BREAKING: Kevin Holland to Return to UFC Action in a Quick Turnaround After ‘No Contest’ Result at UFC Fight Night

Published 10/05/2021, 10:30 PM EDT


The UFC has wasted no time in getting Kevin Holland his fourth fight of 2021. Holland earned a reputation for being an extremely active fighter last year when he set a record for the most middleweight appearances in a calendar year (5). ‘Trailblazer’ has maintained the same activity level this year. 

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‘Trailbalzer’ recently took on Kyle Daukaus in a middleweight fight at UFC Vegas 38. However, the fight did not end as Holland would have hoped. In the very first round itself, Daukaus and Holland clashed heads, which knocked out Holland for a brief period. As soon as he was back to his senses, he was fighting off a rear-naked choke attempt from Daukaus. 

 

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Daukaus eventually sunk in the rear-naked choke. However, the referee and the judge’s cage side adjudicated the bout a no-contest on the basis of the headbutt, which played a pivotal role in the way the fight ended. The UFC has therefore booked a rematch between the two for November 13th, per Brett Okamoto. 

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2021 has not been a good year for Kevin Holland in the UFC. He has fought thrice and has yet to win a fight this year. The likes of Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson exposed a gaping hole in Holland’s game. 

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Both Vettori and Brunson used their wrestling effectively to which Holland had no answer. Hence, ‘Trailblazer’ had spent the majority of his time leading up to the fight against Daukaus in ‘Hendrickestan’ where he worked on his wrestling under the able guidance of Johny Hendricks. 

In the fight against Daukaus, for as long as it lasted, Holland displayed much better wrestling defense. However, he will have to improve a lot more on that in the rematch if he wants to secure a win. 

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Daukaus averages 1.88 takedowns per 15 minutes and 1.9 submission attempts in the same time frame. He has secured 80% of his wins via submission and is a real threat on the ground. Hence, Holland will have his work cut out next month. 

Who do you think takes the win in the rematch? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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