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


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.