UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker- Kevin Holland vs Kyle Daukaus: Prediction and Analysis

Published 10/01/2021, 11:09 AM EDT
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)


UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker will feature a middleweight clash between Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus go down in the middleweight division of the UFC. ‘Trailblazer’ is finally back and will look to put on a show for the fans yet again against a dangerous opponent in Daukaus.

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Holland is currently on a 2-fight skid. A decision loss to Derek Brunson ended his phenomenal 5-fight win streak. He then lost yet another decision against Marvin Vettori. The common thing in both of these fights has been Holland’s weakness in his takedown defense, and both his opponents made the most of it.

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Daukaus, on the other hand, has won 3 out of his last 5 fights. He last lost a decision against Phil Hawes in May. Much like Holland, he is a former alumnus of the Dana White’s Contender Series show.

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 has a professional record of 21-7 with 17 finishes. 12 T/KO and 5 submissions comprise those stats for him. Daukaus’s record stands at 10-2. The 28-year-old has 8 submission wins on his resume.

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Daukaus is certainly a great submission specialist, while Holland has been submitted in his UFC career before. That might be a case of concern. But, Holland has since been working on his ground game. It will be interesting to see his progress as a grappler as well.

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)

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Holland is a very good striker. He has an unorthodox approach and is more than capable of folding opponents with his right hand. Also, considering his experience, he might just be able to do that and earn a T/KO finish in his favor against Kyle Daukaus this weekend.

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Final Prediction: Kevin ‘Trailblazer‘ Holland by T/KO.

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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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