Chad Anheliger

The Monster

Canada

Snaps brief losing streak
BantamweightUFC
March 16, 2024
Anheliger defeated Charalampos Grigoriou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Now 37 years of age and almost certainly in line to be released had he lost this fight, Anheliger did just enough to earn the decision over the debuting Grigoriou. Chad had issues defending the takedown, allowing his opponent to land 4-of-5 attempts, but Anheliger really got loose on the feet whenever the two men separated and ended up with more than a 4:1 edge in terms of significant strikes landed (85-21) when all was said and done. While Anheliger is still clearly nearing the end of the line, this victory should result in him getting at least one more fight with the company.
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Filling in for Kazama
BantamweightUFC
January 20, 2024
Anheliger will fight Charalampos Grigoriou at UFC Vegas 88 on March 16, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Anheliger has lost two straight fights since winning his UFC debut. He'll have a chance to get back in the win column against the newcomer Grigoriou, although Anheliger will be at a significant 12.5-inch reach disadvantage.
Taps out to Jose Johnson
BantamweightUFC
November 18, 2023
Anheliger lost to Jose Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:49 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Anheliger was down two rounds on all three scorecards, so he was going to drop a unanimous decision if he didn't tap out with 11 seconds remaining. Chad was simply giving up too much size to Johnson to make any headway on the feet. He did manage to connect on 4-of-8 takedowns for 6:18 worth of control time, but it was seemingly always Johnson who ended up in the more dominant position on the mat. A couple weeks shy of his 37th birthday and with no history of defeating better competition, Anheliger -- who has lost two straight -- will almost certainly be fighting for his job his next time out.
Booked for UFC Vegas 82
BantamweightUFC
September 30, 2023
Anheliger is slated to take on Jose Johnson at UFC Vegas 82 on Nov. 18, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Anheliger is looking to bounce back from his loss to Heili Alateng at UFC 279 last September. The defeat was his first with the company leaving him at 1-1 overall. His opponent, Johnson, is looking for his first win with the company and coming off a loss to Da'Mon Blackshear.
Suffers first UFC defeat
BantamweightUFC
September 10, 2022
Anheliger lost to Heili Alateng via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 279 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It might not seem like much, but Anheliger deserves credit for simply surviving the first round, let alone seeing the final bell. Although he was never knocked down at any point, Chad ate about a half-dozen shots in the opening frame which would have put away any mere mortal. Anheliger actually improved as the bout progressed, but it wasn't enough for him to steal a round, let alone win the fight. A product of Dana White's Contender Series, the soon-to-be 36-year-old Canadian drops to 1-1 in his first couple UFC bouts.
Set to fight at UFC 279
BantamweightUFC
July 5, 2022
Anheliger is set to take on Heili Alateng at UFC 279 on Sept. 10, MMA Empire reports.
ANALYSIS
Anheliger is coming off of a win via TKO over Jesse Strader on Feb. 19, and the Canadian will look to keep his positive momentum going at UFC 279. Anheliger currently boasts a 12-5-0 record in the Bantamweight Division of the UFC.