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UFC 173: Chris Holdsworth Vs. Chico Camus

ufc 173

Chris Holdsworth vs. Chico Camus

Our first of three straight former Ultimate Fighter winners takes to the cage next, as Chris Holdsworth collides with Chico Camus at bantamweight.

Holdsworth (5-0) won his TUF title with a submission victory over Davey Grant last November. The Team Alpha Male fighter has won all five of his pro bouts via submission and was expected to meet Kyung-Ho Kang.

Camus (14-4) has won two straight, including a decision over Kang, and is 6-1 in his last seven overall.

Round 1: Holdsworth lands a left off a big miss by Camus, flooring the veteran. Another over the top left hook lands for the youngster, who has seemingly found his range. Holdsworth with an easy takedown and quickly into side control with two minutes left in the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holdsworth

Round 2: Camus is finding openings to attack with his striking, and doing a nice job of avoiding the length of Holdsworth. The TUF winner shoots in for a takedown and secures a body lock, spinning and getting Camus to his back. Holdsworth nearly locks up an arm triangle, but Camus remains patient and gets free. Another takedown and Holdsworth is on his back with his hooks in. Good battle between these two, as Camus knows how to defend and is doing that. Holdsworth locks up a variation of an arm triangle with just over a minute to go, tightening his grip. He releases it and goes to work from the top with punches. Holdsworth is plus-100 in terms of total strikes after 10 minutes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holdsworth

Round 3: Camus comes out, behind, and lands a great right-left combo. Holdsworth is shaken a bit by the attack and a little less hesitant to get into the fight. Holdsworth, though, responds with his fourth successful takedown and works some ground-and-pound. Just no answer from Camus on the ground, as Holdsworth is way too big and strong. He takes the back and locks in his hooks, working for a rear-naked choke with 90 seconds to go. Holdsworth locks up another arm triangle, but just can’t get Camus to quit.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holdsworth

Chris Holdsworth def. Chico Camus via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)