When Pat Healy was in Strikeforce, he was an unknown fighter that worked to become known. During his time on the Strikeforce Challengers circuit, he won all three of his fights. He was 7-1 overall in the promotion with the lone loss coming to Josh Thomson. In the final four fights of his Strikeforce career, he picked up victories against Maximo Blanco, Caros Fodor, Mizuto Hirota, and Kurt Holobaugh. Those wins helped propel him towards his first UFC fight after his contract was absorbed by the company.
His first UFC fight was with Jim Miller, a former top contender in the lightweight division. The fight occurred at UFC 159 and he picked up the impressive win via submission in the third round. It was supposed to be the beginning of a long and successful UFC career. In the victory, he picked up the Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night bonus awards, which gave him a $130,000 payday on top of his show and win bonuses.
On May 14th, it was announced that Healy had in fact tested positive after the fight for marijuana and the result of the fight was changed to a no-contest, which in turn means the American fighter will have to return his bonus money.
On his Twitter account, Healy wrote about the incident, saying “Thanks everyone for their support, made a huge mistake and gotta pay for it.”
As a result of the failed drug test, Healy was suspended for 90 days.
What’s next for the competitor remains to be seen. While some fans will be bothered by his drug test results, most will be happy that the failed test was only for marijuana and not for performance enhancing drugs. If it were the latter, Healy very likely could have seen his exit from the promotion and would have faced a difficult journey in the eyes of the fans.
Instead, he will probably be welcomed back into the Octagon and still be able to work his way up the stacked rankings in the UFC lightweight division. As long as he doesn’t falter again, this roadblock will likely only be one that costs him his bonus money this time around.
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