Lightweight Pat Healy knew that emotions were going to play a big role in his fight with perennial top ten lightweight Jim Miller, but it wasn’t the emotion he was expecting that showed up on Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey at UFC 159. In a recent interview, Healy mentioned that while he was waiting for Miller to walk to the Octagon he was smiling ear-to-ear, and it was something he had to disguise when Miller finally got to the cage.
Healy told Sherdog:
To be honest, I was just really excited. You come out that tunnel and you see all those people. A lot of them might not have been cheering for me, but just to hear them cheer, especially when Miller came out and it just exploded, I was excited. To me that was like, ‘Man, I’m here. This is it. This is what you’ve been working so hard for.’ I was trying to keep the smile off my face when I was standing in the ring.”
Getting his first UFC win:
At times I never thought I’d ever hear that, but now that I’m finally here and especially to come in on a good solid win like that against a tough opponent on a main card of a UFC, it’s almost like a dream come true.”
On the second round:
“He rocked me right at the end of the first round. I went to the stool and I was kind of dazed. There wasn’t much going through my head at that point, but I knew I had to push the pace with him. What I was doing on the feet wasn’t enough. I had to kick it up to the next gear, stay on him more with the takedowns and the clinch, and when I did get him down, I couldn’t stop working because if I gave him a second, he was either going to change the position on me or get back up.”
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