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Pat Healy could be deserving of a top-ten UFC opponent if he runs through Jorge Masvidal.
As you probably heard, Strikeforce is going to be folding in just about a month. With that, we are going to see several fighters that have impressive wins in the promotion, but are still unknown commodities to UFC fans.
Pat Healy is one of those fighters.
He is currently on a five fight winning streak, which was enough to earn him a title shot against Gilbert Melendez. At this point, though, he will not be getting it, as Melendez twice pulled out of fights due to injury, first at the aptly named Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy (which was canceled due to Melendez's injury), then at the upcoming Strikeforce: Champions event (since renamed Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine).
As both fighters enter the UFC, Gilbert Melendez is potentially lined up for an immediate title shot. At the worst, he is looking at one fight before going for the belt, and that would come against an established top-10 fighter, not a Strikeforce holdover with no name value such as Healy.
Still, Healy has shown himself to be pretty darn good over the years. While he has not been super-electrifying in Strikeforce, this is a guy who has been fighting since age 18, and has wins at welterweight over Dan Hardy, Paul Daley and Carlos Condit. If he can beat Jorge Masvidal at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine convincingly, he will be deserving of a top-10 opponent.
Diaz can do what his teammate couldn't be bothered to. It would be a fun fight between two submission-focused fighters with deceptively good hands that would be a great chapter in the Strikeforce vs. UFC saga.