Scott Holtzman hopes he elbowed his way into top 20 at UFC 229

LAS VEGAS – Scott Holtzman had a few immediate concerns after his UFC 229 knockout win over Alan Patrick.

For starters, Holtzman (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was concerned for Patrick (15-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), given how brutal his third-round KO was courtesy of his elbows. Then he had to worry about his own health – with a potential broken hand and a foot issue.

But when the dust settles, Holtzman hopes he might be a new entrant into the UFC’s top 20 lightweights – and that it means opponents at the next level.

“I don’t think any of my other wins, I’ve shown my full potential,” Holtzman said. “I think this win, we’ve started to show some of my full potential, how I fight in the gym, how I can put it all together … I belong up here with the best guys in the world. I think Alan and I were both on the fringe of breaking into the top 20, so I think this is a good argument for a good top-20 opponent for me. That’s what I want.”

UFC 229 took place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

To hear more from Holtzman about his brutal knockout win over Patrick, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 229, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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