The UFC’s middleweight division has seen a lot of rising stars in these past few months. One of them is Kevin Holland, who is all set and ready to kick off his 2021 run with a huge bout in March. Ahead of his return, ‘Trailblazer’ had an interview with MMA Junkie. Here, he shared his views on how well he was prepared for 2021 and wants to work his way up the middleweight table to fight the champion.
Upon being asked about his interest in fighting the ‘The Last Stylebender,’ Holland said, “I’m in a weight class, he’s in a different weight class. If I keep winning and he keeps winning, anything can happen. That boy can always get the smoke. Any day of the week, any time of the year.”
“Any weight class lightweight, light heavyweight, middleweight. He can shave his t***y back off and come to middleweight. That would be nice. But we can get The smoke.”
Hence, he sounded pretty confident to take on the 185-pound beast in any weight division.
Holland and ‘Izzy’ have had their beef going on for a while now after it all started at UFC 227. This went on for a while until Holland won over Charlie Ontiveros at UFC Fight Night 181. Post-fight, Holland went on trash-talking to Adesanya who found it very disrespectful and mentioned it to The Schmo after the fight card was over.
After his 5-0 run in 2020, Kevin Holland #10 is looking to climb up the rungs this year and is ready to take on anyone. Should he get past the seventh-ranked Brunson, Adesanya would be at the top of his list.
The current middleweight champ, ‘The Last Stylebender’, has already moved up a weight class to challenge for the light heavyweight belt. Hence, Holland will look to put together a run to be ready for the champion if he drops back to 185 to make a title defense.
A lot will depend on Adesanya’s result at UFC 259 and his desire to return to 185 after having destroyed the likes of Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa. Furthermore, ‘Trailblazer’ would need to secure wins over the aforementioned duo and a few more contenders to be the top-contender.
Hence, a 2021 meeting seems unlikely, as there are a lot of factors that could play spoilsport.
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