Pat Healy Is Ready To Raise Hell At Strikeforce Show
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Pat Healy (28-16 MMA, 6-1 SF) said he plans to “raise hell” in his fight with Kurt Holobaugh (9-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) on the final card for Strikeforce. Holobough is a late notice replacement for lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Melendez was forced out with an injury. The two will fight at “Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine”. The event takes place at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City. The main card will air on Showtime at 10 PM ET after preliminary fights on Showtime Extreme at 7 PM ET.
On working the final Strikeforce show: “I’m caught between this (area of) being really appreciative for what Strikeforce has done for me and kind of wanting to move on.”
On if he wanted to go straight to the UFC: “I certainly tried to do that, believe me. I wasn’t really given that option. They said it was a Showtime thing. But I don’t really know what goes on behind the scenes. I’ve definitely been told plenty of stuff in the last few weeks I’ve found out not to be true. So I don’t know really what to believe at this point. But Strikeforce has been great to me. They’ve provided me a great life. Before Strikeforce, I worked a job and trained – and anybody who does that knows it’s hard to fight at a really high level.”
On not getting a title shot: “(Not getting a title shot) was a little disappointing. It’s something I worked really hard for. I wrote down goals when I got signed to Strikeforce, and that was one of the goals. I was working really hard for that.”