UFC lightweight Pat Healy entered the Octagon at UFC 159 on a six-fight winning streak and was the division’s top contender in Strikeforce. However, he was still seen as a massive underdog to opponent Jim Miller despite the New Jersey native owning a 2-2 record in his previous four fights.
Healy went on to submit Miller in the third round of their tilt, achieving a career-long goal in the process by picking up a win as a member of the UFC. It was also a proud moment for the seasoned 29-year old based on it marking yet another upset victory for a former member of the Strikeforce roster.
“Bam Bam” recently spoke to Sherdog Radio about his successful showing where he confirmed Strikeforce fighters are out to prove something after years of being swept under the rug.
“I think when we were fighting in Strikeforce, it would build. You’d have a good win and nobody would talk about it or they’d discredit it,” said Healy. “Now that we have the opportunity, every guy I know from Strikeforce has definitely got a chip on their shoulder and came in there fighting like, ‘Hey, man, we’ve got to show them what’s up.”
Regarding his future endeavors, Healy doesn’t have any specific scraps in mind but clearly wants a clash with a ranked adversary.
“I definitely think I’m a Top 10 lightweight,” explained Healy. “It was a big introduction to the UFC fans, but I still think I’ve got more work to do to prove that I deserve a shot at Benson Henderson. I certainly welcome that top competition and I want to stay fighting guys who are in that conversation.”
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