by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
With a combined record of 21-5 it’s hard to imagine why Colorado native Luke Holdorf has yet to breakout of the Rocky Mountain fight scene onto a larger stage.
Having captured regional titles at the 155-pound weight class, Holdorf has made a name for himself in Colorado, and recently Texas, as being one of the more dangerous ground fighters around, having won nearly all his fights by submission.
After spending much of his career in the Kickdown promotion, both as an amateur and pro, he is slowly spreading his wings to other promotions and now looks to impress the Ring of Fire contingency on Saturday night in Broomfield, Colo., as he squares off with Jamie Schmidt.
“I’m feeling great, my confidence is better than it’s ever been,” exclaimed Holdorf heading into Saturday’s fight.
“I’ve grown up considerably in the MMA game the last couple years. I’ve definitely stepped it up to full-time now. Everything in my life is changing for the better, so I see myself getting better and better every time.”
Having faced off against some tough competition in his region, he is ready to face off against talent from other areas, including the recently transplanted-from-Arizona Schmidt.
“I know he’s from Arizona and did pretty well in Rage in the Cage out there,” said Holdorf of his opponent. “But now he’s up in Loveland training with (The Ultimate Fighter’s) Noah Thomas and those guys out at Infinite Martial Arts.”
Past accomplishments and current training partners aside, Holdorf’s focus isn’t on what his opponent has done, but rather on doing what is needed for him to pick up the win.
“(I want to) showcase my skills and win,” he stated. “I mean, winning is more important than showcasing my skills, but I admit I have the skills and will take every opportunity I have to win.
“We’ll start standing until I either don’t like the results or until he tries to take it to the ground, it doesn’t matter (where the fight goes).”
Having racked up an 11-2 professional record after an extensive 10-3 amateur career, Holdorf is patient to let things come his way, but he knows the time to step up is right around the corner.
“I just want to take it one fight at a time, make money and support the family,” he explained. “To be honest with you, yes, I want to get to the (Ultimate Fighting Championship). But, also I don’t want to be in the UFC unless I’m ready to take a title.
“I don’t want to jump up there too quickly, get beat a couple of times and have no one remember me. When I get to the UFC, I have to make a statement and stay on top. It’ll happen, I guarantee that.”
To get his opportunity to step up into the biggest American promotions, Holdorf will have to continue to impress and work his way to the national stage. If his track record is any indication of how hard he’s willing to work to get there, we could very well be seeing him there sooner than later.
“I want to say to the fans, just come out, watch the show and have a good time,” closed out Holdorf. “Hopefully I’ll perform my best and put on a good show.”