This past weekend saw Pat Healy make the most out of his return to the octagon when he took out highly regarded Jim Miller at UFC 159. The performance over one of the top Lightweights on the roster in Miller netted Healy a cool $130k in bonuses and a spot in a crowded field at 155 lbs. With a workmanlike record of 30-16 and an 0-1 career record in the UFC prior, there may be a tendency to write off Healy as a journeyman, but a detailed look at his record reveals an old school fighter who has paid a lot of dues. Bettors keep an eye out, this guy is likely here to stay.
After watching April UFC action, Healy is ready for a big time fight, and we will hopefully see him fighting Gilbert Melendez next. Melendez extended champion Benson Henderson the distance in his UFC debut, but he was not spectacular and he needs a difficult bounce back fight. Melendez has been booked to fight Pat Healy twice in the recent past but pulled out of the fight due to injury. The both fought recently only a week apart, so their calendars should be compatible. Melendez will likely be favored in the fight at the books when a line comes out, but to count Healy out would be foolish.
Healy is not from a local circuit, rather his resume is basically the traveling type who goes to local shows and fights their best fighter. From the beginning of his career he has always fought a high level of competition, and he has to feel some of his road work is about to pay off. Healy will be highly motivated.
Healy fought a good deal of his career at 170 lbs. Remarkably, on smaller shows, he has a 2-1 record over men who have fought for the UFC welterweight title (Wins over Carlos Condit and Dan Hardy, beaten by Chris Lytle). He fought Middleweight Chris Leben as an amateur, which means he did it for free. He went the distance with Jake Ellenberger, avoiding those murderous hands. Healy right now is on a 7 fight winning streak, so he has learned to win. A test like Gilbert Melendez would be exactly what Pat Healy needs right now.