Kurt Holobaugh is your Ultimate Fighter Season 31 lightweight tournament winner. The 36-year-old Louisiana native submitted Austin Hubbard in the TUF 31 tournament finale, part of the UFC 292 undercard in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday night.
The August 19 second-round submission victory lands Holobaugh a six-figure UFC contract.
— UFC (@ufc) August 20, 2023
Holobaugh, a Titan FC veteran, earned a UFC contract on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series when he knocked out Matt Bessette. The fight was eventually overturned to a no-contest after Holobaugh did not notify the athletic commission that he used an IV containing 2,000 milliliters of fluid after the event’s weigh-in.
Ultimately, Holobaugh would go on to fight in the UFC, but lost all three fights on his contract.
He then picked up a handful of wins before being invited to compete on TUF 31 where he would be coached by Michael Chandler alongside a team of UFC veterans.
While in the house, Holobaugh would win two fights, setting up the finale bout against Hubbard.
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