Marcin Held has had a solid career fighting among numerous leagues in his 13-year professional career. However, there is one league in particular that he wants another shot at.
Previously, Held had been a great contender at lightweight in Bellator and was looking to make the move to the UFC. Once he set foot in the octagon, he was faced with some top talent and eventually went 1-3.
Then, Held went on to ACA (ACB at the time) and was looking to get back into the UFC to redeem himself. Since that time, he has also fought for the PFL.
Held’s History in the UFC
Held definitely wants to redeem himself after going 1-3. In fact, he dropped his first three bouts under the UFC promotion.
Finally, in his last battle, he landed his first UFC victory against Nasrat Haqparast back in October 2017. In that battle, he was able to deliver a unanimous decision.
Overall, Held struggled in UFC play after putting up solid wins in Bellator. Some argued that he took a big step in competitive battles when he joined the UFC.
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As a fighter, you are always up to the challenge, so naturally, you would not decline an offer from the UFC. But, Held quickly struggled and put up poor numbers.
He averaged 1.41 significant strikes a minute and absorbed 2.02. You can see his decline right off the bat, as he typically took on more strikes than what he put out.
However, he was solid on the ground when he was able to get his opponents there. Held was able to average 2.46 takedowns per 15 minutes.
Events Leading up to His Potential UFC Return
Since his last battle against Haqparast in the UFC, Held has gone 5-0 in his professional fights. Two of these battles were first-round submission finishes.
In his most recent battle, he joined the PFL and took on a top competitor in Natan Schulte. He was able to win by unanimous decision and took care of a quality fighter.
Held is now at the top of the competition after his stunning victory over Schulte, who happens to be a two-time champ. After looking over his resume, you can see that he always takes on some of the toughest fighters who have respectable resumes.
Will Held Get the Call?
The UFC has stated in the past that they would not mind having Held back. The issue, at the time, was that the UFC had a full roster of lightweight fighters.
This is still the case to some degree because there have not been many changes since he left. However, fighters come and go all the time, and you never know.
Most likely, the UFC will be calling him or at least having him as a backup at some point. Held arguably deserves redemption in the UFC after his recent performances. In addition, he still has some damage left to do in the PFL for the time being.
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