Kevin Holland Says He Is Ready to Fight Every Weekend After He Fixes the Holes in His Wrestling

Published 08/09/2021, 12:11 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: Kevin Holland celebrates his KO victory over Jacare Souza of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Kevin Holland has not fought since April 2021. Following two back-to-back losses against the likes of Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson, ‘Trailblazer’ has taken some time off to work on a few elements of his game, namely wrestling. 

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During his time with the UFC, Holland has proved time and time again that he is a legitimate knockout artist. However, in his last two fights, Brunson and Vettori exposed a gaping hole in his game in his wrestling and takedown defense. 

In a recent interview, prior to UFC 265, Holland shared his thoughts on his comeback and also gave an update on his wrestling. He said, “Just make grappling second nature. You know as long as I make that second nature, the schedule when I get back is fully active. Every weekend if you want me.”

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Trailblazer continued, “Once I get going again, I get going again, you know what I mean? We gotta be realistic here. The hole is wrestling right? I fix the wrestling hole, I don’t really see too many gaps. I mean probably putting on some size, but I mean not really. Just get better, and everything else will work itself out. So, I don’t see myself taking too much time off.”

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Kevin Holland takes on Kyle Daukaus on October 2nd 

Kevin Holland takes on a tough test in Kyle Daukaus in his return fight. Daukaus is a submission specialist and has secured a mind-boggling 80% of his wins via submissions. He is also a relentless wrestler and averages 1.75 takedowns per 15 minutes. Holland has used the time away from the sport to work on his wrestling and ground game, which was close to non existent in his last two fights. 

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Holland has trained under the likes of Daniel Cormier and most recently Johny Hendricks, to improve his wrestling. It will be interesting to see the progress Holland has made in that department of his game during his time away from the sport. Will Holland bounce back into the win column? Or will he be dominated on the ground once again? Only time will tell!

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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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