EXCLUSIVE | Pat Healy: ‘ I want to erase last year from everyone’s mind’
Pat Healy has 49 pro MMA fights under his belt.
In those 49 fights, Healy has earned 23 victories by either knockout or submission.
So, when Healy hears fans call out fighters – including himself – for not finishing bouts, he gets a little upset.
“It bothers me a little bit when I hear that,” said Healy, during a recent interview with BJPenn.com. “I mean, who doesn’t want to finish the fight. We are competing against the best in the world.
“Finishing the fight is always my goal when I’m training for a fight and I prepare for it the best I can, but it’s not something you can force. Sometimes, the opportunity just doesn’t show itself in the fight.”
Healy will be returning to action in April at UFC on FOX 11 against Jorge Masvidal.
After starting 2013 off with a decision victory over Kurt Holobaugh in Strikeforce, Healy (31-17) moved over to the UFC. He earned a win vs. Jim Miller at UFC 159, but the result was changed to a no-contest after “Bam Bam” failed the post-fight drug test.
Things failed to get turned around from there, as back-to-back decision defeats at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Bobby Green left Healy anxiously waiting for the calendar to flip to 2014.
“I certainly feel that I could have done somethings different to change the outcome of my last two fights,” he admitted. “I got so caught up in working on my weaknesses that I didn’t work on what made me successful. I didn’t wrestle and I grappled only occasionally. It taught me a great lesson that, although you must work on your weaknesses, you can never get too far away from what made you successful.”
Despite the lack of success during the year, Healy picked up a valuable lesson.
“I think I got a little too comfortable with my success and lost some of the hunger that I used to use to push my training so hard,” he stated. “It might have been a blessing in disguise because I certainly got the hunger to win back.
“I definitely want to erase last year from everyone’s memory.”
A native of Oregon, the 30-year-old Healy has competed all around the world, fighting for such promotions as the WEC, IFL, King of the Cage, Shark Fights, Maximum Fighting Championship, Strikeforce and the UFC.
While fighting for MFC in Canada, Healy bested Ryan Ford to become the welterweight champion.
Sticking close to home, Healy continues to train at Rose City FC – which used to be called SportsLab. He stated new coaches have been brought in, along with others changes which have been “all positive,” including bringing in a wrestling program.
“Training for Jorge is about getting back to what made me successful,” he continued. “I am doing a lot of wrestling and grappling, basically working on getting the grinding style back that I got away from.”
Along with capturing his lone championship to date, Healy also holds career wins over the likes of Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy and Paul Daley. However, his most memorable fight was one that originally was ruled a victory.
“If I had to choose one fight that I am most proud of, I would have to say it was Jim Miller,” he said. “Although it was changed to a no-contest, I am still very proud of my performance.
“I was a huge underdog in his hometown and I take great pride in proving people wrong.”
As for his future, Healy has one goal in mind: UFC champion.
“There is not really one fighter, past or present, that I really care to fight other than who is currently holding the title at my weight,” he said. “My goal is to be UFC champion and always has been.”
By Dana Becker | Twitter