UFC on ESPN 9 Suffers a Major Blow as Fighter Suffers an Undisclosed Injury

Published 05/26/2020, 2:04 PM EDT

Kevin Holland was attempting to make a quick turnaround after his win over Anthony Hernandez. Holland had just won his fight scheduled on May 16th. However, his attempts to return to the Octagon this weekend have been squashed.

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According to media reports, Holland has suffered an undisclosed injury. He was scheduled to fight Daniel Rodriguez this weekend. The news was first reported by MMA Junkie. The UFC has not yet released an unofficial statement. There is a possibility that the organization is actively looking for a replacement for Rodriguez.

The 27-year-old Holland was looking to make good use of a quick victory earlier this month. He had earned a quick victory via a technical knockout in the very first round against Hernandez at UFC on ESPN 8. However, the latest injury has derailed his plans for the weekend.

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Kevin Holland releases a statement following his injury

Holland released a statement on Instagram after the news broke out. He was a bit down because he thought he has disappointed his fans. However, he still expressed hope for a quick return to the Octagon.

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“Sorry to everyone who was looking forward to the scrap,” Holland wrote on his IG story. “I’ve done this rehab before and I hope to run through it as I did the last time. We will be back. First thing’s first, getting back healthy.”

A Dana White Contender Series product, Holland was initially expected to fight Jack Marshman on March 21, 2020. The UFC scrapped the event because of the outbreak of Covid-19. Holland instead ended up fighting Hernandez. His upcoming fight against Rodriguez would have served as his Welterweight debut. Kevin’s injury also implies that Daniel Rodriguez is left in limbo.

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Rodriguez is also riding a seven-fight win streak in his professional career. “D-Rod” is also a Dana White Contender Series prospect who made his UFC debut last year in July against Rico Farrington. He accepted a short-notice fight against Tim Means and came out on top earlier this year in February.

Tyron Woodley vs Gilbert Burns will headline UFC on ESPN 9 this weekend. In all likelihood, the event will take place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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