December 17, 1983 |
Hackettstown, New Jersey
|Residence||New York, New York|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||New York, New York|
|Team||Renzo Gracie Academy, Gracie Barra Texas|
|Teacher(s)||Vinicius Magalhaes, Renzo Gracie|
|Rank||purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
Cholish made his professional MMA debut in September 2007. He lost his first fight via submission, but won his next seven fights before signing with the UFC.
Cholish made his Strikeforce debut in February 2011 as part of the preliminary card for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva. He defeated The Ultimate Fighter veteran Marc Stevens via submission (kneebar) in the second round. Cholish drew considerable attention from MMA news sites for the submission due to its rarity.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Cholish next faced Gleison Tibau on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. He lost the fight via submission in the second round. After the fight Cholish retired from MMA, citing low pay as the reason for his retirement.
"I'm fortunate enough that I have a job that provides for me really well, I give a lot of these guys credit that fight at this level. I think they could be compensated much better based on the income that the UFC takes in. Fortunately, I can just walk away and I'm OK with it. By no means do I mean it disrespectfully toward any other fighters because I think they do a great job. But hopefully Zuffa and the UFC will start paying them a little better."
— John Cholish, Interview after retirement
Cholish, a Cornell University graduate, holds a full-time job with the Beacon OTC Group on Wall Street, which brokers commodities of natural gas crude oil on the institutional platform.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||8 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||8-3||Gleison Tibau||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold||May 18, 2013||2||2:34||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|Loss||8-2||Danny Castillo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller||May 5, 2012||3||5:00||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||8-1||Mitch Clarke||TKO (punches)||UFC 140||December 10, 2011||2||4:36||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||7-1||Jameel Massouh||Submission (guillotine choke)||Cage Fury Fighting Championships 9||June 10, 2011||2||2:25||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6-1||Marc Stevens||Submission (kneebar)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva||March 26, 2011||2||3:57||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||5-1||Rich Moskowitz||Submission (inverted triangle choke)||Ring of Combat 32||October 23, 2010||3||3:05||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4-1||Hitalo Machado||TKO (punches)||Urban Conflict Championships 2||May 14, 2010||4||2:25||Jersey City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3-1||Matt Troyer||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Urban Conflict Championships 1||March 19, 2010||2||1:16||Jersey City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2-1||Benoit Guionnet||TKO (punches)||Wreck MMA - Fight for the Troops||December 12, 2009||2||0:39||Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||1-1||Chris Connor||Decision (unanimous)||Battle at the Nation's Capital||December 13, 2008||3||5:00||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Loss||0-1||Jason Patino||Submission (guillotine choke)||Cage Fights 6||September 29, 2007||1||2:17||Fort Myers, Florida, United States|
- "Mitch Clarke Makes his UFC Debut". ALLMAX Nutrition. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- "Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish added to UFC on FOX 3 in May". MMAjunkie.com. February 7, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "Yves Edwards to face John Cholish at UFC on FOX 5". MMAFighting.com. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
- "Jeremy Stephens Replaces Injured John Cholish, Faces Yves Edwards at UFC on Fox 5". sherdog.com. 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
- "Gleison Tibau vs. John Cholish joins UFC on FX 8 lineup". mmajunkie.com. March 6, 2013.
- Matt Erickson and John Morgan (2013-05-19). "John Cholish retires after UFC on FX 8 loss, pushes for better fighter pay". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- "Inside the Mind of an MMA Champion". ResSports.com. November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010.