Lets start with your last three fights,give us your thoughts on these matches… Win
Strikeforce - Barnett vs. Kharitonov
I feel like the win over Maximo Blanco was my biggest win so far in my long career. I was able to overcome some adversity with him using illegal kicks during that first round that really dazed me. I knew he was very explosive and I would have to weather an early storm and my game plan was to keep the pressure on him and wear him down. I felt like I followed the game plan perfectly which definitely lead to me getting the submission in the second round. I am not exactly sure but I think I am the first person to use the back crucifix to short choke in MMA to finish the fight. My fight with Eric Wisely was a very workman like victory and I felt I did what I needed to do to win that fight. It was my first fight in around six months so I felt it was very important to get a victory in the fight, which I think lead me to not taking many chances and just winning by decision. I always want to finish fights but I really needed a win to get myself back in the groove. My fight with Lyle Beerbohm was an extremely justifying win for me. He was talking a lot of trash leading into the fight and he was undefeated. I really felt as if I was better in all areas and I think I proved that with the win. I also think that people often overlook good grappling in fights and I think that fight created a lot of positive buzz about exciting grappling in MMA.
Tell our readers about Xian Sports University…
Coaching at the Xian Sports University is an opportunity that came about through the gym I train at, Team Quest, and a Chinese based MMA promotion Legend FC. They were looking for a strong wrestler and grappler to come out and help the National Sanda Team build upon their great striking and help them further transition into MMA. I am a week into a 6 week training program for the athletes. It is a mutually beneficial trip because I am getting great stand-up work with the team. It is truly an incredible thing to be apart of. The athletes live here full time and are some the most dedicated and hard working people I have ever had a chance to work with. They are so hungry to learn and soak things up like a sponge. I am working with an advanced group in the afternoon and running a huge fundamentals class at night with around 100 athletes. They also train Sanda in the morning and I am taking part in the training with them. They have an extremely high level of striking with many of their top athletes competing and winning at the highest level of muay thai in Thailand. I have learned so much already I am already excited for to get home and share what I have learned with my teammates back at Team Quest.
With the current status of Strikeforce, How long do you think it will be around?
I think the current state of Strikeforce is in Showtime’s hands at this point. I really can’t say if they want to keep it around or not. The tape delayed show times on the west coast really hurt it. I don’t even stay up to 11pm to watch the Challengers shows I just dvr it and watch it the next day. It kinda seems like they seems like they are not into it anymore, but when at the last show they seemed like they wanted to keep it alive. I don’t want to see it disappear and I would really like to see SpikeTV pick it up so it could grow in popularity.
Do you know who your next opponent will be?
I do not know who my next opponent will be but I’m really hoping I get to fight on the next big show on December 17th. I think my last performance would warrant a big match up like that.
Who would you like to fight given the chance?
I definitely want a big name like Gesias Calvacante or KJ Noons. Those two I think would make a very exciting match up for the fans.
Tell us about training at team quest?
Training at Team Quest has been a vital move for the success I have been having in MMA recently. We have many good wrestlers and I think we have a great formula for success, especially for my style of fighting. Matt Lindland, who is the head trainer and a silver medalist in Greco Roman wrestling, has become a mentor for me. I have and continue to learn so much from his style of fighting. I think we have a great atmosphere of hard work and I look forward to training everyday.
What hobbies or things that you like to do away from mma?
When Im not training I really enjoying doing anything in the outdoors. I have a german wirehair pointer named Finnigan and he is my best bud. Finnigan is a very good bird dog and can get on the scent of any birds in the area. We are always out hiking, hunting birds, or swimming in rivers. I live on 150acres in the mountains of Oregon and the property has forest, fields and a river. I spend almost all my time there when not training. It recharges my batteries after hard days of training and there is truly no place I would rather be.
Give our readers some fighter names that you like to watch fight as a fan of mma…
I am a big BJ Penn fan and I really enjoy watching the Diaz brothers. I also like Jon Fitch because I think we have similar styles and I always feel I can learn a lot from his fights.
Ok Pat you may take this time to plug any websites or your twitter/facebook
@bambamhealy is my twitter and I am always posting on there. I have a website that is just going up in the next few days bambamhealy.com. Also check out Lastroundnutrition.com they have always supported me.
Thanks again Pat and we hope to have you back in the dawgpoundmma again soon!!!
I would like to thank josh wood from mmavalor.com for making this interview happen!