With a win under his belt at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine, lightweight Pat Healy (29-16) can say he’s officially a UFC fighter. The grizzled grappler had strung together five wins prior to his outpointing of Kurt Holobaugh on Saturday night and was initially set to headline the card in a title-fight against Gilbert Melendez. However, Healy was never given any assurance he would be brought over to compete inside the Octagon without a victory in tow.
“Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s a done deal,” said the smiling Healy to MMAFighting moments after his victory over Holobaugh, stating he’d been told by Zuffa officials that a UFC run was in his future.
Though Strikeforce’s top contender, Healy isn’t looking for similar status when he makes his return to the UFC after a single unsuccessful appearance in 2006. Rather, he simply wants a scrap with an adversary whose skills he respects in hopes of delivering an entertaining effort to make a good first impression on UFC fans.
Fitting that bill, in Healy’s mind, is Joe Lauzon. Plus, given the 22-8 Lauzon’s reputation for earning extra paychecks, “Bam Bam” wouldn’t mind the financial boost after some lean years in Strikeforce.
“I think he’s a great opponent and he wins a lot of ‘Fight of the Night’s’ and I could use that nice little cushion money,” replied Healy on the possibility of a fight with Lauzon. “I would just love to mix it up with a dude of his caliber.”
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