Conor McGregor so generously sent out his team’s brightest prospect to compete, hoping for a glorious victory. But alas, fate had other plans in store for the illustrious Irishman.
Kurt Holobaugh (19-7, 1 NC), the fourth-ranked fighter on Team Chandler, made sure that McGregor’s hopes were dashed as he pulled off an impressive comeback submission win over McGregor’s SBG Ireland teammate Lee Hammond (5-0*). Oh, the sweet taste of defeat! This devastating loss left Hammond crushed and added another unfortunate statistic to McGregor’s already mounting failures.
(*TUF bouts are considered to be exhibitions and the results do not count towards a fighter’s pro record)
In the beginning, it seemed like Hammond would actually deliver a win for poor old Conor. The young Irishman dominated Holobaugh during their grappling exchanges with his superior skills. Oh, how confident he must have felt! Stifling Holobaugh’s busy guard and delivering solid ground-and-pound blows gave him a glimmer of hope. After taking Round 1 by storm, he continued his effective ground work in Round 2, landing blow after bloody blow upon Holobaugh.
But alas, McGregor’s dreams were crushed when Holobaugh seized an opening to escape from the bottom position and turn the tables. With less than two minutes left in the fight, the former UFC fighter unleashed a brutal guillotine choke that forced Hammond to tap out. Oh dear Conor, how does it feel to wallow in defeat?
As if the loss wasn’t enough of a blow to McGregor’s ego, he got into a tense faceoff with Chandler inside the cage. In true dramatic fashion, McGregor even went so far as to give Chandler a hard shove. UFC President Dana White had no choice but to intervene and prevent this feeble confrontation from escalating further. We can only imagine what ill will exists between these two stars who are apparently expected to fight at some point in time.
Holobaugh is not new to competing on big stages; he has previously fought for the UFC twice before – once in 2013 and then again from 2018-2019. Ah yes, another seasoned fighter adding insult to injury for Team McGregor! He now joins Team Chandler lightweight veterans Roosevelt Roberts and Austin Hubbard as they advance towards victory in TUF 31.
But don’t worry loyal MMA fans! There’s more action coming your way next week when Team Chandler’s very own Jason Knight (23-7) faces off against the valiant Landon Quinones from Team McGregor (7-1-1). Who will secure that oh-so-coveted final lightweight semifinal spot? Let the battle begin!
The Ultimate Fighter 31 continues to grace our screens every Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+. How delightful it is to witness such epic defeats unfold right before our very eyes!
After this grueling season comes to an end, we eagerly await the anticipated welterweight bout between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler. Unfortunately, folks, this match-up still hasn’t been made official and there’s some uncertainty surrounding McGregor’s future due to recent sexual assault accusations leveled against him. Oh dear Conor, what will become of your competitive status? Only time will tell.
But let’s not forget about the other talented fighters on TUF 31. The finalists in both the lightweight and bantamweight tournaments will also compete for a glorious six-figure UFC contract at the show’s live finale. We’re just waiting with bated breath for news of when this magnificent event will take place.
Ah, here they are! Feast your eyes upon the TUF 31 roster divided by team:
Team McGregor (prospects)
- Lee Hammond (27, 5-0)
- Nate Jennerman (29, 16-5)
- Aaron McKenzie (34, 11-2-1)
- Landon Quinones (27, 7-1-1)
- Mando Gutierrez (26, 8-2)
- Trevor Wells (27, 8-3)
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Team Chandler (veterans)
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