Kevin Holland Ready to Fight ‘Bums’ to Prove Himself

Published 03/20/2021, 8:52 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 will fight Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Holland. It is arguably the biggest fight of Holand’s career so far as a win will catapult him to the title conversation in the middleweight division. However, ‘Trailblazer’ is not too worried about those facts.

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Holland is only concentrating on proving to the fans and to the people that his grind is real. And a win over Brunson will certainly establish that point. ‘Trailblazer’ is not even worried about the rankings too as he will fight whoever the UFC finds suitable for him next.

I will do whatever it takes to continue to fight you know whether it’s going up going down, going side going around, I don’t care. I will continue to fight. And all the people worried about rankings and stuff like that will take the number away from my name and just let me fight bums again. I don’t care,” said Holland.

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I don’t care. I just wanna fight. The grind is real. Let’s just put it that way. The grind is real. I beat Derek Brunson and they all know the grind is real. I’m coming for you. And I mean, it’s like it’s a history you beat Derek Brunson. You go off and you get a belt,” he added.

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)

Holland’s mentality has to be appreciated as he has risen through the rankings fighting all comers. And he isn’t necessarily worried about who is next for him, even after reaching the upper echelon of the 185 lbs division.

Kevin Holland reveals the game plan to beat Israel Adesanya

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‘Trailblazer’ also previewed a fight between him and the middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya. ‘The Last Stylebender‘ recently lost his undefeated record in MMA at UFC 259. Many believe Jan Blachowicz showed fighters the game plan to beat Izzy, and it’s to wrestle him.

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)

Holland acknowledges that it’s a way to trouble ‘Stylebender’. However, he has his own ideas, and that is to punch the champion in the face. Despite trying, not many have been successful in doing that yet. However, with someone like Holland, nothing can be ruled out as off the charts as his dynamic character is quite unmatched in the UFC.

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Can Holland get past Brunson this weekend? Let us know your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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