Scott Holtzman

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Scott Holtzman
Born (1983-09-30) September 30, 1983 (age 35)
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Other namesHot Sauce
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)[1]
Reach70 in (178 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofKnoxville, Tennessee, United States
TeamShield Systems / MMA Lab
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ben Harrison[3]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision6
By decision3
Amateur record
By knockout1
By submission3
Other information
UniversityUniversity of Tennessee, Hiwassee College
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Scott Holtzman (born September 30, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2012, he formerly competed for the Xtreme Fighting Championships, where he was the Lightweight Champion.


Holtzman was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and spent his childhood in Fountain City. He attended Central High School, where he played football and baseball. During high school, he also played ice hockey with the Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association.[4] After high school, Holtzman attended Hiwassee College, where he played baseball and earned an associate degree in Business Administration.[1][5] He transferred from Hiwassee to the University of Tennessee, where he played club hockey and earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology.[1] In 2008-09, Holtzman enjoyed a brief stint playing for the Knoxville Ice Bears.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Holtzman began his professional mixed martial arts career in 2009. He compiled an undefeated amateur record of 4-0, with his final match earning him a contract with the Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC).[6] In his professional debut, Holtzman defeated Brandon Demastes by rear-naked choke at XFC16: High Stakes in front of a home crowd in Knoxville, Tennessee. He would decidedly win his next two fights against Matt Metts (XFC 18: Music City Mayhem) and Chris Coggins (XFC 20: High Octane) each in the first round by KO/TKO stoppage respectively.[7]

XFC Lightweight Title[edit]

Holtzman opened up 2013 with a win by unanimous decision against Jason Hicks in a title eliminating match at XFC 22: Crossing The Line.[7] After his match with Hicks, Holtzman was expected to face, then XFC Lightweight champion, Nick Newell for the Lightweight belt. In May 2013, it was reported that Newell had refused to fight Holtzman. According to XFC president, John Prisco, Newell was hoping to face former UFC fighters in order to make his claim to move up into the UFC. Prisco, however, felt that Holtzman had "earned the right" to face Newell for the title.[8] Since Newell refused to fight Holtzman, Prisco stripped Newell of his belt and paired Holtzman against John Mahlow to compete for the vacated Lightweight belt at XFC 24: Collision Course. On June 14, 2013, Holtzman beat Mahlow by TKO (punches) in the second round to win the XFC Lightweight Title.[7]

Holtzman quickly had the opportunity to defend his title at XFC 26: Night of Champions III, where he won by unanimous decision against Roger Carroll.[7] After a hiatus due in part to a lack of reputable opponents and the XFC's focus on their new international partnerships, Holtzman secured a fight outside of the XFC against George Sheppard at the Premier Fighting Championships (PFC) 9: Unstoppable.[9] Holtzman would go on to win by unanimous decision.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On August 14, 2014, Holtzman announced that he had signed a four-fight deal with the UFC.[10]

Holtzman made his promotional debut against Anthony Christodoulou on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73.[7] He won the one-sided fight via submission in the third round.[11]

In his second fight for the promotion, Holtzman faced Drew Dober on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195.[12] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[13]

Holtzman next faced Cody Pfister on July 13, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 91.[14] Holtzman won the fight via unanimous decision.[15]

Holtzman faced Josh Emmett on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22.[16] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[17]

Holtzman next faced Michael McBride April 22, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 108.[18] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Holtzman faced Darrell Horcher on December 9, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 123.[20] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[21]

On January 25, 2018 Holtzman announced that he had signed a new, four-fight deal with UFC.[22]

Holtzman faced Alan Patrick on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.[23] He won the fight via knockout in the third round after dropping Patrick with a punch and eventually finishing the fight with elbows.[24]

Holtzman faced Nik Lentz on February 17, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 1.[25] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[26]

Championships and achievements[edit]

  • 2013 AXS TV Fighter of the Year
  • 2013-2014 XFC Lightweight Champion

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–3 Nik Lentz Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez February 17, 2019 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 12–2 Alan Patrick KO (elbows) UFC 229 October 6, 2018 3 3:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–2 Darrell Horcher Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega December 9, 2017 3 5:00 Fresno, California, United States
Win 10–2 Michael McBride Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov April 22, 2017 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 9–2 Josh Emmett Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson December 17, 2016 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 9–1 Cody Pfister Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker July 13, 2016 3 5:00 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Loss 8–1 Drew Dober Decision (unanimous) UFC 195 January 2, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Anthony Christodoulou Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux August 8, 2015 3 2:40 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 7–0 George Sheppard Decision (unanimous) PFC: Premier Fighting Challenge 9 April 5, 2014 3 5:00 Abingdon, Virginia, United States
Win 6–0 Roger Carroll Decision (unanimous) XFC 26 October 18, 2013 5 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Defended the XFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 5–0 John Mahlow TKO (punches) XFC 24 June 14, 2013 2 2:53 Tampa, Florida, United States Won the vacant XFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Jason Hicks Decision (unanimous) XFC 22 February 22, 2013 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 3–0 Chris Coggins TKO (punches) XFC 20 September 28, 2012 1 4:46 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 Matt Metts KO (punches) XFC 18 June 22, 2012 1 4:13 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 1–0 Brandon Demastes Submission (rear-naked choke) XFC 16 February 10, 2012 2 1:44 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States Lightweight debut.


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  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Teixeira vs. Saint Preux". Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  3. ^ Scott Holtzman (@HotSauceHoltzy) (August 27, 2015). ""Received my brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tonight (...)"". Twitter. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Link, Dave (August 19, 2014). "Scott Holtzman's deal with UFC 'huge'". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Fleser, Dan. "Knoxville's Scott 'Hot Sauce' Holtzman spices up XFC by winning lightweight belt". Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  6. ^ Thomas, Gary (August 14, 2014). "Undefeated Scott 'Hot Sauce' Holtzman signs with UFC". Retrieved August 15, 2015.
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  8. ^ Pishna, Ken (May 10, 2013). "XFC STRIPS NICK NEWELL OF LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP; NEW XFC 24 HEADLINER ON TAP". MMA Weekly. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  9. ^ Stamey, Randy (March 18, 2014). "VERSUS: Scott Holtzman vs. George Sheppard". MMA Insider. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  10. ^ Link, Dave (August 19, 2014). "Scott Holtzman's deal with UFC 'huge'". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  11. ^ Marrocco, Steven (August 8, 2015). "UFC Fight Night 73 results: Scott Holtzman dominates, taps Anthony Christodoulou". MMA Junkie. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  12. ^ Staff (December 4, 2015). "Scott Holtzman replaces Erik Koch at UFC 195". Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  13. ^ Ben Fowlkes (January 2, 2016). "UFC 195 results: Drew Dober bloodies up Scott Holtzman in unanimous decision upset". Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  14. ^ Staff (April 21, 2016). "UFC Fight Night 91 gets Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister". Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  15. ^ Ben Fowlkes (July 13, 2016). "UFC Fight Night 91 results: Scott Holtzman outstrikes, outworks Cody Pfister for unanimous decision". Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  16. ^ Staff (October 18, 2016). "Two fights added to UFC on FOX 22". Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  17. ^ Bren Brookhouse (December 17, 2016). "UFC on FOX 22 results: Josh Emmett battles way to decision win over game Scott Holtzman". Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  18. ^ David McKinney (March 15, 2017). "Card set for UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville, including OSP, Ortiz, "Hot Sauce"". Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  19. ^ Steven Marrocco (April 22, 2017). "UFC Fight Night 108 results: No finish, but Scott Holtzman batters Michael McBride for easy win". Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  20. ^ Mike Bohn (September 25, 2017). "Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher first bout added to UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno". Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  21. ^ "UFC Fight Night 123 results: Scott Holtzman dominates Darrell Horcher en route to unanimous decision". MMAjunkie. December 10, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  22. ^ Marc Raimondi (January 25, 2018). "Scott Holtzman signs four-fight extension with UFC".
  23. ^ Staff (August 15, 2018). "Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick added to UFC 229 in Las Vegas". Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  24. ^ "UFC 229 play-by-play and live results". MMAjunkie. October 6, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  25. ^ Marcel Dorff (December 13, 2018). "Scott Holtzman meets Nik Lentz during UFC on ESPN 1 in Phoenix". (in Dutch). Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  26. ^ "UFC on ESPN 1 results: Nik Lentz grind tops Scott Holtzman in gutsy battle". MMAjunkie. 2019-02-18. Retrieved 2019-02-18.

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