Kevin Holland will have a new opponent this weekend at UFC Vegas 12. The fighter was originally set to face Makhmud Muradov in what many had singled out as a potentially great match up. However, Muradov had to be withdrawn from the card as he took to social media t reveal that he had fallen prey to the coronavirus.
Holland will now take on Charlie Ontiveros, who will be making his UFC debut. Kevin Holland is on a three-fight win streak and has a UFC record of 6-2 since being signed from Dana White’s Contender Series.
Holland in fact stepped into this fight on two weeks’ notice himself. Muradov was originally scheduled to fight Krzysztof Jotko who pulled out due to an injury.
“I take what they give me,” Holland told MMA Junkie. “I’m trying to be a real company man, so if they give me something, I try and take it.”
“Actually, they tried to offer me full camps and, for some reason, I guess we were in the process of seeing how healthy we truly were, getting looked at and stuff like that and they booked those people against somebody else, so I missed out on those, so here I am back at it.”
‘Trailblazer’ will now get an opponent change himself with Ontiveros stepping in.
‘The American Bad Boy’ will make his UFC debut after being signed from Fury Fighting Championship and has a record of 11-6. Ontiveros has competed in LFC and Fury FC. Furthermore, he has fought once at Bellator against Michael “Venom” Page.
Holland is on a hot streak, having fought thrice so far in 2020, and will look to claim his third finish in 2020.
Currently, 19-5 as a professional, Holland’s most notable wins are against Joaquin Buckley and Anthony Hernandez. He is a top prospect in the promotion, and Ontiveros will face an uphill battle in his UFC debut. ‘The American Bad Boy’ is on a two-fight win streak himself, but stepping in at short notice may have a few pitfalls.
After back-to-back KOs, Holland won a unanimous decision over Darren Stewart and will now look to go 4-0 in 2020. The card is headlined by a huge middleweight fight between the legend Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall.
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