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Pat Healy wouldn’t mind making UFC return against Joe Lauzon

Joe LauzonWith a win under his belt at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine, lightweight Pat Healy (29-16) can say he’s officially a UFC fighter. The grizzled grappler had strung together five wins prior to his outpointing of Kurt Holobaugh on Saturday night and was initially set to headline the card in a title-fight against Gilbert Melendez. However, Healy was never given any assurance he would be brought over to compete inside the Octagon without a victory in tow.

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s a done deal,” said the smiling Healy to MMAFighting moments after his victory over Holobaugh, stating he’d been told by Zuffa officials that a UFC run was in his future.

Though Strikeforce’s top contender, Healy isn’t looking for similar status when he makes his return to the UFC after a single unsuccessful appearance in 2006. Rather, he simply wants a scrap with an adversary whose skills he respects in hopes of delivering an entertaining effort to make a good first impression on UFC fans.

Fitting that bill, in Healy’s mind, is Joe Lauzon. Plus, given the 22-8 Lauzon’s reputation for earning extra paychecks, “Bam Bam” wouldn’t mind the financial boost after some lean years in Strikeforce.

“I think he’s a great opponent and he wins a lot of ‘Fight of the Night’s’ and I could use that nice little cushion money,” replied Healy on the possibility of a fight with Lauzon. “I would just love to mix it up with a dude of his caliber.”


  • qat says:

    While i do like this fight i think he should aim a little higher. After all he is riding a 6-fight win-streak. Asking for Diaz, Miller or Maynard would be possible i guess. Lets say he wins against one of them, he is instantly in the mix, and a loss would not be that tragic. Lauzon is a dangerous fighter too and a few more fights away from shot. And a FOTN with Diaz or Miller in the cage is equally possible.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    my first thought was i’d like to see him fight Jim Miller, i think its the thought of two good beards going at each other as much as the skill level.
    good performance by him on Saturday, would be nice to see Holobaugh rewarded for the effort as well, better fighters didnt step up and wouldnt have faired so well

  • hindsightufuk says:

    also just a point Brendan, every single time for a week or so when i post a comment i get this message:

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    Connection timed out – please try again.

    the comment gets posted but its a pain in the arse. same from different pc’s also

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I think everyone’s getting that message hindsight, it’s been going on for awhile, I kinda think that’s why MCM and Lord Faust have went MIA


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