Chris Honeycutt

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Chris Honeycutt
Born (1988-07-25) July 25, 1988 (age 30)
Brook Park, Ohio, United States
Other namesThe Cutt
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight185.5 lb (84.1 kg; 13.25 st)
DivisionMiddleweight (2016–present)
Welterweight (2014–2016)
Reach73 in (185 cm)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofFresno, California, United States
TeamDethrone Base Camp
RankTwo-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total15
Wins11
By knockout5
By submission1
By decision5
Losses3
By knockout1
By decision2
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Chris Honeycutt (born July 25, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Middleweight division.

Background[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career: Up and Comers Unlimited[edit]

Honeycutt made his professional MMA debut on January 26, 2013, defeating Jesse Torres via first-round TKO in the Up and Comers Unlimited promotion.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

Battlegrounds MMA[edit]

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.[4]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Welterweight[edit]

Honeycutt made his welterweight and Bellator debut at Bellator 125 against Ultimate Fighter 12 contestant Aaron Wilkinson on September 19, 2014.[5] Honeycutt won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Honeycutt faced Clayton MacFarlane at Bellator 133 on February 13, 2015.[6] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.

In his third fight for the promotion, Honeycutt faced Paul Bradley at Bellator 140 on July 17, 2015.[7] 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.

After his first loss, Honeycutt returned to face Matt Secor at Bellator 153 on April 22, 2016. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[8]

Return to middleweight[edit]

Honeycutt returned to the middleweight division and faced Mikkel Parlo at Bellator 156 on June 17, 2016. Honeycutt won the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

Honeycutt faced Ben Reiter at Bellator 166 on December 2, 2016. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[10]

Honeycutt faced Kevin Casey at Bellator 182 on August 25, 2017.[11] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Honeycutt faced Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator 189 on December 1, 2017.[12] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

Honeycutt faced Leo Leite at Bellator 202 on July 13, 2018. He won the fight via unanimous decision, getting three 30-25 score cards from the judges.[13]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Up and Comers Unlimited
    • UPC Middleweight Championship (one time)
    • One successful title defense

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://gofightingscots.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=109
  2. ^ http://www.mmafighting.com/2012/4/7/2932401/chris-honeycutt-interview-wrestling-mixed-martial-arts-ufc-mma-news
  3. ^ a b c "Chris Honeycutt Tapology profile". tapology.com.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (August 29, 2014). "Bellator 125 lineup complete with eight fights on preliminary card". mmajunkie.com.
  6. ^ Press Release (December 22, 2014). "Chris Honeycutt vs. Clayton MacFarlane finalizes Spike TV lineup for Bellator 133: 'Manhoef vs. Shlemenko'". mmamania.com.
  7. ^ Staff (April 22, 2015). "Chris Honeycutt vs. Paul Bradley added to July's Bellator 140 in Connecticut". mmajunkie.com.
  8. ^ Staff (April 22, 2016). "Bellator 153 results: Andrey Koreshkov dominates Benson Henderson to retain title". mmajunkie.com.
  9. ^ Brent Brookhouse (June 17, 2016). "Bellator 156 results: Eduardo Dantas dominates Marcos Galvao to win bantamweight title". mmajunkie.com.
  10. ^ Steven Marrocco (December 2, 2016). "Bellator 166 results: Eduardo Dantas retains bantamweight title with majority nod over Joe Warren". mmajunkie.com.
  11. ^ Mike Bohn (July 25, 2017). "'Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njokuani' lineup finalized with 14 (!) prelims". mmajunkie.com.
  12. ^ Staff (October 6, 2017). "Featherweight champ Julia Budd headlines Bellator 189 in rematch with Arlene Blencowe". mmajunkie.com.
  13. ^ Steven Marrocco (July 13, 2018). "Bellator 202 results: Chris Honeycutt dominates Leo Leite with trio of 30-25 scores". mmajunkie.com.