Kevin Holland hopes to get yet one more struggle in earlier than the tip of the 12 months to bounce again from a busy UFC 279 struggle week.
Within the co-main occasion of the pay-per-view occasion at T-Cellular Area, Holland (23-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) confronted an aggressive undefeated grappler in Khamzat Chimaev. It was not Holland’s unique matchup, as he entered struggle week getting ready for a contest towards Daniel Rodriguez in a 180-pound catchweight bout that got here collectively two weeks previous to the occasion.
After Chimaev missed weight for his originally-scheduled bout towards Nate Diaz, the promotion shuffled matchups and ended up with Chimaev vs. Holland within the co-feature.
Chimaev dominated and finished the fight in the first round by D’arce choke submission. Whatever the end result, Holland is able to transfer on and step into the cage yet one more time to shut out his 2022 marketing campaign, ideally towards Rodriguez, or a brand new opponent in former title challenger Stephen Thompson.
“I misplaced an incredible grappling match final evening – I imply struggle, my unhealthy,” Holland stated in an Instagram video. “Chimaev is one hell of an athlete. I’m nonetheless gonna be speaking sh*t, as a result of you understand who I’m.”
“Hate ending the 12 months like this,” Holland continued. “So, would like to go in there towards a striker. I don’t know if I’m nonetheless deserving of a ‘Wonderboy’ struggle, however would love a ‘Wonderboy’ struggle. If not a ‘Wonderboy’ struggle, ‘D-Rod,’ we had been all the best way on activity to getting it achieved. We needed to change it as much as save the cardboard. So, perhaps we will get one thing good and get it going, and accumulate one other verify earlier than the tip of the 12 months. My man.”
Holland entered UFC 279 on the heels of back-to-back wins. He defeated Alex Oliveira at UFC 272, and adopted up with a second-round D’arce choke over Tim Means at UFC on ESPN 37.
If he will get his want, Holland will enter his fourth struggle in a calendar 12 months, second to his 2020 run which noticed him compete 5 occasions.
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