It seems like Pat Healy is tired of waiting around.
"Bam Bam" is coming off a surprisingly difficult and rather controversial decision victory over Japanese DEEP champion Mizuto Hirota last Saturday night (July 14, 2012) in the final bout of the Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy main card in his home state of Oregon.
Despite not exactly wowing the audience or fans watching around the world, Healy wants his shot at Gilbert Melenedez and made his case while speaking with MMAWeekly.com.
"I think I'm putting together a lot of momentum and my game is real solid right now. I think I'll be a tough fight for anybody. I think I've earned a title shot - more so than anybody in Strikeforce - so I'd really like to see me getting a shot at Gil.
It's hard to argue that anyone else on the Strikeforce roster is more deserving, even if he didn't light the world on fire against Hirota.
The most likely other potential challenger to Melendez is Josh Thomson, who already fought him three times and pushed "El Nino" to the limit in a back-and-forth five round affair earlier this year during the finals of the heavyweight Grand Prix.
Healy's five fight winning streak is the longest of any Strikeforce lightweight contender by a landslide. His last loss was actually to Thomson, although he was winning on the scorecards before running out of gas and getting choked out in the third round.
If Healy does not get the title shot that he's hoping for, he knows it will eventually come as long as he keeps winning:
"I'm definitely not saying its Gil or nothing. If [Strikeforce feels] like I need to do another fight, that's what I'll do. I'm a fighter and I'll fight whoever they put in front of me, but I feel like I've done enough. If they don't, I'll fight whoever I have to."
But has he done enough already? Or does he need to get the bad taste of the Hirota fight out of everyone's mouths first?
What do you think, Maniacs?