Kevin Holland isn’t oldschool to layoffs within the UFC, but six months after he suffered his second loss in a row, “The Trailblazer” will in the end earn his return to the cage.
On the UFC Fight Night event on Oct. 2, Holland (21-7 MMA, 8-4 UFC) will gain on historic CFFC middleweight champion Kyle Daukaus at a gain 22 situation and venue to-be-supplied, pending bout finalization.
Two of us with data of the matchup confirmed the reserving to MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous because the promotion has but to earn an legit announcement. MMA Combating first reported the focused reserving.
After a stellar 2020 marketing and marketing campaign, Holland opened up 2021 with relief-to-relief losses towards top contenders Derek Brunson and Marvin Vettori. The defeats, which both occurred within the span of three weeks, performed out within the identical system – with Holland unable to discontinuance takedowns.
Since the losses, Holland has long gone relief to the drafting board with a spotlight on is takedown defense and wrestling. While he has now not switched camps, he’s traveled to California to coach with Daniel Cormier and accomplished a few classes at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA).
Daukaus (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC), a Dana White’s Contender Sequence alumnus, made his promotional debut in June 2020 when he lost a short-sight fight to Brendan Allen by skill of unanimous decision. In his sophomore outing at UFC 255 in November, Daukaus defeated Dustin Stoltzfus by skill of unanimous decision. In May presumably, Dauakus used to be handed his second unanimous decision loss within the UFC when he used to be defeated by Phil Hawes.
With the addition, the UFC Fight Night lineup for Oct. 2 entails:
- Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker
- Grant Dawson vs. Diego Ferreira
- Jared Gordon vs. Joe Solecki
- Bethe Correia vs. Karol Rosa
- Fernando Padilla vs. Sean Soriano
- Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Gaetano Pirrello
- Kyle Daukaus vs. Kevin Holland