The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 finale is just over 24 hours away. Team Tate finalist, Chris Holdsworth looks to make his official record 5-0 as he takes on fellow men's finalist Davey Grant. Holdsworth took some time out from training for a media conference call, to discuss his upcoming fight in his hometown and training at the notorious Team Alpha Male.
“I have a lot of respect for Davey. He’s a really great competitor, a really good fighter, and overall really good dude. We got along really well in the show and I respect him as a person. I respect him as a fighter, but this is business and we both want the same thing,” said Holdsworth during a recent media conference call. “We’re going to go in there on Saturday night and show the world who deserves it, so that’s pretty much it.”
“To me it’s just another fight. Everyone says, you got the biggest fight of your life coming up, and yes I do see it that way, but I’m also just looking at it as another fight because I don’t need any extra added pressure,” he said. “I’m going in there with a clear mind and a big heart. I’m just going in there ready to fight.”
Holdsworth is 4-0 in his MMA career, with four submission wins. He is a black belt in jiu jitsu under long time trainer Marc Laimon but heading into his fight with Grant, Holdsworth has trained at Team Alpha Male under head coach Duane Ludwig. Training with high level fighters like Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes and Joseph Benavidez has been very beneficial for the Holdsworth. Especially Benavidez who has been training for his flyweight championship rematch against Demetrious Johnson.
“Having individuals with a lot of the same goals kind of just helps me put things in perspective, seeing how people get ready for huge UFC fights – title fights,”
“I had a chance to get ready with Joseph Benavidez, who’s fighting for the flyweight strap. Plus, he was fighting on the same card as us, but he actually got pushed back two weeks. We got four guys fighting on the Dec. 14 card in Sacramento. So all of us have been peaking together and training together and it’s been going great, so that’s what it is, It’s definitely a tough fight and a stepping stone to my career, so I’m just looking at it that way and I’m ready. I just think it’s my time.”
It could very well be Holdsworth's time. The team Tate fighter has looked impressive in his three wins inside the house winning all of his fights via submission. However his opponent, Grant, will be no pushover and brings a huge threat to Holdsworth's hopes of winning the series. Regardless of the outcome it looks set to be a great fight and I cannot wait. Who's going to take in then Holdsworth or Grant?