Healy wasn’t always a lightweight and spent a good deal of his career fighting above the division best suited for his frame. Though entering the ring as a smaller man cost him in terms of consistency, the adversity also gave insight on Healy’s inherent ability including an impressive outing against UFC star Dan Hardy a little less than a decade ago where it took “Bam Bam” less than four minutes to lock up a Guillotine Choke for the finish. Few fighters are feared like British slugger Paul Daley. Though somewhat one-dimensional, “Semtex” throws shots with bad intentions and has knocked out his fair share of studs. However, Healy has always been noted for his toughness, and such was true in this tilt. The bearded brawler survived an opening round melee with Daley and found his way into position for a submission finish to the delight of his fellow Pacific-North Westerners in attendance at the Oregon-based event. UFC welterweight title-contender (and former interim champ) Carlos Condit has only been finished three times in his career despite having fought 36 times. One of the trio of individuals to put Condit away is, obviously, Healy who tapped “The Natural Born Killer” out three fights before the fan-favorite made his WEC debut. It was also the last time Condit lost by way of stoppage. Knowledgeable fans no doubt remember the hype around Ryan Ford, a heavy-handed brute terrorizing tomato cans in Canada. Despite the buzz, Healy went into hostile territory and blew the then-undefeated Ford out of the water with an Armbar finish in the third frame of their fight to become MFC welterweight champion. He would defend the title against Ford successfully in a subsequent scrap before moving on to other regional promotions. It’s safe to say Kurt Holobaugh is the least known fighter on this list but Healy’s outpointing of him in Strikeforce’s curtain call was definitely an important moment in the grizzled grappler’s career, as it marked his sixth straight win under the organization’s banner. Considered a top contender in Strikeforce, Healy moved to the UFC along with many of the company’s other competitors and pulled off a memorable submission of the always-tough Jim Miller in his first Octagon outing. Unfortunately, Healy tested positive for marijuana metabolites after the match-up and saw the success changed to a No Contest.
Pat Healy will take to the Octagon in a couple of weeks when he clashes with Khabib Nurmagomedov at where he’ll attempt to follow up on a fantastic showing against UFC 165 Jim Miller this past April without the subsequent suspension for recreational drug use. If Healy is able to get by the unbeaten Russian, he’ll set himself up for a potential title-shot or at least a crack at top contendership, adding yet another impressive feat to a rock solid run in MMA. Of course, it won’t be the first big win for “Bam Bam”, as he’s taken out more than his share of game adversaries… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)