This past Saturday night didn’t mark UFC lightweight Pat Healy’s debut in the Octagon but it might as well have. The seasoned grappler made a lone appearance under the organization’s banner in 2006, was submitted by a relative nobody, and promptly cut thereafter. Healy bounced around from organization to organization after the setback, finally landing in Strikeforce where he a put together 7-1 record including six straight wins.
However, he only earned his spot on the UFC roster by picking up a short notice win in January before Strikeforce folded, giving “Bam Bam” one more challenge to overcome if interested in scoring the opportunity he ultimately landed at UFC 159 against Jim Miller. Rather than fold under the pressure, the 30-16 Healy again rose to the occasion, choking Miller out cold in the third round of a hard-fought effort and picking up dual bonuses as a result.
Healy spoke about his successful showing to Fuel TV after the match-up, revealing his bruised and battered exterior cloaked a competitor legitimately floating on Cloud Nine.
“I feel so great. I know my face is jacked up. My eye seems big – it’s in my vision a little bit – but I feel like a million bucks,” said the joyous Healy. “I’ve have every low point in my career that you could possibly have and the only thing that kept me in is my love for fighting. I can’t really describe it but I feel like a million bucks.”
In terms of what’s next, Healy explained he hadn’t thought that far ahead but had a simple solution aimed at producing a future foe.
“I think Jim Miller was ranked fifth so 2, 3, 4, 1…whatever, any of those guys,” Healy stated on the subject.
The full interview with Healy can be found below:
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