|Born||July 25, 1988|
Brook Park, Ohio, United States
|Other names||The Cutt|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||185.5 lb (84.1 kg; 13.25 st)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Fresno, California, United States|
|Team||Dethrone Base Camp|
|Rank||Two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born in Brook Park, Ohio, Honeycutt began wrestling at the age of four. Honeycutt attended North Andover High School in Massachusetts for two years before moving and transferring schools to St. Edward High School in Ohio. At North Andover, Honeycutt finished second in the state tournament and finished the season with a record of 32-1 with the loss coming in the state final. As a sophomore, Honeycutt won the Massachusetts state championship. At St. Edward's, Honeycutt placed third in the state tournament and then went undefeated and won the state championship again for his senior season. Honeycutt finished with an overall high school record of 154-10 and was also a member of the 2006 Junior National team. Honeycutt continued his wrestling career at Edinboro University where he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American. A fan of mixed martial arts, Honeycutt soon began his career after college. Honeycutt also had brief training in boxing as well as Tae Kwon Do before embarking on a career in MMA.
Mixed martial arts career
Early career: Up and Comers Unlimited
Honeycutt made his professional MMA debut on January 26, 2013, defeating Jesse Torres via first-round TKO in the Up and Comers Unlimited promotion.
After another first-round stoppage win, Honeycutt faced Manny Murillo for the vacant UPC middleweight championship at UPC Unlimited: Up & Comers 16 on July 20, 2013. He won the fight via unanimous decision after five rounds to become the UPC middleweight champion.
Honeycutt successfully defended his title once, defeating Jake Gallagher via TKO due to punches in the first round at UPC Unlimited: Up & Comers 18 on January 4, 2014.
Honeycutt was expected to compete in the Battlegrounds MMA single night 8-man tournament on October 3, 2014. However, in September it was announced that him, along with Dennis Hallman, were removed from the welterweight bracket and replaced by Jesse Taylor and Joe Ray.
Honeycutt made his welterweight and Bellator debut at Bellator 125 against Ultimate Fighter 12 contestant Aaron Wilkinson on September 19, 2014. Honeycutt won the fight via TKO in the second round.
In his third fight for the promotion, Honeycutt faced Paul Bradley at Bellator 140 on July 17, 2015. The fight ended midway through the second round after an accidental clash of heads between the two fighters, resulting in a cut on Bradley that the doctor deemed too bad to allow the fighter to continue. The official result was a No Contest. A rematch with Bradley was held on January 29, 2016 at Bellator 148. Despite again being the betting favorite, Honeycutt lost the bout via TKO early in the first round, resulting in the first loss of his MMA career.
Return to middleweight
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Up and Comers Unlimited
- UPC Middleweight Championship (one time)
- One successful title defense
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||11 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||11–3 (1)||Costello van Steenis||Decision (split)||Bellator 210||November 30, 2018||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||11–2 (1)||Leo Leite||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 202||July 13, 2018||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||10–2 (1)||Rafael Lovato Jr.||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 189||December 1, 2017||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||10–1 (1)||Kevin Casey||TKO (punches)||Bellator 182||August 25, 2017||2||2:06||Verona, New York, United States|
|Win||9–1 (1)||Ben Reiter||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 166||December 2, 2016||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||8–1 (1)||Mikkel Parlo||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 156||June 17, 2016||3||5:00||Fresno, California, United States||Return to Middleweight.|
|Win||7–1 (1)||Matt Secor||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 153||April 22, 2016||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||6–1 (1)||Paul Bradley||TKO (punches)||Bellator 148||January 29, 2016||1||0:40||Fresno, California, United States|
|NC||6–0 (1)||Paul Bradley||NC (accidental headbutt)||Bellator 140||July 17, 2015||2||2:47||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||6–0||Clayton MacFarlane||TKO (body punches)||Bellator 133||February 13, 2015||3||4:16||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Aaron Wilkinson||TKO (punches)||Bellator 125||September 19, 2014||2||4:45||Fresno, California, United States||Welterweight debut.|
|Win||4–0||Jake Gallagher||TKO (punches)||UPC Unlimited: Up & Comers 18||January 4, 2014||1||2:11||Rancho Mirage, California, United States||Defended UPC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Manny Murillo||Decision (unanimous)||UPC Unlimited: Up & Comers 16||July 20, 2013||5||5:00||Rancho Mirage, California, United States||Won vacant UPC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||2–0||Richard Blake||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UPC Unlimited: Up & Comers 15||May 11, 2013||1||2:20||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jesse Torres||TKO (punches)||UPC Unlimited: Up & Comers 14: The Experience||January 26, 2013||1||1:16||Palm Springs, California, United States|
- "Chris Honeycutt Tapology profile". tapology.com.
- Shaun Al-Shatti (September 16, 2014). "Jesse Taylor, Joe Ray replace Dennis Hallman, Chris Honeycutt in Battlegrounds MMA one-night, eight-man tournament". mmafighting.com.
- MMAjunkie Staff (August 29, 2014). "Bellator 125 lineup complete with eight fights on preliminary card". mmajunkie.com.
- Press Release (December 22, 2014). "Chris Honeycutt vs. Clayton MacFarlane finalizes Spike TV lineup for Bellator 133: 'Manhoef vs. Shlemenko'". mmamania.com.
- Staff (April 22, 2015). "Chris Honeycutt vs. Paul Bradley added to July's Bellator 140 in Connecticut". mmajunkie.com.
- Staff (April 22, 2016). "Bellator 153 results: Andrey Koreshkov dominates Benson Henderson to retain title". mmajunkie.com.
- Brent Brookhouse (June 17, 2016). "Bellator 156 results: Eduardo Dantas dominates Marcos Galvao to win bantamweight title". mmajunkie.com.
- Steven Marrocco (December 2, 2016). "Bellator 166 results: Eduardo Dantas retains bantamweight title with majority nod over Joe Warren". mmajunkie.com.
- Mike Bohn (July 25, 2017). "'Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njokuani' lineup finalized with 14 (!) prelims". mmajunkie.com.
- Staff (October 6, 2017). "Featherweight champ Julia Budd headlines Bellator 189 in rematch with Arlene Blencowe". mmajunkie.com.
- Steven Marrocco (July 13, 2018). "Bellator 202 results: Chris Honeycutt dominates Leo Leite with trio of 30-25 scores". mmajunkie.com.