UFC Quick Quote: Pat Healy is over Gilbert Melendez fight, has sights set on UFC lightweight title

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

After losing out on his opportunity to face Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce title on two separate occasions, Pat Healy is over fighting "El Nino" and has now set his sights on the UFC lightweight title ahead of his Octagon debut against Jim Miller at UFC 159.

"Nah, I don't have like a hankering to fight Gil, I just wanted the title. That is what I was working for; it was one of my goals I had written on my wall right when I got into Strikeforce, to win the belt in 2012. It was kind of lining up, I thought, perfectly for that. So, it was never anything personal for Gil, I want the belt. I want the belt of the UFC, that's what I'm working for, I don't care who has it. That's what I'm coming for."

Pat Healy didn't get his lightweight title shot against Gilbert Melendez in Strikeforce, so now he's setting his sights on a bigger prize, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 155-pound strap. And he doesn't care who he has to go through to get it. "Bam Bam" was lined up to face "El Nino" at Strikeforce: "Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" on Jan. 12, 2013, but Melendez was forced to withdraw from the bout against Healy for a second time in the span of four months. Now that he's over fighting Gilbert, Healy will look to make a splash in his UFC debut when he takes on Octagon veteran Jim Miller this weekend (Apr. 27, 2013) at UFC 159. A win over the gritty Miller is easier said than done, but Healy is confident he can get the job done and says "letting it all hang out" in New Jersey and putting on an "exciting" fight in an effort to "turn some heads" is the most important thing. What say you, can "Bam Bam" get the win and dazzle at the same time in "The Garden State?"

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