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UFC Vegas 23 post Fight Previews: Daniel Cormier Has No Doubt on Kevin Holland’s ‘Ability’

Kevin Holland prepares to fight Derek Brunson in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Kevin Holland lost the main event bout at UFC Vegas 23 against Marvin Vettori on April 10. It was Holland’s second main tournament loss within a span of 21 days. Although he lost both fights, he played all five rounds and lost via unanimous decisions.

Holland agreed to this fight in nine days of notice when Vettori’s previous opponent Darren Till got injured and withdrew himself from the fight. Before that, Holland fought Derek Brunson on March 20 and lost the bout.

Former UFC double champion, Daniel Cormier, did an analysis on Holland vs Vettori bout, and he gave his thoughts on ABC. He believes Holland has done an excellent job in the octagon. “I think Kevin Holland has a ton of ability,” Cormier said following the show.

Nevertheless, Cormier feels Trailblazer needs to improve in some areas of his game to win the next competitive bout. “There are a lot of simple things he needs to fix in order for him to become what he can,” DC conveyed.

Further, Cormier believes that the 28-year-old can win the UFC. “Yet, I believe. Call it blind faith, but I believe this man is not done and still has the potential to be a UFC champion,” Cormier continued to applaud Holland. 

Kevin Holland vs Marvin Vettori

Holland vs Vettori Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Kevin Holland vs Marvin Vettori fight details

At the beginning of the round, Holland attacked through the fast kicks, straight punches, and several clean strikes. On the other hand, Vettori fought back with body locks and ground fight tactics. 

Once the fight was on the ground, Vettori threw some heavy ground and pound strikes, which caused swelling of Holland’s left eye. After being checked by the doctor, Holland insisted that he can continue. 

From there, the rest of the round followed the same pattern, but Holland refrained few take-down attempts. By the end of round five, it was evident that Vettori would win the bout. According to the official result, Vettori won the main event by 50-44. 


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