From fighting for the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship to fighting an undefeated newcomer, Pat Healy had seen a number of fighters take this fight with him and back out. Kurt Holobaugh was the man who eventually made it to the cage to fight Healy on Saturday night.
In an important lightweight bout that would likely decide who moved to the UFC and who didn't, Healy took a decision victory over a game Holobaugh. It was an entertaining fight that was contested largely on the mat.
Here is what we learned from the fight.
What We'll Remember About This Fight
The fight was actually an entertaining grappling affair, even though Healy's wrestling dominated most of the ground battle. Healy showed great defense and top-game wrestling, while Holobaugh showed a crafty guard and good submission knowledge.
I personally will remember the omoplata that transitioned to a toe hold by Holobaugh in the first round. I thought he had it, but Healy escaped.
All in all, if you liked submission grappling, this fight was enjoyable.
What We Learned About Kurt Holobaugh
For taking the fight on two weeks' notice and being vastly less experienced than Healy, Holobaugh showed great cardio, solid grappling ability and good striking (from the little we saw). He is definitely an intriguing prospect, but it's doubtful he will get a call from the UFC after the loss.
I hope I am wrong because this fighter has a ton of potential.
What We Learned About Pat Healy
Healy is a true veteran and a blanket on the ground. His wrestling is smothering, his submission defense is very good and he is definitely ready for the UFC.
Not much was actually learned, though, as this was a vintage Healy performance.
What's Next for Holobaugh
As stated, since he didn't win the fight, one would assume he will not make it to the UFC. However, if I were a UFC official and saw this fight, I would offer him a chance to fight in the Octagon.
If a UFC contract is waiting for him, he should meet Marcus LeVesseur or Joe Proctor.
What's Next for Healy
He is definitely moving over to the UFC with this win. No fights are going to be easy, but he definitely should get a top-25 fighter. Mark Bocek would be a nice challenge for Healy to see if he belongs among the elite.