It’s Pat Healy here again with another entry in the Bam vs. Wild series. Hard to believe it’s just a few days away from my UFC debut! I’m here in New Jersey now getting ready for UFC 159. It’s a long way from the West Coast, but I’m used to flying now and I fly pretty good so I knock right out on these longer flights.
I’ve been thinking about the way things have been these last few months. Media attention has really picked up. I think I was kind of expecting it since it’s just a matter of being in the UFC, and more eyes being on it. I’ve certainly been getting a lot more interview requests for sure. With these requests, sometimes you never know who is asking you and that always makes me a little bit nervous. To be honest, there are good interviewers out there, and there can be some bad interviewers out there. Sometimes you finish up with somebody and you feel like the interview never went anywhere. I’ve had this core group that I’ve always spoken to, and I admit it’s been a bit hard to venture away from that. Still, between now and fight night, I will definitely be busy. I know I have a lot of interviews waiting for me here and I already had some set up today (Tuesday) and tomorrow with people I usually do interviews with. I imagine my next couple days will be full of interviews. It’s something for me, especially just coming into the UFC that I’m coming to embrace, and remember it’s helping get my name out there as much as I can. It’s all just part of the game.
Actually, it helps you get into the groove. It sucks when you get there and you don’t have anything to do. You’ve got all this energy because you’ve been training and you’re in great shape, and you’re not really training that last week so I like the idea of filling my time with interviews because it can get really monotonous sitting in the hotel and depending on the location of it, you usually only have walking distance to find something big to you. The more things I can fill my day with and stay active and keep things normal, the more I’ll try to do that. (Recent Bellator tournament winner) Dave Jansen and I were joking around about how we do the absolute bare minimum in life leading up to the fight, in terms of cleaning the house, or doing other chores and errands. I’ve been thinking about how much I’ve put off and have been doing the minimum leading up to this fight, and afterward you come back and you have this week where you have to do this, and you’ve got to do that, or call this guy and call that guy. I think a lot of fighters end up doing that to be honest. You certainly put your life on hold around fight time.
Weight-wise, my target for fight week is usually around 167-168, and I’m on target right now. I’ll probably get down to 163-164 before I begin my cut. I usually do about one good hour of cutting weight and then I’m done. It’s pretty on par with where I’m usually at right now, so it shouldn’t be too bad. I’m ready to go.
I just wanted to thank Jason House at Iridium Sports, who I’ve been working with. He killed it in sponsors for me. I know some of it’s being on the main card of a UFC PPV, but he still really put the effort in for me, and I really appreciate that. I’m pretty excited about having my banner out there, and my shorts too. It’s almost been bare before, but I can’t wait to see it all on Saturday.
I’m not sure if I’m going to get the chance to blog again before my fight, so thank you for reading as always. Follow me on Twitter @BamBamHealy and I hope you’ll be tuned in on Saturday when I fight Jim Miller.
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