Posted 6/1/07 8:17:00AM
Pat Healy had to climb into a tank and cut off all sound and sight before the magnitude of this past weekend's Strikeforce fight really hit him.
"I went in there the morning of the fight ... and I didn't really realize how nervous I was until I was in there," he today told MMAjunkie.com Radio of his flotation/sensory-deprivation tank. "I was thinking about my fight, and my heart was racing.
"It really took me 20 or 30 minutes in there before I started calming down."
Twelve hours before he met Japanese standout Mizuto Hirota (14-5-1 MMA, 0-1 SF) at the July 14 "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy" card this past weekend, Healy (28-16 MMA, 6-1 SF) plunged into the tank for a 90-minute float. It helped the veteran lightweight clear his mind ahead of the preliminary-card fight, which aired on Showtime Extreme from the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
It also helped lead to an eventual unanimous-decision victory and his fifth straight win under the Strikeforce banner.
Posted 5/25/12 8:57:00PM
Is sensory-deprivation tank code for judges?
Posted 10/7/08 5:39:00PM
Lol at above comment. Healy's mega underrated however Saturday may not have been his best performance.