We’ve already mentioned that Pat Healy is one of the guys in the uncomfortable position of not knowing whether he’s being brought over to the UFC once Strikeforce is done. Adding to anxieties: he also doesn’t know if he’s still fighting on the last card or if he is, who he’s fighting. Here he is telling MMA Mania how that feels:
I’ve been given no guarantee. Basically, what I’m getting is “win you’re in, lose you’re out,” and they’re going around to whoever they can find and telling them that, “Hey, if you beat Pat Healy, you’re in. If you don’t, then you’re sitting in the same spot you’re at now.”
It’s like I made somebody mad. I don’t know what I’ve done. All I’ve ever done is taken every fight they’ve given me. I’ve taken two short notice fights for ‘em and those are the only two fights of mine that have ever been on the main card. (laughs) I just feel like, “Man, who did I upset? What did I do?” I’m sorry if I did something.
Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com): So how is this extra pressure affecting you, considering you think you’ll need to defeat this mystery opponent to get into the UFC?
Pat Healy: Yeah, I don’t know. I certainly don’t want to fight especially with my whole career on the line with the UFC and all that. I couldn’t imagine if I don’t have a job at the end of this. I don’t know what I’d do. I’d be so devastated. I felt like I had a good solid job with Strikeforce and now that it’s going away, I don’t feel like I have any love carrying over and it’s really got me nervous. As far as I know. I’m still fighting on that card on January 12th. I’ve got no idea of the opponent. They tell me I’m still on it, I’m still fighting. They haven’t made a move to bring me over to the UFC. I feel like I’ve been preparing for a fight for six months now.