Kevin Holland Offers to Take on Donald Cerrone on Short Notice After Diego Sanchez Pulls Out

Published 04/29/2021, 2:22 AM EDT
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)


Kevin Holland took to social media and offered to step in on short notice to take on Donald Cerrone. ‘Cowboy’ was gearing up to take on Diego Sanchez in what was Sanchez’s last fight with the organization. However, ‘The Nightmare’ has pulled out of the contest and Holland has once again offered his services to remain active.

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Holland is the UFC’s go-to man for making good on quick turnarounds. He put forth the idea of a fight against ‘Cowboy’ and offered to scrap at a catchweight of 175-pounds. Given the way the UFC has provided him with his wishes in the past, fans are expecting a booking to take place.

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‘The Trailblazer’ has made it a sort of trend to take fights on short notice, and more often than not, the UFC has taken him up on his offers. His last outing was a late replacement fight against Marvin Vettori that took place at the start of April. Holland subbed in for Darren Till, who broke his collarbone and was forced out of his five-round fight.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Kevin Holland poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Stylistically, taking on Donald Cerrone on short notice would be far more ideal as compared to his recent fights. Kevin Holland has gone toe-to-toe against some credentialed ground fighters as of late, and it hasn’t worked out well. Cerrone will probably look to engage in a stand-up war that will play right into Kevin Holland’s wheelhouse.

Can ‘The Trailblazer’ get back on track?

Kevin Holland was out-grappled in an absolute shut-out against Vettori not too long ago. His recent setback made him reassess his intentions at middleweight, and he considered a long lay-off. However, he seems to have backtracked as fans believe he will pursue the title of the most active fighter in UFC history.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 10: (R-L) Marvin Vettori of Italy takes down Kevin Holland in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

It’s unclear if Donald Cerrone will take up a fight against Holland, especially after looking at the way his stand-up has looked. Also, ‘Trailblazer’ has likely got the strength advantage over Cerrone. Hence, if ‘Cowboy’ opts to clinch, he will be at a disadvantage. However, ‘Cowboy’ has never been one to pick and choose his opponent and will be keen to give fans an exciting war.

Do you see the UFC booking Kevin Holland vs Donald Cerrone?

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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