Kurt Holobaugh Wants to Blow Past Desmond Green into UFC New Orleans

March 20, 2015
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While he wasn’t as busy as he’d wanted to be in 2014, Titan FC featherweight title contender Kurt Holobaugh nonetheless had a very successful year.

Wins over Eric Marriott in February and Lloyd Woodard in August have Holobaugh riding a four-fight winning streak since his UFC release a couple years ago.

“I felt I put on great performances in both fights,” Holobaugh told MMAWeekly.com. “The fight (against Marriott) was a three-round decision, but I think I got to showcase a lot more of my skills and what I’ve developed the last year. You didn’t get to see much in the 15-second knockout (of Woodard), but overall it was a great performance.

“I think I’m just hitting on all cylinders right now. I think I had a little bit of a bad run in 2013, but I fixed the mistakes and problems that cost me those fights and now I’m back and ready to go.”

The two wins Holobaugh (13-2) picked up in Titan FC last year have lead him to a 145-pound title shot against Desmond Green (14-3) on Friday in Mobile, Ala., as part of the promotion’s participation at Mobile Aerofest 2015.

“Des is a tough guy, but I don’t feel he’s a very powerful finisher,” said Holobaugh. “In 14 wins, I think he has 11 or 12 decisions. So for me the thing is to keep him from laying on me for five rounds and try to grind out an easy victory.

“I’m going to go out there and force him to fight my fight. And if it goes to the ground, I’m not going to let him lay on me and not do anything. Even if I’m on the bottom, I’m going to work to get myself back up or do some damage from there.”

Holobaugh feels that a win over Green on Friday could very well be the key towards receiving a return invitation to the UFC this year.

“This is kind of a defining moment of my career,” said Holobaugh. “If I lose, I feel like I’ll go back to the bottom and have to start over. If I win, one of my main goals is to fight in the UFC in New Orleans.

“What a thing it would be to make my UFC return on a home card. That’d be a dream come true for me, and I’m hoping I can make that happen with a win over Des.”

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