Not only will UFC 165 feature two potentially fantastic title fights, but the card will also see several emerging fighters compete, including men like Mike Ricci, Myles Jury and Khabib Nurmagomedov among others.
In the case of Nurmagomedov, not only has “The Eagle” gone 4-0 in the UFC thus far, but he’s looked extremely impressive in defeating the likes of Gleison Tibau, Thiago Tavares and Abel Trujillo. As a result, the 24 year-old believes that he’s worthy of a title shot if can defeat the promotion’s #10 lightweight Pat Healy on Saturday. While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, Nurmagomedov relayed:
“I think I will deserve the title shot, but it’s really up to the UFC to make that decision,” Nurmagomedov (20-0) said through a translator. “If they offered me another fight, I definitely wouldn’t mind that, and I’ll go along with it.”
Of course, getting by Healy will likely be no easy task, as we’re talking about a rugged and well rounded fighter who took out perennial contender Jim Miller in his last outing (no contest aside). So what does the former Sambo champion plan to do versus “Bam Bam”? Who is undefeated in seven straight fights?
“I’ve got a lot of surprises for this guy,” Nurmagomedov noted. “I’ve got my own plan, and I’m pretty good at breaking plans as well and breaking guys in the cage.”
The Russian fighter also relayed that he’s been training with Josh Thomson, Jon Fitch and Jake Shields in preparation for the bout. It’s a huge fight, and will be interesting to see how each man looks to secure the win.
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