Chas Skelly

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Chas Skelly
Born (1985-05-11) May 11, 1985 (age 33)
Bedford, Texas, United States
Other namesThe Scrapper
ResidenceFort Worth, Texas, United States
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Reach73 in (185 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofKeller, Texas, United States
TeamTeam Takedown
WrestlingNAIA Wrestling[2]
Years active2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission10
By decision4
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Chas Lucas Skelly[3] (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 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.[4][5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

Bellator MMA[edit]

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[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7]

In his second fight for the promotion, Skelly faced Tom Niinimäki on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 49.[8] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[9]

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.[10] He won the fight via unanimous decision and set the modern era record for shortest time in between UFC wins at 13 days.[11]

Skelly faced Jim Alers on February 14, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 60.[12] He won the fight via TKO in the closing seconds of the second round.[13]

Skelly was briefly linked to a bout against Hacran Dias on June 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 70.[14] However, Skelly was pulled from the card in early June due to illness and replaced by Levan Makashvili.[15]

Skelly faced Kevin Souza on November 7, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 77.[16] Despite being rocked a number of times by Souza's punches, Skelly rallied and won the fight via submission in the second round.[17]

Skelly next faced Darren Elkins on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196.[18] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[19]

Skelly faced Maximo Blanco on September 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 94.[20] He won the fight via submission in the fight's opening minute and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[21][22]

Skelly faced Chris Gruetzemacher on February 4, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 104.[23] He won the fight via submission in the second round.[24]

Skelly faced Jason Knight on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211.[25] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[26] He received a 180-day medical suspension[27] to recover from his injuries.

After more than one year absent from competing, Skelly faced newcomer Bobby Moffett on November 10, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 139.[28] He lost the fight via a technical submission.[29]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–4 Bobby Moffett Technical Submission (brabo choke) UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez November 10, 2018 2 2:43 Denver, Colorado, United States
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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Werdum vs. Browne". Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "Chas Skelly - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SHOW RESULTS : March 5, 2016 LOCATION: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  4. ^ "BJPenn.Com Exclusive: Team Takedown Fighter Chas Skelly Waits for His Shot While Racking up Wins -". 21 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Is Chas Skelly ready for the next level?". 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  6. ^ "Undefeated featherweights Mirsad Bektic, Chas Skelly meet at UFC on FOX 11". 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  7. ^ Steven Marrocco (2014-04-19). "UFC on FOX 11 results, photos: Mirsad Bektic survives illegal knee, tops Chas Skelly". Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  8. ^ Staff (2014-06-12). "Tom Niinimaki vs. Chas Skelly added to UFC Fight Night 49 in Tulsa". Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  9. ^ Damon Martin (2014-08-23). "Chas Skelly makes quick work of Tom Niinimaki in Tulsa". Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  10. ^ Staff (2014-08-26). "Andre Fili out, Chas Skelly meets Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night 50". Retrieved 2014-08-26.
  11. ^ John Morgan (2014-09-05). "Chas Skelly dominates Sean Soriano for historical win". Retrieved 2014-09-05.
  12. ^ Jason Floyd (2015-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 60 fight card lineup finalized with addition of Chas Skelly vs. Jim Alers". Retrieved 2015-01-15.
  13. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-02-14). "UFC Fight Night 60 results: Chas Skelly gets TKO of Jim Alers". Retrieved 2015-02-14.
  14. ^ Lucas Guedes de Araújo (2015-05-26). "Hacran Days announces fight against Chas Skelly in June (Brazilian Portuguese)". Retrieved 2015-05-26.
  15. ^ Staff (2015-06-01). "Levan Makashvili replaces Chas Skelly at UFC Fight Night 70 in Florida". Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  16. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-09-18). "UFC Fight Night 77 complete with addition of Kevin Souza vs. Chas Skelly". Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  17. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-11-07). "UFC Fight Night 77 results: Chas Skelly stuns Sao Paulo crowd, chokes out Kevin Souza". Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  18. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-01-19). "UFC 196 Update: Darren Elkins to face Chas Skelly in Las Vegas on March 5". Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  19. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-03-05). "UFC 196 results: Darren Elkins' grinding attack too much for Chas Skelly". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  20. ^ Stacey Davis (2016-07-19). "Chas Skelly set to battle Maximo Blanco at UFC Fight Night 94". Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  21. ^ Damon Martin (2016-09-17). "Chas Skelly pulls off ridiculously fast submission to finish Maximo Blanco". Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  22. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-09-17). "UFC Fight Night bonuses: Johnson, Dunham, Glenn, Skelly pocket $50K Awards". Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  23. ^ Mike Jackson (2016-12-04). "UFC announces lineup for Superbowl weekend Fight Night in Houston". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  24. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-02-04). "UFC Fight Night 104 results: Chas Skelly outwrestles, chokes out Chris Gruetzemacher". Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  25. ^ Staff (2017-03-10). "Chas Skelly says he's fighting Jason Knight at UFC 211 in Dallas". Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  26. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-05-13). "UFC 211 results: Jason Knight thrashes Chas Skelly in third round for fourth straight win". Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  27. ^ "UFC 211 medical suspensions: Junior dos Santos, Yair Rodriguez out 45 days". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  28. ^ DNA, MMA (2018-08-28). "Featherweightclash tussen Chas Skelly en Bobby Moffett tijdens UFC Denver". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  29. ^ "Bobby Moffett Scores Controversial Finish of Chas Skelly (UFC 25th Anniversary Highlights) |". Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  30. ^ "Chas". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-11-11.

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