Kevin Holland Addresses Jack Hermanson Situation – Unconcerned About Missed Opportunity

Published 12/08/2020, 12:12 AM EST


Kevin Holland is set to take on Jacare Souza at the main card of UFC Fight Night. This bout will take place at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada on December 12.  ‘The Trailblazer’ Holland will make his fifth Octagon appearance this year and would be keen to book a spot in top-15 middleweights post this win. Of late, he interacted with Submission Radio on his Saturday night battle, his pullout from Jack Hermansson fight, and more.

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Denis Shkuratov asked Holland about similarities between Jacare Souza and Jack Hermansson as opponents, to which the ‘Trailblazer’ responded:

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Yeah, it’s just you know similarities in the grappling, different in the striking. Overall, they are two totally different men from two totally different ponds, two different places in the world, so we will see December 12. You know what I mean, he’s an alligator and I’m the alligator catcher, that’s all it is. You know what I mean?

“Jack Hermansson is in the past, he just fought, let that man rest so we’re gonna let his name rest for a little bit. He had a long night.

“Now it’s time for me to go have a fun night whether it’s long or not that’s well up to Jacare, but it’s time to go have a fun night. So you know just ready to go eat.”

Initially, Holland was supposed to take on Jack Hermansson on December 6 at UFC Fight Night. But a COVID-19 positive test moved him out of this fight. ‘The Trailblazer’ seemed unimpressed on re-booking a fight with the Sweden Mixed Martial Artist. But if he had fought Hermansson and grabbed a win, Holland might have made it up to the top-10 of the middleweights.

Should the UFC re-book Kevin Holland vs Jack Hermansson?

Marvin Vettori dominated Jack Hermansson for a unanimous decision win on December 6, Saturday. Many of the fans presumed Hermansson to win and move up for a title shot, but he seems to suffer a major roadblock now. Hermansson was firstly booked against Darren Till, who was later injured and pulled out of the fight. The UFC then brought in Kevin Holland at his place to compete against Hermansson, but the ‘Trailblazer’ too moved out of the fight after testing COVID-19 positive.

Kevin Holland is currently an unranked middleweight with a 20-5 MMA record. He has already 4 wins this year and will step into the Octagon for claiming his 5th in a row. As of now, Jack Hermansson ranks 4th in the middleweight division but is anticipated to go down after his astonishing loss to Vettori.

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‘The Trailblazer’ is a rugged opponent who’s considered the brightest fighter in the middleweight contention. Though unranked, he can unquestionably give Hermansson a resolute fight and put on a show for the UFC fans. This fight can shape up Holland’s UFC run, thus giving him a spot in top-15 middleweights.

If Holland gets past Souza this weekend, the UFC should consider re-booking this electrifying bout in early 2021.

Should Kevin Holland fight Jack Hermansson or a lower-ranked opponent for now? Will this fight turn into an upset for Jack Hermansson?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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