In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 38, we will see a battle in the middleweight division. One of the fighters of the year in 2020 Kevin Holland (21-7) is back as he’s taking on the tough Kyle Daukaus (10-2).
Daukaus will be making his fourth appearance in the UFC. So far, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Daukaus. He made his debut last June and he had the tough task of taking on Brendan Allen on short notice.
Allen was the massive favorite, but Daukaus put on an incredible fight and really made Allen work for the victory. Ultimately, Allen did get his hand raised. Daukaus picked up a win in his next fight before dropping his last fight to Phil Hawes.
Standing across from Daukaus tomorrow night will be one of the UFC‘s budding stars, Kevin Holland. Well, Holland was on his way to stardom before 2021. Holland went an incredible 5-0 in 2020 which earned him a main event slot in his first fight of the year.
He took on Derek Brunson and was grounded by the wrestling of Brunson. Then, Holland took on Marvin Vettori and saw the same result. Holland has now lost two in row and has his back up against a wall at UFC Vegas 38.
UFC Vegas 38 Prediction
Prior to this fight, Kevin Holland has spent a lot of time with former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. In fact, Hendricks is going to be in Holland’s corner tomorrow night.
Holland decided to switch things up after he discovered how much help he needed in defensive wrestling. He’s going to need to really improve if he wants to snap his losing streak tomorrow night.
Holland is dangerous on the feet and Daukaus is very dangerous on the ground. This fight is going to come down to whether or not Daukaus can get Holland down. I think he will at some point, but I believe Holland will do enough defending.
Holland will be able to defend enough takedowns to keep the fight standing long enough to have some big moments. I’m not convinced a finish will happen at UFC Vegas 38, but I think Kevin Holland gets the win.
Prediction: Kevin Holland by Unanimous Decision