound weight mark prior to that bout. Regardless, Khabib nabbed the win that night and moved his UFC record to 4-0 and pushed his world ranking to 15. A win over Healy will undoubtedly place Nurmagomedov in the front of the contention line in the UFC lightweight stables, but “Bam Bam” is just as determined to earn himself a spot in line for the gold. This is a huge addition for UFC 165 and a big fight with heavy ramifications on the lightweight division.
UFC 165 is scheduled to be co-headlined by two title fights as Jon Jones defends his light heavyweight strap for a UFC record setting 6th consecutive time as he goes to battle with Alexander Gustafsson and UFC interim bantamweight Champion Renan Baroa places his title on the line against the talented Eddie Wineland. The main card will air on PPV with the preliminary bouts airing on Fox Sports 1 and Facebook.