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Kevin Holland Claims “He Stepped in” For Marvin Vettori to Fill Opponent Deficit after UFC Vegas 23 Loss

Kevin Holland celebrates his victory at UFC 256.

UFC middleweight Kevin Holland is now staring at two straight losses in 2021. His most recent setback came at the hands of Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 23 on Saturday.

Despite the consecutive losses, Kevin remains composed. He lost his last two fights via unanimous decision. However, he fought all five rounds in both bouts.

Holland took up the fight against Vettori on nine days’ notice. He agreed to fill in for an injured Darren Till just three weeks after his loss to Derek Brunson. ” Courageous and a company man is something I am,” he said in a post-fight interview.

Opponents Derek Brunson and Kevin Holland face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Opponents Derek Brunson and Kevin Holland face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 19, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credits: Getty Images)

Kevin reiterates that he requires rest. “I fought seven times since the pandemic,” he said. He is sure that he will soon be able to get back to winning ways after some time off.

Both of Holland’s losses had the same theme: takedowns. He faced that problem against Derek Brunson and then again against Marvin. Whilst Kevin doesn’t wish to drastically alter his fighting style, he will look to sharpen his wrestling skills under the guidance of one of the best.

Read More: He Put Up a Better Fight Marvin Vettori Lauds Kevin Holland for Giving Tough Competition at UFC Vegas 23

What’s next for Kevin Holland?

Kevin also spoke about his plans on moving forward, “Go spend some time with DC, for sure, work on some of that wrestling, ” Daniel Cormier is a former UFC double champion. He believes that Kevin has the potential to be a future UFC Champion.

Kevin Holland vs Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 23 on 10th April 2021.

Kevin Holland vs Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 23 on 10th April 2021. (Credits: Getty Images)

After the fight against Vettori, Cormier provided an analysis of the bout. He felt that Kevin did an exceptional job in some areas during the fight. “I think Kevin Holland has a ton of ability,” Cormier said.

With the two now set to be working closely, we might witness the full potential of Kevin Holland. Along with learning to cope with wrestlers, ‘Trailblazer’ will also work on refining his ‘sniper’ style.

Read MoreUFC vegas 23 Champ Marvin Vettori: Kevin Holland was sharper Today than in his last Fight vs Derek Brunson

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