Scott Holtzman: I owe ref Mike Beltran a beer after 'choice words' about weird standups

FRESNO, Calif. Scott Holtzman had his reasons to be upset at referee Mike Beltran on Saturday. But in hindsight, the fighter thinks he could have gone about it a different way.Holtzman (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) walked out of UFC Fight Night 123 with a clean sweep on the judges scorecards. Officially, getting the victory meant overcoming Darrel Horcher (13-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), but there was someone else in that cage who didn’t seem to be making things much easier for the lightweight.
It was clear during the bout that Holtzman wasnt very happy with the times Beltran stood up the fighters. And he wasnt alone. Twitter’s choice of words for the standups went anywhere from bizarre to bogus, but the gist of it was pretty much the same.
A sampling:

Holtzman apparently wasnt entirely off-base. But, still, he said he perhaps could have taken a classier route to the whole thing.
I owe Mike a beer, I think, Holtzman said. I gave him the business a couple of times gave him some choice words. You get caught up in the heat of the moment. But, man, hes telling us to work on the ground. Im hitting the guy in the face. I dont know what else he wants us to do.
“If Im dominant, if I can hold him and hit him at the same time. Thats called work to me. Thats called dominating. And then that one time that I stepped into mount, and he already had his mind made up that he was going to stand us up.
“I gave him the business that time and told him he messed up. I told him after the fight too. I shouldnt have said some of that.You dont want to embarrass the referee, and Ill keep some of that stuff between he and I. But I got caught up in the heat of the moment, and I have to apologize to him for that.
It may not have been all smooth sailing, but Holtzman managed. Hes now two fights removed from his last loss, a decision to Josh Emmet at UFC on FOX 22 last December, and he managed to put together his first winning streak since joining the UFC in 2015.
Holtzman has needed the judges’ scorecards in his past five fights wins and losses included. Even his sole finish in the octagon a submission win over Tony Christodoulou in Holtzman’s debut didnt happen until the second half of the final round. So now that hes got some momentum, its time for another goal.
“We need to get some finishes, man, Holtzman said. “Its no secret. Im a smart guy. I know what it takes. So they’re coming, I promise.For Holtzman, a good place to start would be UFC on FOX 27, set for Jan. 27 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.As for possible competition, Holtzman doesnt have any outlandish requests. In fact, hes heard that Charlottes own Jordan Rinaldi, whos 1-1 in the UFC after a submission win in August, needs a dancing partner.
“That’s a home town fight for me, Holtzman said. “If he needs an opponent, lets get in there and throw some leather, baby.
To hear from Holtzman, check out the video above.And for complete coverage ofUFC Fight Night 123, check out theUFC Eventssection of the site.

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