Justin Buchholz

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Justin Buchholz
Born (1983-08-22) August 22, 1983 (age 40)
Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Fighting out ofSacramento, California
RankPurple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2005-2018
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission6
By decision1
By disqualification1
By knockout4
By submission3
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Justin Buchholz (born August 22, 1983) is a Filipino-American former mixed martial arts fighter. A professional from 2005 until 2018, he fought in the UFC, EliteXC and World Series of Fighting.


Buchholz graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2002, where he competed in wrestling.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Buchholz is a former ICON Sport and Showdown Fights lightweight champion. He has also fought in EliteXC and he held an 8–1 record before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

He lost his first UFC fight at UFC Fight Night 12 against Matt Wiman on January 23, 2008. He earned his first victory at UFC 86 against TUF 5 contestant and three-to-one favorite, Corey Hill.

Buchholz was defeated by Terry Etim via D'Arce choke at UFC 99.[1] They traded heavy kicks and punches for the first few minutes of the bout before Buchholz landed a hard right hand which broke Etim's nose.[2] Etim was able to survive the round and landed some hard leg kicks in round two, before hurting Buchholz with multiple knees from the clinch.[2] A scramble ensued before the fight went to the mat and from there Etim was able to lock in a D'Arce choke to finish the fight.[3]

In his next fight, Buchholz faced Jeremy Stephens, where he lost due to a cut in the first round.

Buchholz was defeated by Mac Danzig on February 6, 2010, at UFC 109.[4] He was subsequently released from the UFC.[5]


Buchholz fell to a fourth straight defeat in his first post-UFC fight on February 25, 2011; he lost to Jason Meaders via technical knockout (doctor stoppage) in the first round.

Buchholz picked up a win on April 16, 2011, defeating Steve Sharp by submission (rear naked choke) in the first round.

Buchholz then fought fellow UFC veteran Steve Lopez on May 21, 2011, at SCC: Superior Cage Combat 1. Buchholz won by a kick.

Buchholz defeated Thiago Meller via unanimous decision on August 20, 2011, at SCC: Superior Cage Combat 2.

Buchholz had a rematch with Clay Collard, which he lost by split decision.

On September 20, 2017, Buchholz accepted a short notice fight against Marques Facine at AFC 133 and won via TKO in the first round. Facine fell off the mat and Buchholz started unleashing soccer kicks to the body; his last attempt grazed Facine's head before the referee called for a stoppage. The referee awarded the win to Buchholz; he called the last kick as accidental and it did not decide the outcome of the fight as Facine was defenseless in absorbing the kicks to the body.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Buchholz hosts a bi-weekly MMA podcast, Stud Radio (formerly TAM Radio), and continues to corner fighters. In January 2016 he stepped into the role of Team Alpha Male head coach. He departed the team in January 2018.[8]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Icon Sport
    • Icon Sport Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • Showdown Fights
    • Showdown Fights Lightweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
27 matches 16 wins 11 losses
By knockout 8 4
By submission 6 3
By decision 1 4
By disqualification 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–11 Carlton Minus Decision (unanimous) Alaska Fighting Championship 140 May 16, 2018 3 5:00 Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Win 16–10 Marques Facine TKO (punches and body kicks) Alaska Fighting Championship 133 September 20, 2017 1 2:25 Anchorage, Alaska, United States Catchweight (175 lbs) bout.
Loss 15–10 Ernest Chavez KO (punch) The Warriors Cage 23: Halloween Havoc 5 October 30, 2015 1 3:22 Porterville, California, United States
Loss 15–9 Lewis Gonzalez Decision (split) WSOF 16 December 13, 2014 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Welterweight debut.
Loss 15–8 Clay Collard Decision (split) Showdown Fights: Buchholz vs. Collard 2 September 28, 2013 5 5:00 Orem, Utah, United States Lost the Showdown Fights Lightweight Championship
Win 15–7 Gordon Bell KO (punch) Showdown Fights: Buchholz vs. Bell May 10, 2013 1 2:06 Orem, Utah, United States Defended the Showdown Fights Lightweight Championship
Win 14–7 David Castillo TKO (punches) Showdown Fights: Buchholz vs. Castillo November 16, 2012 3 3:29 Orem, Utah, United States Won the Showdown Fights Lightweight Championship
Win 13–7 Clay Collard Submission (guillotine choke) Showdown Fights - Burkman vs. Yager August 25, 2012 3 1:35 Orem, Utah, United States
Loss 12–7 John Gunderson Submission (kimura) Superior Cage Combat 4 February 16, 2012 3 2:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the SCC Lightweight Championship.
Win 12–6 Thiago Meller Decision (unanimous) Superior Cage Combat 2 August 20, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–6 Steve Lopez KO (front kick) Superior Cage Combat 1 May 21, 2011 3 4:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–6 Steve Sharp Submission (rear naked choke) Showdown Fights: Shootout April 16, 2011 1 3:38 Orem, Utah, United States
Loss 9–6 Jason Meaders TKO (cut) MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 4 February 25, 2011 1 3:00 Riverside, California, United States
Loss 9–5 Mac Danzig Decision (unanimous) UFC 109 February 6, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–4 Jeremy Stephens TKO (cut) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard September 16, 2009 1 3:23 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 9–3 Terry Etim Submission (d'arce choke) UFC 99 June 13, 2009 2 2:38 Cologne, Germany
Win 9–2 Corey Hill Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 86 July 5, 2008 2 3:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–2 Matt Wiman Submission (rear naked choke) UFC Fight Night 12 January 23, 2008 1 2:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–1 Ikaika Choy-Fu TKO (punches) EliteXC: Uprising September 15, 2007 1 1:35 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 7–1 Marshall Harvest KO (punch) Icon Sport: Epic March 31, 2007 1 0:31 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 6–1 Brandon Pieper TKO (punches) Icon Sport: All In February 9, 2007 1 1:07 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 5–1 Arto Woods Submission (triangle choke) ROTR: Beatdown 2 October 21, 2006 1 2:34 Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Win 4–1 Matt Peter KO (punch) Desert Brawl: Bikes, Babes, Brawls June 17, 2006 1 2:50 Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Loss 3–1 Rodney Rhoden TKO (referee stoppage) Alaska Fighting Championship 22 April 12, 2006 1 2:33 Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Win 3–0 Bo Underwood DQ (illegal kick) Alaska Fighting Championship 12 June 8, 2005 1 N/A Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Win 2–0 Jimmy Gainey Submission (triangle choke) Alaska Fighting Championship 9 March 9, 2005 2 N/A Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Win 1–0 Andy Garnand Submission Alaska Fighting Championship 8 February 16, 2005 1 N/A Anchorage, Alaska, United States


  1. ^ http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090613/sports/mma_ufc99[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Rising UFC star Terry Etim in third successive win
  3. ^ UFC: Hardy beats Davis by controversial split decision as all five Brits triumph
  4. ^ "UFC 109 prelims complete with Danzig vs. Buchholz". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
  5. ^ "JUSTIN BUCHHOLZ LATEST FIGHTER RELEASED FROM UFC". mmaweekly.com. Archived from the original on 2010-02-14. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
  6. ^ "Elite coach's short notice fighting return ends with controversial knockout | SportsJOE.ie". SportsJOE.ie. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Team Alpha Male coach Justin Buchholz sends opponent out on stretcher in MMA return". MMAjunkie. 21 September 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Damon Martin (2018-02-28). "Justin Buchholz Confirms Split as Coach at Team Alpha Male". mmaweekly.com.

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