Kevin Holland
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Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 6/15/2020
Not fighting Saturday
May 26, 2020
Holland withdrew from his scheduled middleweight fight with Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 172 on Saturday, citing a right shoulder injury, Daniel Rodriguez, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
UFC is currently searching for a replacement for Holland so that Rodriguez can still be involved on the card. Holland suffered the injury during training and would have been just 14 days removed from his last fight had he been able to make it back in the Octagon this weekend. It's unclear how long the shoulder injury will keep Holland out of commission.
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To fight Daniel Rodriguez
May 22, 2020
Holland will face off against Daniel Rodriguez in a middleweight matchup during UFC Fight Night 172 on May 30 at UFC Apex in Last Vegas, Nevada, Damon Martin of reports.
The 27-year-old Holland is 17-5 (eight KO/TKO) as a professional and has won four of his last five bouts. Most recently, he was victorious against Anthony Hernandez on May 16 during UFC on ESPN 8, defeating him by way of TKO (knees and punches). The 33-year-old Rodriguez is 11-1 (six KO/TKO) as a pro, having won seven straight bouts. His most recent victory was Feb. 15 against Tim Means at UFC Fight Night 167, using a guillotine choke. Expectations are high for Holland following his most recent performance, as he opened as roughly a (-195) betting favorite shortly after the announcement.
Destroys Anthony Hernandez
May 16, 2020
Holland defeated Anthony Hernandez via TKO (strikes) at 0:39 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
It was a dominant effort from Holland in a fight the Vegas oddsmakers said could go either way. Holland used his three-inch height edge over Hernandez to get in tight and blast his opponent with a shot to the face followed by a perfectly placed knee to the body. Hernandez quickly crumbled and the fight was over just moments later. The 27-year-old Holland has been up and down throughout the early portion of his career, but he offers elite size (6-foot-3) for the middleweight division and is competent in all areas of the sport. We'll see if this strong effort is the start of an extended run for Holland.
Fight reinstated
April 27, 2020
Holland's matchup against Anthony Hernanandez on May 16 is back on, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.USAToday reports.
This bout was originally scheduled to take place in California before the UFC postponed events due to COVID-19. The event is now back on but will take place in Jacksonville. Holland is coming off a loss to Brendan Allen, but he was riding a three-fight winning streak before that. His opponent, Hernandez, is coming off his first UFC victory over Jun Yong Park.
To be added to May 16 card
April 9, 2020
Holland is set to square off against Anthony Hernandez on the May 16 card, reports.
Holland's previous scheduled fight versus Jack Marshman was canceled, but he's quickly found a new home on a future card. Holland is looking to bounce back from a loss to Brendan Allen back in October, though he had recorded victories in three straight fights prior to that.
No longer facing Marshman
March 15, 2020
Holland will no longer face Jack Marshman at UFC London on Saturday following the event's cancellation and pending movement to an unspecified location, reports.
Holland had been a big betting favorite of approximately (-335) for the event, but it won't proceed as originally planned with Marshman likely unable to get to the US due to COVID-19 related travel concerns. Holland could still remain on the UFC's rescheduled card, as the promotion is actively looking for a replacement opponent for the middleweight bout.