Kevin Holland has entered 2021 as a potential new UFC star. The five victories he achieved in just seven months are certainly something that no one could have remained indifferent to. Particularly impressive was the way he defeated Jacare Souza, ending his last year as a Top 10 fighter in the UFC’s middleweight challenger rankings.
What went wrong this year? The answer is very clear and obvious. Contracting fights that will bring Kevin’s biggest flaw to the fore. Derek Brunson and Marvin Vettori destroyed him by wrestling and control. As dangerous, innovative, and attractive as the "Trailblazer" is on his feet, he is just as bad when thrown on the floor.
He convincingly lost ten rounds in a row. What he didn’t lose was a positive spirit, but neither did a job at the UFC. In fact, the promotion pretty much believes that the best of this 28-year-old is yet to come. Confirmation of this is the new contract that Holland has been awarded and which ties him to the UFC in a number of fights.
The first one follows him on October 2, when he will try to return with victories against Kyle Daukaus, and before that fight, he started working with a new wrestling coach. After spending some time with Daniel Cormier at the American Kickboxing Academy, he arranged a real collaboration with a man who hasn’t been in the sport since retiring from it, Johny Hendricks.
The former UFC welterweight champion and fairly successful and quality wrestler last fought in the Octagon in November 2017, when he was defeated by Paul Costa. He tried his hand at boxing without gloves a year later, but after suffering a defeat, he simply withdrew from martial arts for almost three years.
Until he was contacted by a fighter and he was attracted to him because of the fact he is coming from Texas and having the potential to become another successful UFC fighter from the largest US state. "I'm a different coach than everyone else.
I'm like a two-way street. I'm interested in good and bad and only then do I move forward." "Kevin picked up a lot of good things. The way he implements them on his body is good. It's just up to me to give him as much knowledge as I can."
"It won't always be one hundred percent, but I don't want something like that "Hendricks said in an interview with MMA Junkie, adding that Holland is his important project: "I have no intention of working with any other middleweight fighter, I'm not that kind of person.
I'll be honest with you. Now I've met Kevin and it's actually fun to work with him, it's fun to teach someone who wants to learn." "Opposites attract otherwise. Kevin is a special person outside and inside the Octagon and I want to go through every possible scenario with him."
"The main goal is for everyone, when Kevin enters the Octagon, to panic wondering how to respond to his wrestling as well as his punches. Our goal is to make a puzzle they won't be able to solve . "