Kevin Holland
Trail Blazer

USA

GTD
Injury Illness
Est. Return 12/12/2020
Facing Souza at UFC 256
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
November 28, 2020
Holland (illness) will face Ricardo Souza in a middleweight bout at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Holland was originally set to fight Jack Hermansson next weekend, but the "Trail Blazer" was forced to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19. Hermansson will instead go up against Marvin Vettori, who was previously slated to fight Souza at UFC 256. Holland will only have one additional week to recover from the virus, but assuming all goes well he'll be taking on Souza in two weeks.
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Tests positive for COVID-19
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
November 28, 2020
Holland tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and will no longer face Jack Hermansson on Dec. 5, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Holland was announced as Hermansson's new opponent at the beginning of November, but he'll be forced to withdraw with only a week remaining before the matchup. It's unclear whether Holland is experiencing symptoms, and a timetable for his return to the Octagon hasn't been established. The promotion is reportedly seeking a new opponent for Hermansson, but no agreement has been made.
Filling in against Jack Hermansson
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
November 6, 2020
Holland will face Jack Hermansson in Las Vegas on Dec. 5, taking the place of the injured Darren Till (undisclosed), Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Holland will be looking for his fourth victory of 2020, having already defeated Anthony Hernandez, Joaquin Buckley, Darren Stewart and Charlie Ontiveros. Three of those wins came via TKO, including a first-round victory against Ontiveros on Oct. 31. He'll have a fairly quick turnaround against the highly-ranked Hermansson, who submitted Kelvin Gastelum in the first round in July in his most recent fight.
Earns fourth victory of 2020
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
October 31, 2020
Holland defeated Charlie Ontiveros via verbal submission (injury) at 2:39 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
And with that, Holland becomes the first UFC fighter to four wins in 2020. Holland started jawing with UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya (who was cageside) following the bout. Holland is miles from the title picture, but the soon-to-be 28-year-old is quickly making a name for himself at 185 pounds. At the very least, he'll earn his second $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus in his last four fights. Holland is now 7-2 in the UFC, including the previously-mentioned four victories in the past five and a half months. Holland's next challenge will be to continue this success against better competition. Expect him to get a bump up his next time out, which he hopes will happen before the end of 2020. He left no confusion in his post-fight interview about the fact that he's here to set records.
New opponent for Saturday
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
October 29, 2020
Holland will now face Charlie Ontiveros on Saturday in place of Makhmud Muradov after Muradov was forced to withdraw due to unspecified reasons, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Few fighters have had to deal with more calendar shake-ups than Holland in 2020, so at least he's familiar with late-notice opponent changes. This time, he'll draw a fighter in Ontiveros with plenty of pro experience, as he's competed in promotions such as Bellator, Legacy FC, Fury FC and LFA. Holland will enter this fight with two-inch height and five-inch reach advantages.
Steps in against Makhmud Muradov
MiddleweightUFC
GTD
October 18, 2020
Holland will take on Makhmud Muradov in Las Vegas on Oct. 31, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Holland will step in on short notice to replace Krzysztof Jotko, who withdrew due to a broken toe. Holland has won three straight fights, most recently defeating Darren Stewart by split decision in mid-September. Muradov owns a 2-0 record since joining the UFC but hasn't been able to fight since December, as his two previously scheduled matchups this year wound up getting cancelled.