Kevin Holland Says He Will Take Lessons From Daniel Cormier After Marvin Vettori Loss

Published 04/11/2021, 9:24 AM EDT
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)


Kevin Holland lost his fight against Marvin Vettori via decision. This loss makes it two in a row for the middleweight fighter.

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Holland had earlier faced Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night on March 21, and he lost via decision in that bout as well. With two losses in a row, people are speculating what the future holds for Holland.

Before the fight against Vettori, Holland seemed pretty confident going in. He had said that in this fight, he would channel the ‘Trailblazer’ side of him, not ‘Big Mouth’. This fight was very important for Holland and his coach, as they both had something to prove.

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While his opponent Vettori has moved ahead and has called out Israel Adesanya, what will ‘Trailblazer’ do? He is out of the title picture for now and doesn’t seem like he is going to get any big match soon.

An unfortunate loss for Kevin Holland

Holland was not bad in his fight against Vettori– the only thing against him was that he was against a guy who just set a division record with 11 takedowns in 17 attempts. In a 25 minute fight, Holland had a control time for 3 seconds to Vettori’s 20:01.

During the post match press conference, Holland talked about the fight and discussed his plans. “I fought 7 times since the pandemic, I’m gonna go and spend some time with the kids, you know what I mean? And then we’ll get back to it. You know, it’s nothing to a sniper, sometimes we miss the shot, sometimes we land the shot.”

‘Trailblazer’ knows what he has to work upon

Kevin Holland is clear about what happened in the fight and what he needs to work on. “I’m not the only one who lost tonight. But I’m the only one who did five rounds and got finished in neither one against elite-level guys each time.

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“I honestly don’t know, you know, go spend some time with DC for sure work on some of that wrestling thing. Go work on wrestling, you know, learn how to stop some of these takedowns.” 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Daniel Cormier poses on the scale during the UFC 230 weigh-in inside Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Holland is a great fighter and many people see great potential in him. Almost everyone, including Cormier, believes that he just needs to work on defending takedowns and a bit on his wrestling.

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Holland is ready to spend some time with his family now and has talked about going for help from Cormier. He wants to work on his wrestling and when he does, it would be great to see Holland compete.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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