Once again, it's fight day, and we have a great event to look forward to this evening. The UFC will hit Orlando, FL for the first time ever with its 11th FOX card, and there is plenty of local talent to please hungry Floridian fans.
Pat Healy will be facing one such local when he meets Jorge Masvidal in the cage. Both men have a lot riding on this fight due to some recent losses, and sometimes, that amount of pressure can be the deciding factor of who will come out on top.
In a recent interview with MMA Sentinel Radio, Healy discussed using that pressure in a positive fashion, to fuel his training camp as well as making small adjustments to keep training and competition from going stale. Here's what he had to say:
Pressure To Win
You know, I've been thinking about it. It's certainly helped me during training. I don't want to lose my job. I love fighting for the UFC, so I kept that in mind during my camp and it motivated me quite a bit. I've been trying to use it as a positive, but sometimes, you've got to be real with yourself.
Losing/Regaining passion for competition
I was doing a lot of conditioning and I was just so worn out all the time. It was to the point that I couldn't do anything in my life that I enjoyed. I cut back on it some and focused more on my MMA training like wrestling and striking. It freed me up to live life a little, which is very active to begin with. Stand up paddling, hiking, running; those are all things I love to do. When you're enjoying life, I think that's one of the best things that can happen.
The Long Haul
I'm definitely in this for the long haul. I love fighting, I love training. I don't like running on treadmills, so I cut that out of my regimen and got back to the parts I love, boxing and jiu-jitsu and wrestling.
I'd like to be able to fight 4 times a year. That's my magic number. It gives me enough time to take a little break, yet still fully focus on the fight that's coming up.
If I could go back and do it all over, I would have dropped to 155 much sooner. I would have been a little more selective in the fights I chose. At the same time, I can't say that I regret it, because it's what made me who I am today.
I would like to see them held to the same industry standard we are. Maybe after three bad calls, they get cut [laughs]. I'd love to see them be put through some of the training we do, or at the very least, have mandatory classes ever year.
They can greatly affect your life. I mean, they've really messed people's lives up. Especially the judging. They just don't seem to make that connection, though. Some of these judges aren't really qualified. Maybe they were piped in through the athletic commissions, who knows.
I'm definitely not one of those guys that's out there blowing all my dough. I like to think I'm really smart with my money. I've got a good little nest egg going; I certainly want to make a lot more before I'm done, but I look at MMA as a tool to get me into other things to secure my financial future.
I already have a few investors with me and we're looking into the UFC gyms because they're a great franchise with an excellent business model. My dad was a business owner who started a franchise with his company, Service Master, and he's always pushed that franchise mode of thinking my whole life. It's certainly something that I want to get into, because I don't want to only look to fighting in the Octagon to secure the rest of my future. I want to do it through many different avenues.
You can follow Pat via his Twitter account, @BamBamHealy