It hasn’t been an easy couple years for Team Alpha Male’s Chris Holdsworth.
Holdsworth seemed to have nothing but sunshine in his future as recently as two years ago, when he followed up his bantamweight victory in The Ultimate Fighter 18 tournament with a win over Chico Camus at UFC 173.
But Holdsworth has struggled since with concussion-related issues and hasn’t fought since. And he admitted on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that adjusting to the idea that he might never fight again has made for a difficult transition.
“I went through this whole depression thing,” Holdsworth said. “I couldn’t accept the fact, I couldn’t understand why it was happening to me, and just everyone constantly asking you when you fighting again. It’s a real sensitive subject. I had to accept that fact, what if I can’t fight again, what if I choose not to? That’s something I had to accept. After I accepted that, I felt so much better just on overall outlook on life and my future.”
However, learning to let go of the things you can’t control can often lead to positive results in life, a lesson Holdsworth has learned. Holdsworth has stepped up to help fill the leadership vacuum at the famed Sacramento gym.
In the wake of the departures of former coaches Duane Ludwig and Martin Kampmann and former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, Holdsworth has moved into a coaching role at the gym, joining a crew of longtime TAM fighters who have stepped up.
“Right now I’m an assistant coach, we have Justin Buchholz, who runs a majority of the pro classes, and myself and Danny Castillo who have stepped up and helped out a lot with that,” Holdsworth said. “I’m running the fighter jiu-jitsu classes, we have three classes a week with the pro guys along with some ….View full article
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