UFC Middleweight Kevin Holland secured an impressive TKO finish over newcomer Joaquin Buckley at Fight Night: Lewis vs Oleinik. The end came in the opening minutes of the third round, in a fight that ‘The TrailBlazer’ largely dominated, via UFC on BT Sport. He is now coming on a two-fight stoppage streak in the shark tank of a division that is Middleweight.
Holland came into the fight with a chip on his shoulder, following a canceled bout in his last outing. The 185-pounder was set to face Trevin Giles on August 1, but the latter fainted moments before the fight. However, the UFC offered the 18-5 fighter an opportunity to make a speedy return to action under the bright lights.
The grizzly middleweight veteran came into his turnaround fight as a sizeable favorite in the eyes of the fans. Not to mention, his opponent had seen mixed success in his previous outings in Bellator and LFA promotions. Expectedly, fight fans wanted the fight to end in a violent finish, given the fighter’s propensity to stand and trade.
The bout played out largely at range, with Holland dictating the pace of the action. He kept a check on his gas tank and ensure his activity going into the final round of the fight. Additionally, Joaquin Buckley was on his bike looking for his patented check left hook counters.
Going into the final round, ‘New Mansa’ began to fade as Holland predictably searched for the finish. He caught Buckley square on the chin and possibly earned himself a Performance of the Night bonus. It is apparent that the UFC debutant, Joaquin Buckley, will have to go back to the drawing board following the violent loss.
Chiefly, the 185-pound weight class is chalked to the brim with game contenders all the way down the rankings. Holland will be keen to secure a high profile opponent as he builds off two straight TKO finishes in the promotion.
Source: UFC on BT Sport Twitter
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