Round 1: Camus lands a straight right hand to start the fight. Holdsworth paws with his jab. Camus steps in with a right hand. They exchange. Holdsworth clips Camus and knocks him down with a left hook. Camus immediately bounces back to his feet. They exchange jabs. Camus misses with a huge right hand. Holdsworth looks to get the fight to the ground. He gets it and lands in side control. Holdsworth steps over into full mount. Camus scrambles back to guard. Holdsworth moves to the half guard position. He lands short right hands. Camus gets back to guard. Holdsworth postures up and the round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Holdsworth.
Round 2: Holdsworth jumps in with a knee to the body. Camus lands a right hand followed by an outside leg kick. Camus lands a right hook. Holdsworth closes the distance and works for a takedown. He gets it and lands in side control. Holdsworth delivers short left hands to the body and head before stepping over to the mount position. Holdsworth looks for an arm-triangle choke. Camus defends the submission attempt and gets to his feet. Holdsworth secures another takedown and moves to the mount position. Holdsworth postures up and lands punches. Holdsworth goes for another arm-triangle choke. Camus defends it. Holdsworth delivers right hands. Camus rolls and gives up his back. Holdsworth applies a body triangle and lands short punches. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Holdsworth.
Round 3: They meet in the middle of the Octagon and exchange jabs. Camus presses forward and lands a combination. Holdsworth changes levels and takes Camus down. He delivers elbows inside Camus’ guard. Holdsworth moves to side control. Camus gets back to half guard. Holdsworth postures up and drops in with a right hand. He takes Camus’ back. Holdsworth peppers Camus with left hands. Camus rolls and Holdsworth has the mount position. Holdsworth looks for an arm-triangle choke. Camus defends the submission attempt. Holdsworth gets to side control and lands elbows at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Holdsworth.
The judges scored the fight for Holdsworth by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.
“I felt great out there! I’m always looking for the finish so that aspect of the fight is a little disappointing. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch but we got the job done. He’s a veteran with four wins in the UFC so I think he was a great opponent for me to show what I can do. In a weird way I’m happy it went to a decision because I wanted to prove to myself and to the fans that I can go three hard rounds. I’m ready to spend some time with my family and meet my baby niece for the first time. I think I’ve earned a little time but not much… I want to get back out there as soon as possible.”