There are plenty of pivotal bouts scheduled for this Saturday’s UFC 165 card, which should either produce outstanding action or have big ranking implications tied to them. One of these is the lightweight scrap scheduled between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Pat Healy, which of course features on of the promotion’s emerging fighters in Nurmagomedov taking on the #10 ranked 155ér.
Not only that, but the bout will mark the first time Healy has competed since UFC 159 in April, when he submitted Jim Miller. The fight, which also earned Healy “Submission of the Night” honors and buzzed the entire MMA world, however, was overturned after the rugged vet tested positive for marijuana. It was a dramatic turn around for the fighter considering he had defeated one of the UFC’s longest running contenders.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie.com, here’s what Healy had to say about his post-fight drug test, the repercussions, as well as the memorable fight itself.
Testing positive for marijuana, losing that bonus, that win, it was just so disappointing. So, so disappointing. It was something that I didn’t think would be an issue at all. I was going to the mailbox every day looking for that check. It was a good lesson. You can’t play around in this business. You can’t break the rules and think you’re going to get away with it. Your career is a fragile thing.
The Jim Miller fight was great, but to me, nothing beats my win over Carlos Condit. There were maybe (1,000) or 2,000 people there in a 15,000-seat arena. Not a great turnout. I think the show totally bombed, and I’ve actually never seen the tape. But it was a great, back-and-forth fight. I had him in trouble, then he had me. It was such a high pace – even now, Condit forces people to fight at such a high pace. I remember getting caught in a choke and then him letting go. I literally felt like I was going to pass out. I was so exhausted, I almost blacked out. It was crazy, just feeling that and getting the win and knowing you gave everything you had. It was a great moment for me.
Healy-Nurmagomedov is definitely one of the ‘must-sees’ scheduled for Saturday. UFC 165 will be hosted by Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and the main card will be available via pay-per-view.
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