Nurmagomedov had some solid wins entering his effort at UFC 165 but none over opponents with Pat Healy’s resume. “Bam Bam” has been rock-solid for a long time and was riding the momentum of a sizeable winning streak going into the tilt. Nurmagomedov’s ability to out-grapple the grizzled wrestler was impressive in itself and his stand-up looked sharp as well. With the decision nod over Healy, it’s time to give Nurmagomedov a foe in the Top 5. Possible candidates could be Benson Henderson or T.J. Grant (with Rafael dos Anjos interesting as well even if not as highly ranked).
Less than a week removed from the epic bout between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and polished contender Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 emotions are still running high where the card is concerned. Jones and Gustafsson turned in an instant classic, battling it out over five furious frames with “Bones” barely emerging with a victory. Of course, the 205-pound king certainly wasn’t the only competitor picking up an extremely important win. With the event officially in the books, it’s now time to take a look at what’s next for some of the card’s biggest winners. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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