Chris Holdsworth pulls off fourth straight submission to win TUF 18 title

Submission specialist Chris Holdsworth has made a career out of
making opponents tap out and his latest victory not only sent Davey
Grant home with a loss, but his second round, rear naked choke
capped off his perfect run to win the 18th season of The Ultimate
Fighter.

Holdsworth, a product of Team Alpha Male in California, was a
part of Team Tate on the reality show, but on Saturday night he was
flanked by a group of great coaches including Muay Thai expert
Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig, who has led the team to a near perfect record
in the Octagon.

Holdsworth did his part to add to the team’s recent run while
bringing home an Ultimate Fighter trophy to boot.

The fighters both opened up furiously unleashing punches in the
opening round with Grant cracking Holdsworth with a good shot to
set the tone. Not to be outdone, Holdsworth fired back with a
couple of slick combinations that rattled the Brit’s jaw. The brief
exchanges at distance left Holdsworth and Grant looking for the
clinch and takedowns at different points, although neither gained a
clear upper hand.

The relentless attacks to get the fight to the ground paid off
for Holdsworth in the second round after he stuck to his guns and
made Grant engage him in a battle on the mat. Once the fight was on
the canvas, Holdsworth didn’t waste any time showing his
superiority in the jiu-jitsu game, wrapping up Grant and taking his
back, locking on the body triangle.

As Grant tried to play defense, Holdsworth quietly slipped his
arm under the British bantamweight’s chin and wrenched up on a rear
naked choke. As the fighters rolled over, Grant was stuck in cement
with Holdsworth tightening up on the choke and a few moments later
he was forced to tap out.

“HWPO baby — hard work pays off,” Holdworth shouted after
the victory. “Hats off to Davey Grant, I really respect him, he’s a
great fighter, great human being and I wish him the best of luck in
the future.”

Holdsworth (5-0) caps off a perfect run through The Ultimate
Fighter with four straight victories — all by submission. It
also keeps his undefeated professional record in tact where
Holdsworth has finished every one of those fights by submission as
well. The Team Alpha Male fighter now jumps into the thick of the
bantamweight division where he will join fellow teammates Urijah
Faber and TJ Dillashaw on the UFC roster.