UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs Holland- Marvin Vettori vs Kevin Holland: Prediction and Analysis

Published 04/09/2021, 1:21 PM EDT


Kevin Holland stepped in on short notice to fight Marvin Vettori in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs Holland. ‘The Italian Dream’ was originally scheduled to face Darren Till. But a broken collarbone injury forced ‘The Gorilla’ to withdraw from the bout. ‘Trailblazer’ took up the opportunity as he looks to bounce back from his disappointing outing against Derek Brunson recently.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

As for Vettori, he looks charged up and ready to go. Stylistically, the fight makes for a great spectacle. Moreover, there can be a few surprises in store for the fans, as Vettori has a stiff striking arsenal combined with respectable grappling.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Marvin Vettori of Italy punches Jack Hermansson of Sweden in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Holland has a unique style and is very unpredictable in his striking game. He has good jiu-jitsu skills as well. But his takedown defense is an area where he would like to improve as seen in his last fight. Vettori might look to test Holland’s grappling and force the contest to the mat.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland in numbers

Vettori is currently on a 4-fight winning streak in the UFC’s middleweight division. The 27-year-old has a professional record of 16-4-1. Vettori has finished 11 of his fights. He has 9 submissions and 2 T/KO wins under his resume. Israel Adesanya is the last fighter to hand ‘The Italian Dream’ a defeat. He defeated top contender Jack Hermansson in his last fight.

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 got his 5-fight winning streak snapped by Brunson in March. He has a record of 21-6 with 17 finishes in total. 12 T/KO and 5 submission wins accumulate those numbers. He has been submitted twice in his career but has never been stopped by strikes.

His last setback against Brunson might bring the best out of Holland. Both fighters should have their moments in the fight. Vettori should dominate the early proceedings as he usually comes out fires up. However, Holland’s diverse striking might cause some problems as the fight progresses. Vettori is very tough, and he never been finished as a professional is a testament to that.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Holland will want to avoid the same mistakes he made last time against Brunson. ‘Trailblazer’ should be more active and eventually grind out a decision in his favor in a back-and-forth contest.

Final Prediction: Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland by decision.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Trending Stories

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Apratim Banerjee

1014 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT