Through the Fire: The Journey of Pat Minihan

When Pat Minihan steps into the cage to take on the young up and coming Ky Hollenbeck at Cage Combat Fighting Championship this Saturday, the bout could be viewed as a classic ‘prospect versus journeyman’ match up. However, Pat does not fit the mold of a typical grizzled veteran.

Minihan, a 33 year old American Kickboxing Academy welterweight and the last man ever required to try out for the team, left MMA in 2002 and stopped fighting professionally for five years. Despite devoting himself to fighting since 2000 and following three years of military service, Minihan walked away from the cage after a bout in Boise, Idaho.

“There was a zip tie on the cage and I ripped the top of my knee off. I could see everything moving inside my knee. The insurance didn’t go through and then the promoter’s number changes. That cost me 1800 bucks to get my knee fixed. I got stuck with the bill; I was upset and said, ‘I’m done. Forget this.”

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