Pat Healy looking to make up for lost MMA loot

Pat Healy (right), seen here face to face with Ryan Ford, looks to recoup what he lost in the ring...

Pat Healy (right), seen here face to face with Ryan Ford, looks to recoup what he lost in the ring following the most expensive mistake of his professional career. (Perry Nelson/QMI Agency/Files)

NEIL SPRINGER, For QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:05 PM ET

The way Pat (Bam Bam) Healy sees it, he's making up for lost cash.

The gritty grinder's UFC return saw him deliver a stunning submission victory over perennial lightweight contender Jim Miller in April. Not only did the win earn him fight and submission of the night honours, he was set to receive $130,000 in bonus money.

For Healy, who has spent much of his career competing in smaller shows, this was a life-changing payday.

However, roughly three weeks prior to UFC 159, Healy made the most expensive mistake of his professional career, opting to smoke marijuana with friends. Following his fight with Miller, the Strikeforce veteran was flagged for metabolites and retroactively suspended 90 days. The bout was also ruled a no contest.

Worse yet for Healy, he was in violation of a UFC policy that requires fighters to pass all drug tests in order to receive bonuses.

Just like that, his dream pay cheque vanished into thin air.


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