UFC Middleweight Kevin Holland Predicts ‘Knockout of the Century’ Against Veteran Derek Brunson

Published 01/10/2021, 6:01 AM EST
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)


UFC middleweight Kevin Holland spoke to Nolan King from MMA Junkie two months out from his main event contest. The ‘2020 Fighter of the Year’ contender will take on veteran Derek Brunson in March in his first headlining feature. This is a huge step-up for Holland, who was a relatively unknown player at 185-pounds before making a streaking run.

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‘The Trailblazer’ accrued 5 straight wins in just 7 months of 2020 and became one of the most popular fighters. Going 5-0 in a calendar year is a rare feat done by only two other fighters in the modern era of the company. His ‘anytime-anywhere-anyone’ mentality has made fans gravitate towards him and he’s amassed a significant fanbase by virtue of that.

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Kevin Holland on fighting Derek Brunson

‘Big Mouth’ Holland is certainly living up to his new moniker, as he had some fighting words for Brunson. Holland spoke out his strategy for his first five-round UFC contest and it is clear it involves malicious intent towards Brunson. The middleweight contender left no doubt in people’s minds that he believes he’s superior to his opponent.

“Man, if I can time his favorite combo right, it might not even be five rounds. I’m definitely prepared for five so we’ll see how it goes and I got plenty of time to prepare so I should be more than great.”

“I got a sequence. If I slip his jab, roll his overhand, and hit him with a good hip thrust while he goes for the takedown, I knock him out with my cojones. Boy right there! That would be a knockout. That would be the knockout of the century.”

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While his ‘sequence’ may be over the top, Holland is no stranger to using unorthodox techniques to pull ahead in a contest. His last fight was a sensational KO from the bottom guard that sent former Strike Force champion Jacare Souza to sleep.

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The technique was unseen and used to such potency, and it’s clear Holland possesses some serious punching power. Not to mention, he’s got bad intentions lined up for Brunson as he’s already been dismissive of his skill set.

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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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