Just one day after COVID-19 deprived us of a UFC main event fight, it has claimed yet another victim. Once again it is one half of the UFC Fight Night main event next week, Kevin Holland, who has tested positive for COVID-19. Consequently, Holland is out of his scheduled fight with Jack Hermansson next weekend.
Ariel Helwani of ESPN first reported the news. This is the second occasion in twenty hours when Helwani has broken such unfortunate news. Yesterday, it was Curtis Blaydes who tested positive for coronavirus.
The UFC is planning to keep Hermansson on the card. They are likely to book him against Marvin Vettori. Vettori was scheduled to fight Jacare Souza on December 12th. If Vettori comes up to fight Hermansson, that will probably leave Jacare in limbo.
Holland also confirmed the news via his social media. He wished for a speedy recovery so he can step inside the Octagon as quickly as possible.
Holland had a highly successful run in the UFC so far in 2020. The unranked but surging UFC middleweight won four fights in that many outings this year. Holland started the year on a high note with a first-round TKO win over Anthony Hernandez in May.
He made a quick return to the Octagon in August against the current highlight sensation Joaquin Buckley. Holland got past Buckley via a third-round technical knockout that earned him a Performance of the Night honors. He extended his win streak for the year with performances against Darren Stewart and Charlie Ontiveros.
Interestingly, he was himself a replacement for an injured Darren Till for the fight against Hermansson. The Swedish had a pretty similar run last year after he racked up wins over David Branch and Jacare Souza. However, Jared Cannonier defeated him to get ahead in the rankings.
Hermansson bounced back from the loss with a quick submission win over Kelvin Gastelum. With a win over the originally planned opponent in Darren Till, Hermansson was eyeing to build another run at the title. Despite multiple changed opponents, the number 4 ranked UFC middleweight will look for a statement win next week.
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