Kevin Holland hopes to get another 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-Cell Enviornment, 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 in opposition to 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 in opposition to 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 consequence, Holland is able to transfer on and step into the cage another time to shut out his 2022 marketing campaign, ideally in opposition to Rodriguez, or a brand new opponent in former title challenger Stephen Thompson.
“I misplaced a tremendous grappling match final night time – I imply struggle, my dangerous,” Holland mentioned in an Instagram video. “Chimaev is one hell of an athlete. I’m nonetheless gonna be speaking sh*t, as a result of you recognize who I’m.”
“Hate ending the 12 months like this,” Holland continued. “So, would like to go in there in opposition to 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 way in which on process to getting it carried out. We needed to swap it as much as save the cardboard. So, perhaps we will get one thing good and get it going, and acquire one other examine 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 instances.
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