Pat Healy (29-16) left Strikeforce disappointed. He was scheduled to meet lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (21-2) on two occasions though that never happened. Melendez pulled himself out both times due to injury.
Two weeks before Strikeforce aired their final show, they named Kurt Holobaugh (9-1) to meet Healy. The former No. 1 contender took a decision win and wished he was given a bigger name opponent.
“I love everybody at Strikeforce and everything they’ve done for me, but I thought I earned a big opponent,” said Healy to MMA Fighting. “It was kind of a letdown and I know Kurt’s a tough dude, but he had no name. It was kind of mentally trying, but I made it through and I’m ready to fight a top 10 opponent.”
Healy continued that he was annoyed with Melendez and believes he could have taken the fight. He thinks that Melendez held out for the UFC to sign him as a champion. Healy hopes the UFC takes everything into consideration and he lands a spot in the top of division.
After losing in his Strikeforce debut, Healy went on to win his last six fights. A majority of those wins came by decision. The loss was Holobaugh’s debut for Strikeforce and was his first loss after winning nine in a row.
Reports have surfaced that the UFC is the final stages of signing Healy and Holobaugh.