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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Championship Cage Fighting – CCF XVI: CAGED FURY takes place Jan. 29 in Boise, ID

CHAMPIONSHIP CAGE FIGHTING – CCF XVI: CAGED FURY will take place this Thursday night, January 29th at the Qwest Arena in downtown Boise, Idaho. The event which begins at 7pm will include a video tribute to the late Justin Eilers, who is from nearby Nampa, Idaho. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Justin Eilers Foundation.

Former Boise State Bronco football player Steve “The Nurse” Pillot will be fighting undefeated Tyler “The Attack” Mack. No opponent has yet made it our of round one with Mack. Ronnie “Rampage” Rhodes takes on Joe “Top Dog” Smotherman for the vacant CCF Featherweight World Title. The CCF Female Middleweight World Title will be on the line when the undefeated Tashianna “Wild Child” Brown takes on Arie Howe.

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