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Chris James Holdsworth (born October 24, 1987[2]) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He's the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate.

Chris Holdsworth
BornChris Holdsworth
(1987-10-24) October 24, 1987 (age 31)
Van Nuys, California
Other namesHolds It Down
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Reach71.0 in (180 cm)[1]
StyleKickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofSacramento, California
TeamTeam Alpha Male
Years active2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
By submission5
By decision1
Amateur record
By knockout2
By submission2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit


His father was a martial artist and Vietnam War veteran, his mother is a breast cancer survivor and his grandfather was a Golden Gloves boxer.

When he was eight years old, his elder brother was shot and killed. At his brother’s funeral, his sensei posthumously awarded him his black belt in American kickboxing. Holdsworth, aged 8, told his mother he wanted to be a martial artist just like his brother so he excelled in several martial arts, especially BJJ. He was awarded his blue belt from the legendary Royce Gracie, his purple belt by Rener, Ryron and Rorion Gracie, and was awarded his brown and black belt by Marc Laimon. At age 21 he was one of the youngest BJJ black belts in the US.[3]

Amateur careerEdit

Holdsworth signed with the Tuff-N-Uff promotion in August 2009, and made his debut as an amateur against Justin Linn. He won his debut by triangle choke submission. He made a quick turnaround and faced Cameron Ramirez on September 18, 2009, and won the fight by TKO (punches). After taking a small hiatus, Holdsworth returned on February 26, 2010, facing Gor Mnatsakanyan. He won by TKO, extending his undefeated record to 3-0.

In his last amateur fight before turning pro, Holdsworth faced Anthony Gutierrez at Tuff-N-Uff: Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest on August 6, 2010.[4] He won by armbar, and turned pro in October of that year.

Professional MMA careerEdit

Holdsworth made his professional MMA debut in October 2010. He's a member of 'Team Alpha Male' and had 4 fights before joining the Ultimate Fighter. He won all of them by submission.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In August 2013, it was announced that Holdsworth was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate.[5]

Holdsworth faced Louis Fisette in the elimination fight to get into the house. He defeated him via arm-triangle choke in the first round.[6][7]

Holdsworth was the second pick of Team Tate. During the first tournament fight in the house, Holdsworth faced team Rousey's #1 pick Chris Beal. Miesha Tate selected this match up because of a possible advantage when they heard that Beal probably had an injured hand. The consensus was that Beal would have the better of the striking while Holdsworth would be dominant in the ground, but Beal was dominated in the striking, even being knocked down and then submitted via guillotine choke in the first round.[8]

In the semifinals, Holdsworth faced off against Michael Wooten. He won the fight via rear-naked choke in the first round.[9]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Holdsworth faced Davey Grant in the finals on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. He won the bout via rear-naked choke in the second round.[10]

Holdsworth was expected to face Kyung-Ho Kang on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[11] However, Kang pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Chico Camus.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Holdsworth has been absent from competitive fighting since 2014, with Holdsworth taking an indefinite hiatus from competition due to post-concussion syndrome.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Holdsworth works as a coach for Team Alpha Male.[14]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
6 matches 6 wins 0 losses
By submission 5 0
By decision 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 6–0 Chico Camus Decision (unanimous) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Davey Grant Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale November 30, 2013 2 2:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 18; Submission of the Night
Win 4–0 Tyler Shinn Submission (triangle choke) RFA 4 November 2, 2012 2 1:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3–0 Juan Rivas Submission (armbar) KOTC: Next Generation June 30, 2011 1 1:29 Highland, California, United States
Win 2–0 Gustavo Limon Submission (rear-naked choke) Gladiator Challenge: Legends Collide 2 February 20, 2011 1 0:45 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 1–0 Randy Villarreal Submission (rear-naked choke) Xtreme Knockout 8 October 9, 2010 1 2:05 Arlington, Texas, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
3 matches 3 wins 0 losses
By knockout 0 0
By submission 3 0
By decision 0 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Michael Wootten Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate November 6, 2013 (airdate) 1 3:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter 18 Semifinals round
Win 2-0 Chris Beal Submission (guillotine choke) September 18, 2013 (airdate) 1 4:16 The Ultimate Fighter 18 Quarterfinals round
Win 1–0 Louis Fisette Submission (arm-triangle choke) September 4, 2013 (airdate) 1 4:09 The Ultimate Fighter 18 Elimination round

Amateur mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
4 matches 4 wins 0 losses
By knockout 2 0
By submission 2 0
By decision 0 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–0 Anthony Gutierrez Submission (armbar) Tuff-N-Uff - Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest August 6, 2010 1 2:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3–0 Gor Mnatsakanyan TKO (punches) Tuff-N-Uff - Future Stars of MMA February 26, 2010 1 2:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2–0 Cameron Ramirez TKO (punches) Tuff-N-Uff - Future Stars of MMA September 18, 2009 1 1:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 1–0 Justin Linn Submission (triangle choke) Tuff-N-Uff - Back2Back August 22, 2009 1 1:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 173 Barao vs. Dillashaw". Archived from the original on May 26, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
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  4. ^ "Anthony "Shark Bait" Gutierrez". Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  5. ^ Staff (2013-08-15). "'Ultimate Fighter' Season 18 cast revealed, including LaRosa, Baszler, Modafferi". Retrieved 2013-12-10.
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  10. ^ Brian Knapp (2013-11-30). "Nate Diaz Flurry Dispatches Gray Maynard in 'The Ultimate Fighter 18' Finale Headliner". Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  11. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-02-21). "Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung Ho Kang set for UFC 173 in May". Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  12. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-05). "Chico Camus in for Kyung Ho Kang, meets Chris Holdsworth at UFC 173". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  13. ^ "Post-Concussion Syndrome Has Kept Chris Holdsworth out for Nearly a Year with No Return in Sight. His post concussion syndrome was allegedly caused by former Bantamweight champion and ex team alpha male fighter TJ Dillashaw".
  14. ^ "Chris Holdsworth breaks silence about T.J. Dillashaw incident, accuses him of using 'special supplements'". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-10-31.

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