If there’s one thing that’s been true of Pat “Bam Bam” Healy over the years, it’s that he’s never been one to back down from a fight. Win or lose, Healy, like his brother Ryan, gives it his all and puts on the kind of fights that give fans their money’s worth.
But in recent years, Healy has wanted to be more than just a fighter who delivers a great fight; he wants to become a truly great fighter.
It is with that goal in mind that Healy has expanded his training beyond his home base of Team Quest.
“I was able to get a good connection with BJ Penn and I’ve learned just a ton from him,” he told MMAWeekly.com.
“I also made a good connection with George Sotiropoulos back home, so I really feel like my training has come to the next level and I’ve really been able to work on what I need to work on to get better.”
In opening up his training, Healy learned that you cannot always go at full speed if you want to truly pick up on the nuances of the fight game.
“I think I’ve always had a bad habit; I always want to go hard, spar hard and get after it,” he admitted. “The first time I came out here to train with BJ, yeah I could spar with guys and have really good, close rounds, but when we slowed it down and just grappled, there was a gap and their technique was a lot better than mine.
“I had to take a long look at that and really put in the time the last eight months working on it.”
After riding a three-fight winning streak, Healy gave all he could against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson before falling to a submission in the third round.
Eager to prove he’s learned from his mistakes, Healy enters this Friday night’s Strikeforce Challengers 14 in Cedar Park, Texas, against Lyle Beerbohm intent on showing the up-and-comer who is truly ready to step up into the big show.
“Lyle is still not very well-rounded,” stated Healy. “He’s one-dimensional. He just comes out looking for that takedown, takedown, takedown, and really needs that top position to be dominant.
“He’s got a few tricks, definitely, some good chokes, but I think his biggest asset is his confidence. He really believes in himself and believes he’s better than anyone out there. I think it’s on me to show him how far he’s still got to go.”
From there Healy wants to pick up the pace and make 2011 the year he plants himself firmly in the upper echelon of the lightweight division.
“I definitely want to thank Danny at Epic Sports Entertainment for doing my sponsorship stuff, and all the boys out here in Hawaii who’ve been training me hard and taking great care of me,” he concluded.
“I think I’ve come a long way and I’m ready for big fights and big names. I think I just need to be active and be given a chance to rattle off some wins.”
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