Kevin Holland Offers to Step Up on Short Notice After Edwards vs Chimaev Gets Canceled

Published 12/29/2020, 1:59 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: Kevin Holland prepares to fight Charlie Ontiveros in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Kevin Holland made a name for himself after winning five fights in 2020. However, he has bigger plans for 2021 as he wants to better his own record. To achieve the same, he is looking to start early from January itself. Holland has offered to fly over to Fight Island since the main event fight between Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards has fallen through.

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Edwards and Chimaev were supposed to headline the second card of 2021 on January 20. However, Chimaev will not be fighting anymore. The reasons behind the same are not yet known. This was the second instance when the fight between the two welterweights has fallen through. Earlier it was due to Edwards testing positive for COVID-19 and so the two couldn’t fight in December.

Holland has never been shy of taking short notice fights in the UFC. As a matter of fact, he made his debut in the UFC on a short notice fight against Thiago Santos. He wants to continue with the same spirit heading into the new year as well.

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Hold up, so am I hearing the #ufcFightIsland hotel has a vacancy and needs a real man to come and do work January 20th? #callbigmouth,” Holland wrote on Twitter.

Kevin Holland offers a catchweight bout to Leon Edwards

The major issue that hinders Holland from fighting Edwards is that the former fights at middleweight while the latter is a welterweight. The initial plan that Holland has in mind was a middleweight fight against Derek Brunson to headline the January 20 card.

While replying to a comment on an Instagram post by MMA Fighting, Holland revealed that he was open to fighting Edwards in a catchweight bout. However, given Dana White’s reluctance for catchweight fights, it is highly unlikely the same will happen.

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A fight with Brunson, if the latter is willing to accept, makes much more sense for both of them. The two went back-and-forth on Twitter a few days back. Holland claimed that he found Brunson’s striking ‘funny’. He even proposed January 30 as a potential date for a fight with him.

If Brunson is ready to throw down in January, it should make up for a fun fight. However, that would also mean that Edwards will have to wait longer for his UFC return.

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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