Motivated by the fact that he is capable of doing the lowering his weight to 77 pounds, Kevin Holland has finally decided to do his next fight in the UFC welterweight category. The popular fighter announced this in March this year, after the defeat by Derek Brunson, but he still made his next two appearances in the division up to 84 kilograms.
But with the next fight, that will no longer be the case. Holland became a UFC hit fighter last year when he did five fights from May to December, recording a win in all of them, making him a UFC fighter who has triumphed five times in the shortest amount of time and it is an achievement that will hardly anyone in the near future surpass.
He built a name with it and reached the Top 10 status, but this year he failed to continue in the same way. In the space of a month, he suffered almost identical defeats from Derek Brunson and Marvin Vettori. They both knocked him down without much trouble and then dominated him until the end of each round.
Between the two fights, as already mentioned, Holland announced his moving into the welterweight, but that did not happen that way. He remained in the middleweight until October when he had a fight against Kyle Daukaus. It was stopped after three and a half minutes of the first round.
It was originally a Daukaus victory, but then it was annulled as cameras showed Holland was shaken after a head-on collision. The fight was rescheduled for November 13, but Holland then canceled it due to injury. In the end, it seems that it will not take place.
By posting on Instagram, "Trail Blazer" revealed that from next year, "he will take his talents to the welterweight category". Normally very likeable and charismatic, but often too chatty Holland, owns a truly impressive martial talent, but years of neglect of wrestling training have led to a major shortcoming in this segment of the fight.
That’s why he’s been working with former UFC champion Johny Hendricks for about half a year now, and some evidence of progress has already been seen in the fight against the Daukaus. Unfortunately, it didn't take long to get the right picture.
But when you look at what a roster welterweight category looks like, we can find a potentially hidden reason for Holland's decision here as well. The closer you get to the top of it, all the way to the elite made up of Usman, Covington, and the new Khamzat Chimaev, wrestlers are not so common.
So, in addition to the physical advantage, he will have over many, it could be another big plus when it comes to achieving ambitions in the new category.