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Strikeforce: Pat Healy Vs. Kurt Holobaugh

Pat Healy vs. Kurt Holobaugh

A very disgruntled Pat Healy (28-16) faces Kurt Holobaugh (9-0) in our next contest at lightweight. Healy was expected to face Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce title, but Melendez was forced out with an injury. Holobaugh will be making his debut for the promotion. Kevin Nix is the referee in charge.

Round 1: Holobaugh comes firing out at Healy, and we have a striking exchange. Healy shoots for a takedown after eating a pair of strikes, and the two tie up against the cage. Holobaugh going to the body now, as Healy lands a knee flush to the body. Healy grabs a single-leg, shifts to the back and scores a takedown. Holobaugh tries to work an armbar, but Healy pulls free from that easily and peppers his face with blows. Holobaugh transitions to a heel hook from the bottom, and Healy spins around and lands a big shot to the face. Two minutes left and Healy is being forced to work while on top. Holobaugh gets to his feet and grabs a hold of Healy’s head, landing a nice knee to the body. Holobaugh gets the takedown this time, taking the back and trying to spider himself on Healy, but the veteran reverses it and gains control. Healy locks in a rear-naked, but is unable to get the submission as the round end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Healy

Round 2: Holobaugh standing and trading with Healy, but Healy drops and gets a takedown without much resistance. Healy folding Holobaugh up, working from side to full mount to the back. Healy has a hook in and is working to loosen Holobaugh up for a choke. Holobaugh trying to shake Healy off, and he gets out and is free, but his leg gets caught in Healy’s grasp and “Bam Bam” is working a leg submission. Healy lets it go and moves to the back again, as they are standing against the fence. Healy into Holobaugh’s guard now with just under two minutes to go in the round. Healy doing some minor damage, while also looking for a submission.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Healy

Round 3: Holobaugh kicking away at Healy, but will likely need a finish to score the upset victory after two rounds. Healy seems content to engage, landing a nice knee inside the clinch. Holobaugh throwing nice lefts and rights at will, and does his best to fend off a Healy takedown attempt, which he does. Healy in guard, working quickly for a number of submissions again. Holobaugh, though, is doing a good job of staying active on his back and is able to reverses things. Under a minute and Healy is on the back again, but Holobaugh is working to get to his feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Healy

Pat Healy def. Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)