After it was announced that Darren Till is out of his fight with Marvin Vettori this UFC Fight Night, the enigmatic Kevin Holland will step in just three weeks after his defeat to the hands of Derek Brunson in what was his first five-round bout.
The "Trailblazer" took home an extraordinary amount of individual awards and accolades in 2020 and has been one of the most talked-about fighters of recent times as a result. Holland bagged the Fighter of the Year from three separate MMA news organisations, the Breakthrough Fighter of the Year for three other news outlets, three Performance of the Night awards from the UFC, whilst also taking the mantle of the most wins in a calendar year (5) for a UFC middleweight, which also tied him with the overall record alongside Neil Magny and Roger Huerta.
Holland, however, really let himself down in his recent bout with Brunson, at a time where it seemed as if he was just one fight away from potentially setting up a championship bout with Israel Adesanya. Holland lost over five rounds and with his constant talking throughout the fight and little action, it seems as if the American has lost a considerable amount of fans and backing as he fights for UFC gold.
As a result of his bizarre showing - in which Dana White believes the fighter "had a mental breakdown" - Holland is now the underdog at a price of 11/4 against Vettori. However, he remains 9/2 to win via knockout, and given his showing over five rounds last time out, this is his most likely outcome in this bout.
The 28-year-old is approaching his sixth fight in 13 months, and within this time, he has claimed four TKO/KOs over the likes of Ronaldo Souza, Joaquim Buckley and Anthony Hernandez, with his KO over Souza even being one of the knockouts of the year in the eyes of many.
If Holland can continue his form shown prior to the Brunson bout, then he can knock Vettori out. If not, the submission specialist will happily take him into the deeper waters and win over five rounds, just like he did against Jack Hermansson last time out.