“Beat Means Like He Stole Someone’s Purse” – ‘Batman’ Kevin Holland Sends UFC World Into a Frenzy With 2nd Round Submission at UFC Austin

Published 06/18/2022, 9:31 PM EDT

UFC came to Austin’s Moody Center and put on a Fight Night event headlined by Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett. The co-main event had Kevin Holland continuing his successful welterweight run against the 38-year-old Tim Means.

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Means used his wrestling at the beginning of the bout to put Holland on his back. However, ‘Trailblazer’ let his hand loose on the feet when he got back up from the takedown.

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‘The Dirty Bird’ showed resilience and awareness to take the fight to the ground when he was hurt at the end of the first round. However, the Fit NHB standout had issues with the 29-year-old’s pace, which eventually saw him getting tagged to the ground and submitted afterward via a d’arce choke.

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Holland snapped the Albuquerque athlete’s three-fight win streak. With the loss, the Oklahoma-born athlete fell to a 32-13-1 MMA record.

‘Trailblazer’ improved to a 23-7 MMA record with his second consecutive win in the welterweight division. The Travis Lutter BJJ standout’s performance earned admiration from fight fans who shared their emotions on social platforms.

UFC world reacts to UFC Austin- Holland vs. Means

MMA fans enjoyed ‘Batman’ Kevin Holland, who is becoming somewhat of a cult personality with his social work outside the Octagon. Ahead of the bout, he showed another heroic effort, as he has done in the past when he stopped a shooter at a Houston restaurant.

Holland looked phenomenal on the scale, considering he used to be a staple at middleweight not so long ago. Besides, his wrestling is improving day by day, which is very critical in the welterweight division that is top-heavy with world-class wrestlers.

Who could Kevin Holland face next?

The brash talker is open to competing in either the middleweight or welterweight division. He already had a lot of success at 185, but fell against the top-tier athletes.

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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)

Hollard’s inexperience in wrestling and size caused him issues at 185 lbs. Hence, he moved to the welterweight division. Looking at the past two bouts, it seems to have been a good decision.

For his next bout, a Michel Pereira matchup would be a fun contest.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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