No disrespect to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is absolutely an apt adversary with excellent grappling, powerful, precise hands, and some sneaky submissions, but Pat Healy is an excellent underdog to put down some action on. His performance against Jim Miller was a thing of beauty and anyone with a firm grasp of reality knows the subsequent hit for marijuana use had zilch to do with the victory-turned-No Contest. He’s a hard-nosed grappler with a lot of heart and a granite beard. While Nurmagomedov is good, he’s untested, and that definitely can’t be said about a guy like “Bam Bam” who has beaten opponents including Dan Hardy, Paul Daley, and Carlos Condit.
As has been said countless times on this site, one of the most beautiful aspects of Mixed Martial Arts as a sport involves the inherent unpredictability of fighting. All it takes is one punch, a split-second mistake on the ground, or an untimely injury to turn an underdog into a winner or even champion. UFC 165 isn’t likely to be an exception to the rule, and though it’s impossible to know exactly who will be left standing when the smoke clears on September 21, there’s no doubt a few upsets are on the horizon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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