(I’m going to avoid an obvious nose-joke here. Instead, I’ll just link to this picture of an adorable puppy.)
You know what? Screw what Tim Kennedy said about Strikeforce’s fighters being a bunch of little vaginas. When Gilbert Melendez and Luke Rockhold withdrew from their scheduled matches at Strikeforce’s final event, they were looking out for their best interests. And if Pat Healy does the same, we’re not going to blame the guy.
Healy, as you might recall, was originally slated to face Melendez in their long-delayed matchup on the January 12th “Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” card, then he was booked to face Jorge Masvidal when Melendez pulled out, then he was booked to face nobody when Masvidal pulled out. [Ed. note: CagePotato would like to clarify that Healy was probably not a Nazi guard or serial killer in a past life, despite suggestions to the contrary. There. Feel better, Chris?]. Now, the former/sort-of lightweight title-contender will be facing undefeated Strikeforce-newcomer Kurt Holobaugh, according to a recent report from MMAWeekly.
A little about Kurt: He’s compiled a perfect 8-0 professional record, competing against regional talent in such regionally-named promotions as Karnival Karnage and Nightmare On The Northshore. He is best known for taking a fight on his wedding day and almost being selected for TUF 15. The fight with Healy will be the biggest opportunity of his career. Unfortunately, the booking officially drags Healy down to the Showtime Extreme portion of the “Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” card.
The only thing Healy is getting out of this is a much-needed paycheck. But the potential downside — suffering an upset loss to an unheralded up-and-comer on the prelims of a dying promotion — could cost Healy his ticket to the UFC. I’m not saying that’s likely to happen, and I really hope it doesn’t, because the man has suffered enough. But just the possibility of such a scenario should make Healy think twice about going through with this fight. It’s not exactly “lose-lose,” but there’s not a whole lot of “win” to be found.
So yes, maybe Pat comes down with a last-minute knee injury and has to withdraw from the fight. You might roll your eyes when it happens. But hell, we’d understand.