Derek Brunson Says Kevin Holland is Trying to Get Suspended by USADA

Published 01/03/2021, 12:29 PM EST


Derek Brunson and Kevin Holland are going back and forth at each other on social media for a while. The two top middleweights have a beef between them. Now, the UFC has given them the perfect opportunity to settle it down.

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The duo will face each other in the main event of a UFC card on March 20. It was reported by ESPN MMA earlier. Considering the recent run both fighters are in, this promises to be a peach of a contest.

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Brunson accused Holland of trying to get out of the proposed contest as ‘Trailblazer’ has posted some videos about him smoking weed during off time, recently. Derek Brunson believes this is Holland playing tricks to get busted by USADA so he can avoid the fight.

Brunson defeated young prospect Edmen Shahbazyan in his last outing, back in August. Holland, on the other hand, is on a roll recently. He was 5-0 in 2020. ‘Trailblazer’ knocked out ‘Jacare’ Souza in a sensational manner in his last bout.

Holland is a unique character inside and outside the Octagon. His trash-talking aspect is quite unmatched. He doesn’t even stay quiet while fighting. So, he has started coming at Brunson with all guns blazing on social media recently.

The clash promises to be a thriller with both fighters matching up great stylistically. How Holland handles a seasoned veteran like Brunson remains to be seen. If he can repeat anything like his performance against Souza, it will be tough for the UFC to keep him out of title contention for much longer.

Kevin Holland is as versatile as they come

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Holland has great striking skills, as that is his primary strength. He has 11 TKO wins so far. But his submission game is not something to sleep on. He already has 6 career wins by submission. Also, he is a jiu-jitsu practitioner under the famous Travis Lutter.

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 04: Kevin Holland prepares to fight Thiago Santos of Brazil in their middleweight fight during the UFC 227 event inside Staples Center on August 4, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Brunson will have to be ready in all areas before he faces a hungry fighter like Holland, who is in red-hot form at the moment. A win for ‘Trailblazer’ will leapfrog in the division’s standing without any doubt.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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