Kurt Holobaugh (13-2) has a rising stock in the world of mixed martial arts. He’s riding a four fight winning streak and in his last outing at Titan FC 29 he had never looked more dominate. Kurt dismantled long time Bellator veteran Lloyd Woodard in devastating fashion, by re-arranging his face in merely 15 seconds time into their opening stanza.
Now Holobaugh will face his biggest opponent to date, not just based on his fight resume but the fact that his next opponent may just be the only thing standing in between his career and a re-emergence in the UFC.
Desmond Green (14-3) another shooting star that has no plans on burning out anytime soon. A multi-time high school and collegiate wrestling champion is Green, but Kurt feels that he’s in even better shape than when he was in the UFC.
“Training has been great for this fight, I really feel that I’m in the best shape of my life and I’m pushing harder in training then I ever have. Being the main even on a national televised card is huge. I think it really shows how hard I’ve worked on getting to where i am today in my MMA career.”
Kurt and Desmond will share the final curtain as the main event for the Titan FC Featherweight Championship. Their fight will cap off a monumental showcase and their bout will serve as the unprecedented 4th title fight of the card. Titan FC 33 will be apart of Aerofest which will also include military exhibits along with a music festival to help benefit the men and women of the American Armed Forces, where more than just the eyes of MMA fans will be watching.
“The Aerofest is gonna be huge and lots of people, but I’m used to the big shows and the big crowds so I don’t think it’s gonna be a problem for me. Plus being close to my home town I will have lots of friends and family there supporting me.”
Kurt’s counterpart Desmond Green has proven his merit in Bellator finishing as the runner-up of the season 10 featherweight tournament. If that wasn’t enough, in his last two outings he took care of two former UFC competitors in Miguel Torres in 46 seconds on Halloween night at Titan FC 31 and on the following event he outlasted Steven Siler in a hard fought 5 round decision for the inaugural Titan FC Featherweight Championship. However even combining his athleticism with his recent accolades, Kurt still believes Green falls short of what he has to offer.
“Desmond Green is pretty Good everywhere, but I just think that I’m a little better and push a higher pace. With the training that I’ve done I should be well prepared for him. I believe I have the faster striking out of the two of us, and the better Bjj. I also have a lot more submission finishes than he does.”
Kurt has 7 submissions to his credit to go opposite against Green’s lone submission victory. Kurt has also never been finished in his mixed martial arts career compared to Desmond’s duo of submission defeats.
Holobaugh feels that a victory here will bring him right back into the Ultimate Fighting Championship. However what’s interesting is that the two blemishes on his record belong to a pair of fighters that have or will fight for Titan Fighting Championship. Steven Siler (24-14) who lost to Des Green as previously mentioned for the TFC Featherweight Championship and Pat Healy (30-20) who will fight for the TFC Lightweight Title on Friday night.
“I’m sure winning this fight will put me right back in the UFC. It will put me at a 5 fight win streak and over my victories were all over stiff competition, if it doesn’t then I’ll just keep working my way back. I’m not really too worried about any rematches. I look at that as what’s done is done. That’s really a time in my life that I try to forget about. It’s no doubt that this is the biggest fight of my career. There’s a lot of spot light on this fight being it’s for the Titan FC featherweight world championship that Green has.”
Ever since his UFC departure, Kurt has always relished the chance to comeback and what excites him most are the monetary gains, marquee match-ups and chances to fight some of the best the sport has to offer. He also weighs in on who he feels will win the upcoming UFC Title fight of his weight class and how he’d match-up with both combatants.
“If I was to go back to the UFC I wouldn’t be picky on who I fight. I just wanna make a good living for my family while I’m able to perform at a high level. I would just want exciting match ups for chances to get the $50,000 fight of the night bonuses. Conor McGregor is a amazing fighter that has done what no other fighter has done, but Jose Aldo is a monster and their a reason that he’s been the champ for so long. So I’m gonna have to side with Aldo on this fight. I see myself as one of the best in the world. I think I match up good with either one of them. I would just need a great hard training camp and I could shock the world.”
Even though Kurt feels that his main event this Friday night on Titan FC 33 for the Featherweight Championship at the Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama broadcasted live via CBS Sports Network is the biggest fight of his career. He also thinks that it’ll be an easy feat.
“I always believe I can catch my opponents early in the fight. I just need to catch green on one mistake and It will be a first round finish.”