With Strikeforce closing it's doors after tomorrow night's last hurrah, the UFC has been engaged in a grown up version of the Red Rover game. Earlier this week, Jorge Gurgel stated that everyone on the card was in a 'must win' situation in order to get the coveted UFC contract, but that's not necessarily so, as Daniel Cormier is a guaranteed crossover, and I'm sure a few of the other bigger names are, as well. Strikeforce has been an animal, dying on the plains for more than a year now, with the UFC picking the carcass clean of all it's meat. Alistair Overeem, Cung Le, Bigfoot Silva, and Fabricio Werdum are the names already plucked, with several more just waiting their turn to jump on the next available fight card.
The question arises, who is ultimately deserving of an automatic push into the larger organization, win or lose? What is the criteria for not having the added pressure of their career future hanging over their head like a dark cloud? For Pat Healy, this question has been plaguing him constantly. With only one loss in his seven Strikeforce outings, and currently on a five fight win streak, one would think he would be among the absolutes, rather than the possibilities. We spoke with Pat yesterday, where he discussed his frustration over the situation.
It's frustrating. I mean, I'm happy to fight. I've always been happy to fight. I just want a guarantee that when the music stops, I've got a seat to sit at. Why do I have to be the only one fighting for my job, especially when we all can kind of read the writing on the wall, and see that some guys pulled out of this card because they didn't want to be in this same situation.
I've been racking my brain, trying to figure out where this is coming from. I've always felt that I have had a good relationship with them, and done everything that they've asked of me. I've fought my heart out every time I've gone in there, so I really don't get it. I've gone over it in my head so many times. Do you have to be this made up character to get anywhere in this sport? I just like being me. I can't help that. I don't talk trash to anyone, and don't say things that I wouldn't say directly to their face. That's how I was raised. I'm not gonna get on Twitter and badmouth people or raise a big fuss there. It's just not how I am.
I do feel the pressure that I've got to go in there and make a statement. Even if I win, but it's a close fight, I'd imagine that they're going to take that into account for negotiating a new contract. So yeah, the pressure is on to not only win, but win in really decisive fashion.
Fondness for Strikeforce
I'm not bitter. I'm going to look back on Strikeforce fondly. They've done a lot for me, and it's helped change my life. I was working a job and training full time before them, so I have nothing but good memories, and like I said, when I talk to people face to face, I have nothing but good relationships. It's actually kind of sad, seeing everybody in the office. You just want to go around and hug everybody and say, 'I hope I can see you again.' I do look on it pretty fondly.
You can follow Pat via his Twitter account, @BamBamHealy