Calgary, Alberta’s Chad Anheliger earns 1st UFC win, knocks out Jesse Strader in Enterprise, Nevada


Chad “The Monster” Anheliger, 35, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada was one of the winners at the Ultimate Fighting Championship event “UFC Fight Night 201,” also known as “UFC on ESPN+ 59” or “UFC Vegas 48.” It was his first victory in the mixed martial arts promotion based in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Featuring 12 MMA bouts, “UFC Vegas 48” was held at UFC Apex in Enterprise, Las Vegas Valley, Clark County, Nevada on February 19, 2022. In the third bout of the evening, Anheliger fought Jesse “Sui Generis” Strader, 30, of Lancaster, California, USA in the bantamweight division.

Referee Herb Dean stopped the bantamweight contest after 3 minutes and 33 seconds. Anheliger was declared the winner via technical knockout via punches.

The victory improved Anheliger’s professional MMA record to 12 wins and 5 losses. On the other hand, Strader now has 5 wins and 3 losses.


“UFC Vegas 48” marked Anheliger’s UFC debut. He earned his UFC contract after beating Muin “Tajik” Gafurov, 26, of Tajikistan via split decision at “Dana White’s Contender Series” Season 5 episode 2 on September 7, 2021 at the UFC Apex.

When Anheliger made his professional MMA debut on December 10, 2010, he lost to Mitchell “Malicious” MacPhee, 34, of Calgary. Before joining the UFC, Anheliger fought in Hard Knocks Fighting, Modern Fighting Championship and Rise Fighting Championship, among others.


Born and raised in Consort, Alberta, Anheliger is currently based in Calgary and is training out of Champion’s Creed MMA in Calgary where he also teaches. He is 5’6″ tall and a brown belt in jiu-jitsu.

Aside from being an MMA fighter, Anheliger is also a longtime mechanic with journeyman certificates in motorcycle mechanics and in marine mechanics. He works as a boat service manager at a Bass Pro Shops outlet.

Currently riding a 10-bout winning streak, Anheliger has been undefeated since May 28, 2016. The last time he lost an MMA fight was on June 13, 2014.

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