Been more than five years, and fans still wonder and wait for Chris Holdsworth. Indeed, he is one of the top contenders that ever came out of The Ultimate Fighter house with a perfect career record.
However, his short intended leave turned to retirement from the arena.
Altogether, he was able to implant his name in the hearts of those who went heads over heels for MMA and can’t see the other reasons.
In other words, the professional mixed martial artist got only six matches close with his fighting career. Starting from 2010, it was short-lived as it exhausted in 2014, and he hasn’t stepped in ever since.
“It’s been hard, man. I’m not going to lie to you. I might not know it, but I might actually be helping people with my story, my fights, or my personality. If I can help people or change people’s lives for the better, that’s what’s important for me.”
Before discussing his whole story, below are quick facts to plunge in.
|Full Name||Chris James Holdsworth|
|Date of Birth||October 24, 1987|
|Birth Place||Van Nuys, California|
|Nick Name||Holds It Down|
|Age||[calculate years datestring=”10/24/1987″] Years Old|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg)|
|Hair Color||Light Brown|
|Father’s Name||Name Unknown|
|Mother’s Name||Name Unknown|
|Siblings||An older brother and an older sister|
|Profession||Mixed martial artist|
|Affiliations||Team Alpha Male|
|Active Years||2010-present (as a coach)|
|Net Worth||$128,000 annual MMA salary|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|UFC Merch||Gloves, Shirt, Punching Bag|
Chris Holdsworth is a fair-skinned man with light yellowish-brown hair and a light hint of beard with a similar color.
Furthermore, he has grey eyes, and altogether he is not well-muscled but maintains his weight at 135 lb (61 kg).
As for his height, he is fairly tall with 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) and also portrays a samurai tattoo sleeve on his right biceps.
Like everyone, he is quite into correct training and has a balanced diet in his everyday routine. Apparently, Holdsworth is covering sweating a lot on Tuesdays as his day for the total gym workout.
Chris Holdsworth | Early Life
Holdsworth (fully named Chris James Holdsworth) was born on October 24, 1987, under Scorpio’s sun sign.
As for his family background, he comes from an athletic background full of fighters. Although he hasn’t mentioned his parent’s names, he has shared his share of childhood stories.
Starting from his grandfather to his brother, they are all fighters.
His grandfather used to be a great boxer of his time, while his father is a fighter and a Vietnam War veteran. As for his mother, she works TSA at the Burbank Airport.
Additionally, his older brother was also a fighter who was, unfortunately, shot and killed when he was eight.
During his early years, Holdsworth practiced taekwondo initially, while his brother used to learn kickboxing.
When he lost his brother at an early age, it fuelled his passion for sports. Therefore, he devoted himself to fights and pieces of training guided by his father.
“My dad, he’s always been teaching me from day one, and he got me into it when I was younger. Kung-fu, Vietnam veteran, and we were always watching martial arts movies growing up. He had a heavy bag in the garage, and he’d show me stuff. His favorite quote was, ‘hit him in the balls, poke his eyes out, and play marbles with them.’ My dad was always a bit of a dirty fighter.”
Chris Holdsworth | Introduction to MMA
At first, Holdsworth did have some other career as a navy seal in his mind. However, after witnessing his brother’s funeral, he wanted to enter MMA and have a name there.
Therewith, as a teenager, he involved himself in the classes of Gracie Academy brown belt named Patrick King.
During the period, Gracie’s challenges were quite in the hype, therefore as he trained under him, he also got a chance to learn under the Gracie’s in Torrence.
Altogether he claimed a blue belt from Royce Gracie and his purple belt from the Gracie Brothers (Ryron & Rener).
Following it, he decided to leave his family and moved to Las Vegas to learn under his new instructor Marc Laimon.
Hence, he switched to the Cobra Kai Academy in March 2007, where he earned his brown and black belt in August of the same year.
All in all, Chris Holdsworth had become the youngest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in the US. Along his journey, he had started MMA slowly alongside UFC stars Johny Hendricks and Shane Roller.
After just a few weeks over gaining the black belt promotion, Holdsworth earned his share in the MMA debut as an amateur.
Before that, he had signed a deal with the Tuff-N-Uff promotion and fought over Justin Linn.
The debut bout covered him with a glorious triangle choke submission’s victory and advanced him to fight against Cameron Ramirez.
As they fought on September 18, 2009, Holdsworth claimed the match with TKO (punches).
Overall, as an amateur, Holdsworth took four matches in total, all victories before turning pro. After the second victory, he bagged the match against Gor Mnatsakanyan via TKO.
Following it, he charged successfully over Anthony Gutierrez at Tuff-N-Uff: Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest on August 6, 2010.
Chris Holdsworth | Professional Career
In October 2010, Chris Holdsworth entered the MMA arena as a professional through Team Alpha Male. He featured in four fights with the teams, which were all titled as his victories through submission.
The Ultimate Fighter
Initially, the Ultimate Fighter chose Chris Holdsworth as one of the fighters for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate.
In the first fight, Holdsworth fought over Louis Fisette in the elimination fight, which resulted in the first-round arm-triangle choke’s win.
Later, he stood in the team Tate where he faced Rousey’s #1 pick, Chris Beal. This fight became the most anticipated after Holdsworth started dominating through strikes, followed by knockdown and guillotine choke in the first round.
All in all, he ended the series after facing Michael Wooten in the semi-finals. Thus,l he won the match through a rear-naked choke in the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
In the UFC, Holdsworth had three matches in total, which included against Davey Grant, Chico Camus, and TJ Dillashaw. During the match against Chico Camus on May 24, 2014, originally, he was expected to face Kyung-Ho Kang.
However, Kyung-Ho Kang withdrew from the match, and Chico Camus replaced him. Thus, he won the UFC 173 via a unanimous decision.
Chris Holdsworth vs. Davey Grant
On November 30, 2013, Chris Holdsworth faced David Grant fought for a “six-figure” contract. The bout took place at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 Finale from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Altogether, their match had a clinch battle, which went on to extend till the second round. With the fight coming to an end, Holdsworth won by rear-naked choke.
Chris Holdsworth vs. TJ Dillashaw (controversy)
The match against Tj Dillashaw in 2014 proved to be the last one for Chris Holdsworth, which was followed by tons of controversies.
After the match between the two, it was left quite a hiatus due to Chris Holdsworth’s post-concussion syndrome.
As the match took place, Holdsworth was on the dominating side, and after his Choke, as he got on the mat, he met the knees of TJ.
To elaborate, TJ Dillashaw had used the illegal system for winning, which is via kneeing him on top of the head.
After this fight, Holdsworth took leave and never really returned in the octagon ever. Thus, the public was in a rage so were the other fighters regarding Tj’s behavior.
Even Urijah Faber and current UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt accused the fighter of his cheap shot.
However, Tj Dillashaw denied all the claims that were against him. All in all, the truth will always reveal itself no matter how hard we try to hide.
After three years of silence, Holdsworth spoke of his incident, stating that indeed Dillashaw tried to harm him.
“I’m just not the type of person to jump into people’s feuds or drama. I like to lay low and do my thing, but there’s been some talk, and after I heard T.J. lying about the subject, I’ve got to speak upon it. T.J. has always been a great fighter, he’s a great athlete, but there were multiple occasions where T.J. got a little bit too aggressive. There are no hard feelings, it’s whatever it is, but he’s a cheater.”
Chris Holdsworth | Post Career
We all know, MMA is a cruel thing. Sadly, you never know what the next step is holding for you. Whether it is a success or injury, MMA gives everything to you in a wholehearted form. The same happened to Chris Holdsworth.
Holdsworth had a glorious career and record during the fight and was also open of the most promising fighters.
However, he ended up leaving the spot after his concussion, which took everything away in an instance.
Having said these, Holdsworth’s positivity is immense and infectious. What’s great about him?
Well, he hasn’t given up; his love for the MMA is still the same measurement or maybe bigger but absolutely not any less.
Infact, he is now a TAM coach who tries to provide every piece of knowledge about the field.
Apart from that, he had even chosen not to talk about the incident that hampered everyone around him while he was suffering the most.
Additionally, he has also been featured as the UFC broadcaster after his leave.
“I’ve moved past it, and I’m happy where I’m at right now. I’m building world champions, and I’m helping guys, so that’s kinda where I’m at right now.”
Chris Holdsworth | Skill and MMA Record
Holdsworth is a package full of talents. Among all his skills, his Jiu-Jitsu is the best and the sharpest. Apparently, he has been learning it for the longest and has a good side of strikes. All in all, Holdsworth loves Jiu-Jitsu.
“I started with a background doing Hawaiian Kempo and Tai-Kwon-do and stuff like that, and I did boxing before I ever did jiu-jitsu.”
|Total Fights||Wins (6)||Loss(0)|
Chris Holdsworth is an MMA coach as of now who is expected to make millions and live a lavish life. During his MMA career, he was earning a yearly income of $128,000.
Chris Holdsworth | Personal Life
Unlike every athlete, the personal life of Holdsworth is disclosed. As far as things are, Holdsworth is not involved in any sorts of scandals, rumors, or controversies; thus, he must be happily single.
Even if you scroll down his social media accounts, he hasn’t mentioned his relationships. As for his early years, he is not involved with anyone; thus, all we can do is wait for him to break the news on this one.
Anyways, to look into Holdsworth as a normal person, he is quite unexpected. He has always been the different one with skills and talents. Infact, he may look medium strength; however, we are all aware of his potential.
“I’m a nerd. Some people say I’m socially awkward, but I’m not the guy who runs with a big crowd. I do my own thing and be quiet. I’m okay with that. I don’t want to look like a fighter. It’s not what I want to do. I want to be different.”