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"Uglyman Joe"

Joseph Holmes

Middleweight Division

8-4-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Joseph Holmes

athlete record


Learn more about Joseph Holmes' UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Not Fighting
Place of Birth
Montgomery, United States
Trains at
Glory MMA & Fitness
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Jan. 15, 2022
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2019

  • Lost pro debut, 8-3 since

  • Two wins by KO, six by submission (5 RNC, guillotine)

  • Five first-round finishes

  • Last pre-UFC win was first-round TKO over DWCS vet Jhonoven Pati on November 14, 2021

  • Origin of nickname: “My nickname comes from an idea thought up by me and some of my closest friends when I was in college. We would always show love by talking smack about one another, and calling your best friend “Ugly” was something that would happen often.”

UFC 288 (5/6/23) Holmes was stopped by Claudio Ribeiro via strikes at 3:21 of the second round 

UFC Fight Night (10/29/22) Holmes was submitted by Junyong Park via rear naked choke at 3:04 of the second round 

UFC Fight Night (5/21/22) Holmes submitted Alen Amedovski via rear naked choke at 1:04 of the first round

UFC on ESPN (1/15/22) Holmes lost a three round unanimous decision to Jamie Pickett


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 5

Episode six (10/5/21) Holmes submitted Shonte Barnes via rear naked choke at 2:46 of the second round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in 2014 because I just got back home from college football and needed an outlet for all my energy.

What ranks and titles have you held? I held the AKA (American Kombat Alliance) amateur welterweight title, BJJ brown belt 

What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC is what I was meant to do. This is me proving to myself I can literally put my mind to something and succeed in it no matter what it takes. I gave up everything to start training and fight, and I’ve put my all into it. So to be at this level is something I knew would come but still surprises me, and I’m excited to show what I got. 

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, but no degree; I did not finish school

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? SFS MMA Team Captain

Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke

Favorite striking technique: Jab