After spending nearly a year away from fighting, former UFC featherweight Kurt Holobaugh returned to action this past February for Titan FC and scored a big win over former Bellator fighter Eric Marriott.
Looking back on the win over Marriott, Holobaugh feels it was the kind of fight to put him back on the map after 10 months off.
“He’s a tough veteran, but I feel I gave him all he could handle,” said Holobaugh of Marriott. “He’s definitely a good, well-rounded fighter, and considering I could have submitted him, even with my hand being broke, it was a pretty good fight.
“I showcased a little bit more of my abilities and overall I feel I performed pretty well.”
Not only was Holobaugh determined to return to fighting in solid fashion, but also avoid losing his third straight fight.
“I had to take that plane ride home twice in a row as the loser, thinking what could I have done different to get the win and how much more prepared I could have been,” Holobaugh told MMAWeekly.com. “I was thinking to myself there was no way I was going to take the plane ride home a loser in that one.
“I learned a lot from those losses. I worked hard to correct the mistakes I made in those fights. I’m training harder and have gotten better, and I’m a completely different fighter, which I’m looking forward to showing soon.”
Holobaugh (10-2) returns at Titan FC 29 on Aug. 22 in Fayetteville, N.C., against Bellator veteran Lloyd Woodward (13-4).
“What I feel that I normally have against the guys I’m fighting is that I get in there and break them with my pace and force them to fight my fight,” said Holobaugh. “I’m sure (Woodward) feels he can push a hard pace, so I’ve got to push a harder pace and make him come up and hang with that.
“Maybe he can hang with that and maybe he doesn’t, but that’s where I’m going to test him at.”
Should Holobaugh pick up the victory over Woodward, he feels it will make him one of the top fighters in Titan FC’s 145-pound division.
“A win over (Woodward) is big,” said Holobaugh. “He’s been a Bellator quarter-finalist twice, and definitely has some impressive wins, so getting a win over him can do a lot for me and put me right where I need to be.”