Lightweight Pat Healy is a lot of things – the consensus #1 contender in Strikeforce, a grinding grappler unafraid to strike, on a five-fight winning streak, a man with past success against the likes of Paul Daley, Dan Hardy, and Carlos Condit among them. One thing he is not, however, is guaranteed a shot in the UFC once Strikeforce folds in January regardless of how he fares in his next fight.
Fighters.com has learned from sources close to Healy’s camp that “Bam Bam” is still waiting to hear about his future beyond Strikeforce and wasn’t even assured a UFC run for taking a tilt at the organization’s final event on January 12.
The 29-year old was originally scheduled to face champion Gilbert Melendez at the show before the title-holder ducked out with injuries related to the same issue forcing him to withdraw from a September meeting with Healy. Jorge Masvidal was then inserted into the vacancy but he too has been scratched from the scrap, leaving Healy in the difficult position of a short notice meeting with major implications on his career.
A number of other fighters who until recently called Strikeforce home have been announced for Octagon outings including Robbie Lawler and Bobby Voelker, neither of whom come close to having Healy’s current credentials.
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