May 11, 1985|
Bedford, Texas, United States
|Other names||The Scrapper|
|Residence||Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Division||Featherweight (135–145 Ib)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Keller, Texas, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Chas Lucas Skelly (born May 11, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2009, he has also competed for Bellator MMA and Legacy Fighting Championship.
Skelly was born in Bedford, Texas, but moved to Pennsylvania at a young age. Skelly began wrestling at the age of five and later moved back to Texas, attending Azle High School where he also played baseball and football, but quit the latter two sports when he was a senior to focus on wrestling. He held an overall record of 164-3, was a four-year letterman, and won a state championship during his senior year in 2003 while competing in the 140 lbs. division. Skelly continued wrestling at the collegiate level for Oklahoma City University where he earned NAIA All-American honors with a 7th place finish at nationals. He began mixed martial arts after he became a wrestling partner for current UFC fighter Johnny Bedford.
Mixed martial arts career
Skelly made his professional MMA debut in 2009 and won his first two fights in the first round via submission and TKO, respectively. Less than a month after the latter win, he was signed by Bellator MMA.
Skelly made his Bellator debut at Bellator 9 on May 29, 2009 and won the fight via split decision.
Still undefeated, Skelly won his next three consecutive fights before making his next appearance for the organization on May 20, 2010 at Bellator 19, facing Daniel Pineda. Skelly had previously defeated Pineda via submission and defeated him again in the rematch via kneebar.
After a two-year layoff due to injuries, Skelly again won his next three consecutive fights before his next appearance for the organization at Bellator 96 on June 19, 2013. He faced Jarrod Card and won via unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In March 2014, it was announced that Skelly has signed with the UFC. He made his debut against Mirsad Bektić on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne. He lost via majority decision. The fight was nearly stopped in the second round as Skelly landed a pair of illegal knees as Bektić was grounded against the cage, prompting the referee to deduct a point and allow him five minutes to recover. Bektić clearly was hurt and wobbled as he returned to his feet but was able to continue after a brief break.
After taking virtually no damage during his fight with Niinimäki, Skelly faced Sean Soriano on September 5, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 50, replacing an injured Andre Fili. He won the fight via unanimous decision and set the modern era record for shortest time in between UFC wins at 13 days.
Skelly was briefly linked to a bout against Hacran Dias on June 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 70. However, Skelly was pulled from the card in early June due to illness and replaced by Levan Makashvili.
Skelly faced Kevin Souza on November 7, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 77. Despite being rocked a number of times by Souza's punches, Skelly rallied and won the fight via submission in the second round.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Record for fastest submission in UFC/WEC history in the featherweight division
- Record for fastest consecutive wins in UFC history (13 days)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||17 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||17–3||Jason Knight||TKO (punches)||UFC 211||May 13, 2017||3||0:39||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||17–2||Chris Gruetzemacher||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie||February 4, 2017||2||2:01||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||16–2||Maximo Blanco||Technical Submission (anaconda choke)||UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson||September 17, 2016||1||0:19||Hidalgo, Texas, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||15–2||Darren Elkins||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 196||March 5, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–1||Kevin Souza||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3||November 7, 2015||2||1:56||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||14–1||Jim Alers||TKO (punches and knee)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch||February 14, 2015||2||4:59||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||13–1||Sean Soriano||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi||September 5, 2014||3||5:00||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||12–1||Tom Niinimäki||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos||August 23, 2014||1||2:35||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||11–1||Mirsad Bektić||Decision (majority)||UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne||April 19, 2014||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||11–0||Jarrod Card||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 96||June 19, 2013||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||10–0||Rey Trujilo||TKO (punches)||Legacy FC 16||December 14, 2012||3||4:52||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||9–0||Luis Vegas||Decision (unanimous)||PFS: Premier Fight Series 1||July 28, 2012||3||5:00||Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Win||8–0||Jeremy Myers||Submission (D'Arce choke)||XKO 15||June 2, 2012||1||2:59||Arlington, Texas, United States||Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.|
|Win||7–0||Daniel Pineda||Submission (kneebar)||Bellator 19||May 20, 2010||2||2:16||Grand Prairie, Texas, United States|
|Win||6–0||Tim Snyder||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOK 8: The Uprising||February 27, 2010||2||2:22||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||5–0||Daniel Pineda||Submission (choke)||SWC 8: Night of Rumble||September 18, 2009||1||2:12||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0||Jimmy Guzman||Submission (choke)||URC 5: Ultimate Rumble Championships||July 18, 2009||2||1:55||Conroe, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–0||Mike Braswell||Decision (split)||Bellator 9||May 29, 2009||3||5:00||Monroe, Louisiana, United States||Lightweight bout.|
|Win||2–0||Joshua Gerber||TKO (punches)||XKO: Xtreme Knockout 4||May 9, 2009||1||1:59||Arlington, Texas, United States|
|Win||1–0||Will Samuels||Submission (choke)||XKO: Xtreme Knockout 3||March 14, 2009||1||2:57||Arlington, Texas, United States|
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