UFC lightweight Pat Healy isn’t getting a lot of credit from fans when it comes to his ability to beat Jim Miller tomorrow night at UFC 159 and he’s okay with that. After all, as an introspective individual, Healy understands he’s one of the new kids on the block as a former member of the Strikeforce roster. However, like his peers from the since-scrapped promotion, Healy plans on turning heads in the Octagon.
“I think the guys who fought before me are kind of showing everybody we’re the real deal. I think a lot of us are coming in with chips on our shoulders. We were feeling like the fans and media were treating us like second-class citizens for a long time,” said Healy in a recent interview with MMAJunkie, alluding to the success of other Strikeforce fighters now calling the UFC home like Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler.
When it comes to his match-up with Miller, the seasoned Healy isn’t expect a grappling match even though both are well-versed on the mat. Rather, he is counting on Miller to storm him based on his December outpointing of Joe Lauzon. The meeting saw Miller do decent damage with his hands/elbows, painting the canvas red with Lauzon’s blood in a Fight of the Night winning performance.
“I expect him to come out guns a blazing. After a performance like that, it’s going to be in his head, and I know that’s one spot where he thinks he can take a great advantage – in the stand-up,” assessed Healy. “I expect him to come out hard and fast like he did in that fight, and I’m ready for it.”
Healy is currently on a six-fight winning streak including and also owns past wins over Dan Hardy, Paul Daley, and Carlos Condit. By comparison, Miller is 22-4 with fifteen finishes and notable triumphs over Matt Wiman, Mark Bocek, Mac Danzig, and Melvin Guillard.
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