by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
One fight on the upcoming WEC 21 card that stands out as being not only a Fight of the Night candidate, but also a possible Fight of the Year candidate, is the fight between Ryan “Irish Assassin” Healy and “Razor” Rob McCullough.

Scheduled to take place at the WEC show on June 15th, Healy vs. McCullough could be an explosive fight because both fighters are relentless strikers who are crowd favorites because of it.

For Healy in particular, this also represents a chance for him to step up in competition and move forward in his career, but he’ll have to defeat a very hot opponent to do so.

“I think it’s a tough fight,” said Healy of his upcoming battle with McCullough. “I think Razor Rob is a real tough guy. He’s a good kickboxer, so I think it’s going to be a stand-up battle.”

When asked if he feels that he might want to take the fight to the ground in order to avoid McCullough’s biggest strength, Ryan replied, “No, not really. I come from a boxing background, so I’m real comfortable on my feet. I feel I can stand with him and win the fight that way.”

Ryan feels that if he wins this fight in exciting fashion, it can only help to further his climb up the lightweight rankings.

“I know it’s a tough fight, but I think if it’s a stand-up battle and I beat him that way, it’ll open a lot of peoples’ eyes to my stand-up,” explained Healy.

He added, “I want to show that I’m a top striker in this game. I won a National Championship in boxing at the University of Nevada [at Reno], and I feel like I can hang with anybody in the world standing up. I want to show that to all the people.”

If Healy proves to be successful against McCullough, it could very well lead to a WEC title fight in his future.

“I just signed a contract with the WEC, and they’ve been real good to me,” commented Healy. “I’d like to continue to fight for [the WEC] and get a title shot eventually and win it.”

But before he can get that title shot, he has to get past Rob McCullough, and Ryan feels that it’s going to be a fight to remember because someone is going to end their night with the lights turned out.

“I don’t see this one going the distance,” exclaimed Healy. “I’m not looking for the takedown, and I don’t think Razor Rob is. I see it ending by KO, and I don’t think I’m going to get KO’d, so basically read between the lines there.”

Ryan concluded, “I want to thank UNR Boxing and everybody down here in Reno that has helped me. I’m about to move up to Oregon and start training with Team Quest, so I’m going to miss this town and all the people that helped me train.”