Hi everyone! It’s Pat Healy checking in once again. It’s been a little while since I did my last blog for Five Ounces of Pain, and a lot has changed in those months. It’s only three weeks until UFC 159, where I’ll be in New Jersey against Jim Miller starting a new road in the UFC’s lightweight division.
If you remember, I asked for Miller right after my last fight in Strikeforce. I didn’t know who I was going to call out (since they like it when you call somebody out) and all I could keep thinking about was that fight between Joe Lauzon and Miller, and it popped into my head, and I thought that either of those guys would be great. Right after that though, I had a couple of weeks and I didn’t even really think about it. I went back home, and then I was in Chicago and I was watching the UFC up there, and hanging out with some friends. I was actually at Olive Garden stuffing my face! I get this call, and they offered me the fight for April 27. I didn’t even hesitate and I was happy to do it. It’s a tough fight, but a great fight. I’m so happy for the opportunity, and I’m ready for it.
I know I’m going into Jim’s home state, and reaction might be a bit hostile, but I think it’s good for me. If you look at my career, I’ve been pretty consistent in these situations, and I’ve been more focused on the pressures of being in the UFC, and on the PPV main card. I’ve been focusing a bit more on that than going into “hostile territory” because I’ve been in those places before, and it’s usually just on the ring walk and then it’s over. People might talk trash to you on the way out, but that’s really it. People can say whatever they want, and I think about this sport and what I’m doing, and you sit and think – training and fighting is what I love to do and really, I get paid to take shit from people and have trash talked to me. It’s just part of the game. I’m just working on visualizing all of that. Visualizing the ring walk, and the weigh-ins with people yelling stuff at me. I’m trying to mentally prepare it as much as possible. I don’t want to insult anybody in New Jersey, but I know it’s going to be a rough crowd!
I’ve been looking at what some of the other Strikeforce guys have been doing around the UFC, and it’s great. Of the guys I still keep in touch with, we still have that camaraderie, and I think we’re all coming in with a bit of a chip on our shoulder. Everyone from Strikeforce was treated like second-rate athletes in some fans’ and media’s eyes, so I think we’re coming in with chips on our shoulders like we have something to prove. Guys like Tyron Woodley and some of the other guys who fought in the UFC already have certainly led the way, and made us look pretty damn good so far.
Some of you might know that I’ve fought in the UFC before, but things in my life, and my career are so much more different since then. The evolution of me started when I started dedicating my life fully to MMA (Editor’s Note: In a previous Bam vs. Wild, Healy mentioned that this was around the time of the Ryan Ford fights in MFC). I decided that everything I do in my life is positively affecting MMA. Fitness, living in active, healthy and clean lifestyle. Making training a part of everyday activity. Never taking weeks off at a time. When I did that, it’s made everything come together. I’ve gone 11-2 since I made that transformation.
I’ll talk more about planning for my UFC return next time, but I had to talk about the fact that I’ve just become an uncle for the sixth time. You know me, and you know my brother Ryan, but I have two sisters. My older sister Kelly has two kids, and my sister Megan has two, including one just two months before my brother did. But Ryan and his wife Ashley just had twin girls. It’s a bit different this time because it’s Ryan and he’s my twin brother. We’ve always been so close. It’s just a different feeling, especially seeing him in the hospital that day. I walked in, and his Ashley was walking out of the bathroom and it looked like she’d been through war. It must be such a rough ordeal to go through. The babies are cute, and they look a lot more like Ashley, which is probably a good thing. We really don’t want twin girls coming out like the Healy brothers, that’s for sure. They didn’t get the Healy brothers’ nose, so that’s definitely a good thing. My parents have been really funny during the whole situation too. The whole time they were leading up to the birth, they were ragging on him about never getting sleep, and bugging him with all these horror stories and things. But they were just trying to get him ready, and after talking to my brother, he’s telling me things like only getting a few hours sleep a night, and the babies aren’t sleeping through the night. But they’re learning about what parenthood is about. It’s a different type of challenge, that’s for sure.
Until next time, thanks for reading. Follow me on Twitter @BamBamHealy, and we’ll see you again here soon before UFC 159.
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