Scott Holtzman
Hot Sauce


Scheduled for August bout
July 3, 2020
Holtzman will fight Beneil Dariush on Aug. 8, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Holtzman has won two straight fights -- both in the last calendar year -- by TKO against Dong Hyun Ma and by unanimous decision against Jim Miller. Dariush is coming off a knee injury he suffered in March, but it doesn't appear the injury was too serious. Regardless, the 31-year-old Dariush rides four straight victories into this bout.
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Takes unanimous decision from Jim Miller
February 15, 2020
Holtzman defeated Jim Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
Holtzman and Miller both were able to land in a very narrow first round. Holtzman defended a Miller takedown and landed a huge uppercut for what was his biggest moment, and continued with effective right-hand counters for the rest of the frame (though Miller did meet him with a heavy left at the end and was ahead in the striking totals). The second round was a back-and-forth affair with Miller registering a takedown, but eventually letting Holtzman up. After a few more violent exchanges, it was Holtzman's turn to get the takedown. Miller's guard held up for a while, but a few big ground-and-pound shots from Holtzman allowed him to secure the second frame and deliver some significant damage. Holtzman looked like the much fresher fighter in a third round he needed to win, but was also likely helped by what appeared to be a Miller knee injury. Between the possible injury and just general altitude-related fatigue, Holtzman started to turn it up and find his range. He took the lead in the striking numbers and survived the late onslaught from the veteran, ultimately winning the fight. The pair will each take home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for their efforts in this back-and-forth affair.
Draws veteran in Rio Rancho
February 10, 2020
Holtzman will take on Jim Miller in a lightweight matchup at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15.
Holtzman has now collected a stoppage victory in two of his last three bouts, picking up wins in three of his last four overall to improve his company record to 6-3. He'll enter as a (-155) betting favorite over Miller, who has won three of his last four bouts himself. Holtzman seems to have the edge on the stat sheet, sporting superior striking volume, offensive wrestling and takedown defense, which likely explains why he's the betting favorite. Both men will be 36 years old on fight night, with relatively equal marks in height and reach.
Continues strong run in Jersey
August 3, 2019
Holtzman defeated Dong Hyun Ma via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 5 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.
In a fight in which he was in total control, Holtzman engaged in a needless, reckless brawl and lived to tell about it. There were a few scary moments along the way, but Holtzman was doing so well on the feet he wagered that Ma would never be able to land enough to stop him and he was correct. A slip up against Nik Lentz in February aside, Holtzman has been excellent of late. Sporting a 4-1 record since April 2017, "Hot Sauce" will receive a step up in competition his next time out.
On the schedule at UFC Newark
June 8, 2019
Holtzman will square off against Dong Hyun Ma at UFC Fight Night on Aug. 3, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
Holtzman is the more decorated of the two fighters, owning a 5-3-0 record in eight UFC bouts. While the veteran gives up two inches in height and one in reach, he carries better all-around stats into the contest, including an advantage in significant strikes landed per 15, strike accuracy, average takedowns per 15, and takedown defense rate. He also avoids taking significant blows more frequently, likely setting him up as the favorite in the fight. Still, the South Korean will likely have more fans in his corner for the fight.
Tries to spam the right hand
February 17, 2019
Holtzman lost to Nik Lentz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.
Holtzman clearly wanted to land hard right hands. He did that early and often in this fight, but Lentz was able to take the decision with a diverse striking assault and some wrestling. Towards the end of each round, Lentz went to his wrestling to ice the rounds. Holtzman did a solid job of keeping the fight standing, but Lentz used the opportunities to take the rounds on the judges cards. Prior to this fight, Holtzman had won three-straight fights in the UFC.