"For a long time, my mom was convinced that it was letting me and my [twin] brother [Ryan] watch 'Terminator 2' as kids that made us both become fighters. We were about 17 or 18 when she first brought that up," Healy said. "I think she was halfway joking, but she was also serious. She thinks that was a turning point when we started to get too wild and she let us go too far.
"We were at the Boys and Girls Club, like a day camp thing where your parents leave you with the staff and there's all these games and pool tables and stuff like that. It's just a hangout for kids. One of the kids there had seen ["Terminator 2"] and he told us all about it. As soon as my brother and I got in the car to go home, we just begged and begged and whined until my mom finally broke down and let us rent it. When we were watching it she tried to come in two or three times and turn it off, but we just threw a fit. That's how we got to watch the whole thing. We loved it."
Healy says it was those good times with his brother that helped him become a better cage fighter.
"Me and my brother were always best friends. We're also really competitive with each other, but it's that type of competitive where it's all in the moment," Healy said. "We'd be fighting and rolling around and it would get really intense, but 20 minutes after we cooled down we'd be laughing about it. That kind of allows you to train and compete with an intensity that you don't have with anyone else.
"We got into grappling first, when we were about 14 or 15. We'd grapple in our basement, these marathon sessions, going for just 30 or 40 minutes, just going and going until one of us got one of the few submissions that we knew. We still train together now. Our coaches try to keep us apart because we know each other so well and know each other's tendencies so well. But we usually end up forcing the issue and going together anyway. We still work really well together, and now we've found some balance. We used to just get in there and try to kill each other."
Healy plans to take every opportunity he's offered in the UFC, even if it's on extremely short notice.
"I don't leave anything to chance now. I don't want to miss a training session, don't want to miss the chance to learn something I might need," Healy said. "You might think you have something else you need to do, or you're feeling stressed by something outside of fighting, but you have to push that to the background. Unlike most other sports, your whole livelihood keeps coming down to that next fight. You can make this amount of money if you win and half as much if you lose. When that's the situation, you better be ready to go."
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