An intriguing lightweight matchup between eight-time Strikeforce veteran Pat Healy (29-16 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and undefeated Russian prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) has been added to September's UFC 165 event.
UFC officials today announced the new booking. While the bout's positioning on the evening's official lineup was not revealed, it seems destined for a main-card slot.
Featuring a pair of championship matchups, "UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson" takes place Sept. 21 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view following preliminary bouts that air on FOX Sports 1 and stream on Facebook.
Healy, who's currently ranked No. 9 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA lightweight rankings, made his UFC debut in April and scored an impressive third-round submission win over perennial contender Jim Miller. However, that fight was erased from the record books when Healy tested positive for marijuana following the win. Still, "Bam Bam" sports a 9-1 mark in his past 10 official contests.
Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov sits at No. 15 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA lightweight rankings. A 24-year-old wrestling stud and judo black belt, Nurmagomedov made his UFC debut in January 2012 and already owns wins over Abel Trujillo, Thiago Tavares, Gleison Tibau and Kamal Shalorus. While he seems a top contender in the division, he did miss weight in a Mat fight with Trujillo, adding a small blemish to an otherwise spotless career mark.
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