On July 14, the UFC will make their first trip to Idaho with UFN 133. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet a formidable Southern tiger looking to use his ferocious submission arsenal to great effect in his second run with the UFC. A professional since March 2011 and representing Gracie United- Team Jucao South, Kurt Holobaugh owns a 17-4-1 record in 21 career professional bouts comprised of nine submissions, five knockouts four decisions and a no contest. Holobaugh appeared on week one of season one of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2017 and also fought for Titan Fighting Championship.
In his MMA debut at In yer Face Karnival Karnage, he submitted Derrick Breaux in the first round. Holobaugh also tapped out his next two opponents in Paul Solieau and Phil Daru. Then, he defeated Brooker Arthur via unanimous decision at XFC Nightmare on the Northshore. Holobaugh submitted his next three opponents that included wins over Ronnie Rogers and JC Pennington. At Natural Disaster 3, he defeated Wellington Brito via TKO in the first round. Holobaugh knocked out Wesley Dunlap in round one at FFI 13. At Caged Warriors Championship 1, he tapped out John LeBlanc in the first round. Holobaugh defeated Calvin Miller in the main event of XFC Louisiana. For his debut outing with Titan Fighting Championship at Titan FC 27, he defeated Eric Mariott via unanimous decision. Holobaugh defeated Bellator MMA veteran Lloyd Woodard via TKO in the first round at Titan FC 29. At Titan FC 33, he defeated Desmond Green via split decision. Holobaugh defeated Brazil’s Luciano Dos Santos via TKO in the second round at Titan FC 39. At Titan FC 42, Holobaugh submitted Yosdenis Cedeno via rear naked choke in round three. In his final outing with Titan Fighting Championship at Titan FC 44, he defeated Gesias Cavalcante via TKO in the fourth round.
At UFN 133 on July 14, Holobaugh will face newcomer Raoni Barcelos in an intriguing clash of styles at featherweight. UFN 133 has many under the radar match ups on this card. I think that the key to victory for Holobaugh in this contest will lie in his ability to control the pace early and in the later stages of the fight he will use his daunting submission base to get the tap late in round two or early in round three. You can catch this fight live on UFC Fight Pass. Good luck Kurt!