Pat Healy was returning from a suspension for testing positive for marijuana and was expected to provide a good barometer of where Nurmagomedov ranked in the division.
After UFC 165, I think we can safely say Nurmagomedov belongs in the top 10.
The former Combat Sambo champion showcased his solid ground game after confusing himself for a striker early in the fight. He was a little wild to start things off but eventually found his groove with the takedowns, including carrying Healy on his shoulder in a move that looked like something out of a Matt Hughes classic.
Now that Nurmagomedov has defeated one of the tougher lightweights in the game, it's time to give him a Top 10 opponent.