31-Year-Old UFC Featherweight 18-5-0, 1NC
July 14, 2018 Kurt Holobaugh News
RotoWire Fantasy Analysis
Holobaugh lost to Raoni Barcelos via TKO (punches) at 1:29 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Boise, Idaho.
Holobaugh was almost certainly on his way to dropping a decision before the stoppage came. Despite the fact he attempted 295 strikes compared to just 171 from Barcelos, Holobaugh connected at just a 38 percent (115/295) clip and struggled to defend the takedown. The 31-year-old had never been knocked out prior to Saturday and he will be given another chance with the company in the near future. It was Holobaugh's first loss in more than two years.
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Fantasy AnalysisHolobaugh has had a rocky road to get back to fighting under the UFC banner. He lost to Pat Healy under the Strikeforce banner in 2013, then lost another decision to Steven Siler back at UFC 159. The 31-year-old was given another opportunity on the inaugural season of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, and impressed with a victory over Matt Bessette. That win came with a slight asterisk, however, as he used an IV to rehydrate for this fight -- a practice that is banned by the U.S. Anti-Doping agency -- and it resulted in a six-month suspension. This could be the final opportunity for Holobaugh if he doesn't emerge victorious against a fighter making their UFC debut.
Fantasy AnalysisHolobaugh stated he didn't know he was under USADA regulations during his fight with Matt Bessette, during which he used a 2,000 mL pre-fight IV, but claimed full responsibility. However, his management team states that it was miscommunication that led to the use of the IV. Holobaugh's manager Bryan Hamper explained that the fighter didn't understand Nevada's rules and didn't have any intention of cheating the system. Holobaugh claims he complied with procedures and willfully acknowledged his pre-screening form with the USADA. Whether they will see the IV use as an education error or not is yet to be seen and the investigation will continue.
Fantasy AnalysisHolobaugh was set to make his return to the UFC after scoring a win at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, but has been suspended instead. Prior to the fight at DWTNCS, he used a pre-fight IV, which isn't allowed with over 50 mL of fluid per a six-hour period for both in- and out-of-competition use unless it's "administered during a clinical investigation, hospital visit or surgical procedure" -- as is code under the World Ant-Doping Agency that the NAC adheres to. Holobaugh used 2,000 mL of fluid after weigh-ins and states he didn't know he was competing under the USADA's jurisdiction but claims full responsibility. As a result, Holobaugh will be forced to sit out until April 11, 2018, after which time he will have to submit a clean drug test to fight again in Nevada. His knockout win over Matt Bessette has been changed to a no contest and he will be forced to pay a $750 fine or 15 percent of his $5,000 purse from the event.