As they say, hindsight is 20/20, though in the case of UFC lightweight Pat Healy it appears to be 4/20. The grizzled grappler turned in an impressive showing a month ago at UFC 159 by submitting Jim Miller, earning an extra $130,000 in bonus money as a result of the performance. However, the high was only temporary, as it was later revealed Healy had tested positive for marijuana use and was forced to forfeit both the money and the victory as a result.
Healy spoke in detail about the situation this week with The MMA Hour, admitting the loss of income was secondary to the feeling of having his hard work rendered meaningless because of a hasty decision.
“I wish I could go back in time and slap myself. It was a dumb thing to do,” confessed Healy. “Putting the money aside man, losing the win was the biggest thing. You know, having it changed to a no-contest, I still don’t have a win in the UFC now. That was a big moment for me, so to have that tainted makes me kind of angry with myself and my decisions.”
“When you mess up, all you can do is step up and own it. I wish I could blame someone else, but it’s my own fault. It’s my own bad choices. So, I gotta be a man about this,” he continued. “It sucks and it’s embarrassing and it’s not something I want my name involved with it, but it is what it is now and I have to be a man about it.”
The 29-year old will be free to fight again in a few months when his attached suspension runs out and, if he has his say, he’ll be booked right away.
“I just want to get back there as soon as I can. If it’s the middle of the pack, it is what it is,” said Healy. “I’m happy to work my way up and put in a performance that gets people to forget about this fiasco.”