UFC books Kevin Holland – Tim Means

Kevin Holland

The UFC is hosting a Fight Night in Austin, Texas in June and we just learned they are bringing one of the more charismatic fighters to the show. Kevin Holland (22-7, 1 NC) will be making his second welterweight appearance against “The Dirty Bird” Tim Means (32-12-1, 1 NC).

Holland announced the news with a video that he posted to social media. The fight will take place at the UFC Fight Night on June 18th. For Tim Means, this is a big opportunity to pick up his fourth consecutive win against a guy with a big following.

Back in March of 2019, Tim Means was knocked out by Niko Price. That loss had him sitting at 2-4 in his last six UFC fights. Things didn’t look great for The Dirty Bird, but he has really turned things around.

Starting in December of 2019, Means is 4-1 in his last five UFC fights including a current three-fight winning streak. The last time we saw Means was June of 2021 when he took on Nicolas Dalby and won a unanimous decision. If he can beat Kevin Holland, it might be time to give The Dirty Bird a ranked opponent.

Holland’s Second UFC Welterweight Appearance

Kevin Holland was on the short-list for Fighter of the Year in 2020 after his stretch at 185 pounds. Holland went an impressive 5-0 with four knockouts including a knockout over legend Jacare Souza that took place at UFC 256.

Those wins catapulted him to a main event against Derek Brunson. Unfortunately for Holland, his defensive wrestling wasn’t where it needed to be and he lost a lopsided decision. From there, he took a short-notice main event against Marvin Vettori and saw the same result.

After taking some time off, he returned last October at a UFC Fight Night to face Kyle Daukaus. After an accidental headbutt led to him getting hurt, the fight was ruled a No Contest. Holland decided to move down to 170 pounds after that.

He made his welterweight debut at UFC 272 when he took on Alex Oliveira. After struggling a little in the first round, Holland knocked out Oliveira in the first minute of the second round. Now, he’s looking to win his second straight at 170 and prove that he’s ready to take on ranked contenders.

After successful welterweight debut at UFC 272, what’s next for Kevin Holland?

Kevin Holland

This past weekend on the main card of UFC 272 we saw the welterweight debut of Kevin Holland (22-7, 1 NC). Holland took on the very tough veteran Alex Oliveira (22-12-1, 2 NC) in his 170 pound debut.

Back in 2020, Kevin Holland was one of the UFC’s Fighters of the Year. He went a perfect 5-0 and that stretch launched him into stardom. Between his personality and his ability to handle business inside the cage, Holland looked destined for superstardom.

However, he ran into a tough stretch in 2021. The UFC gave him a headliner against Derek Brunson which could have led to a title shot. However, his wrestling wasn’t up to speed and he lost a lopsided decision. That scenario repeated itself in a main event against Marvin Vettori.

After a No Contest against Kyle Daukaus, Holland decided to drop to welterweight. He was always a very small middleweight and the UFC’s welterweight division seems more like a natural home. He was a big favorite against Alex Oliveira at UFC 272.

However, Cowboy was very game and actually had moments where he hurt Holland in the first round. Almost got himself a submission as well. But, Holland really turned things around in the second round when he rocked and stopped Oliveira to pick up the big TKO win.

What’s next after UFC 272?

After his successful debut, I think Holland needs to get right back after it. Knowing Holland, the UFC is likely going to book him a fight sooner than later given the fact that he loves to stay active.

I don’t think he’s going to get a ranked opponent next, but the opponent I have in mind would be perfect. After this win, I think the UFC should pair him up with the entertaining Daniel Rodriguez (16-2).

Outside of a controversial decision loss, Rodriguez has nearly been perfect in the UFC. He’s riding a three-fight winning streak and would bring an entertaining fight to Holland. Pair these two up on the main card of a PPV and you have the perfect ingredients for a banger and fight of the night.

Kevin Holland stops a very game Alex Oliveira in the second at UFC 272

Kevin Holland

On the main card of UFC 272, we saw the welterweight debut of one of the fighters of the year from 2020. Former middleweight contender Kevin Holland (21-7, 1 NC) was dropping down to 170 to take on “Cowboy Alex Oliveira (22-11-1, 2 NC).

You almost couldn’t draw up a better year than Kevin Holland had in 2020 in the UFC. After losing to Brendan Allen in 2019, Holland went on a sensational run where he won five fights in 2020 with four knockouts.

However, after going winless in his last three fights, Holland needed a change of scenery. He decided that he wanted to drop to his natural weight class of 170 pounds and there was a cowboy waiting for him.

Alex Oliveira has been in there with a who’s who of the welterweight division. From Gilbert Burns to Donald Cerrone to Carlos Condit. Oliveira is battle tested and he needed a win badly at UFC 272. He came into tonight riding a three-fight losing streak.

UFC 272 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 272 welterweight contest kicks off with a touch of the gloves. Holland immediately opens with a couple of high kick attempts that miss. Nice low kick lands for Cowboy Oliveira. Holland rushes in and eats a counter from Cowboy. Low kick lands from Holland.

Holland goes for another low kick but Cowboy catches it and throws a combination. Lead left hand lands for Holland and Holland steps forward with a right hand behind it. Holland is reaching a bit here in the first couple of minutes. Big 1-2 lands for Oliveira and Oliveira lands a leg kick behind it.

However, Holland catches and tries to lock up a leg lock. However, Oliveira spins out of it. Huge shot from Holland wobbles Oliveira briefly and Holland pushes forward. Immediately, Oliveira rocks Holland back and both men are hurt here. They both back away to get their feet back under them.

Incredible action here in the first at UFC 272. Low kick from Holland as he circles on the outside. Oliveira spins Holland around with a leg kick of his own. Oblique kicks from Kevin Holland. Big low kick from Holland and Oliveira looked a little hurt by that kick.

Another big calf kick from Holland but Oliveira lands two big kicks of his own. Oliveira lands a takedown and gets Holland’s back in the final seconds. Big opening round for Oliveira at UFC 272.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 272 and Holland needs to be more technical and that is what his corner was calling for in between rounds. They touch gloves to start the second and here we go. Nice combination from Oliveira lands, but Holland lands a big right straight to push Oliveira back.

Oliveira is dropped by Holland and Holland is all over him here. Holland isn’t letting him recover and the referee steps in to stop the action. Big TKO win for Kevin Holland in his welterweight debut.

Kevin Holland def. Alex Oliveira by TKO – Round 2

UFC 272 Preview: Kevin Holland – Alex Oliveira

Kevin Holland

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 272, we are going to see the welterweight debut of one of the fighters of the year from 2020. Former middleweight contender Kevin Holland (21-7, 1 NC) is dropping down to 170 to take on “Cowboy Alex Oliveira (22-11-1, 2 NC).

You almost couldn’t draw up a better year than Kevin Holland had in 2020 in the UFC. After losing to Brendan Allen in 2019, Holland went on a sensational run where he won five fights in 2020 with four knockouts.

However, after going winless in his last three fights, Holland needed a change of scenery. He decided that he wanted to drop to his natural weight class of 170 pounds and there’s a cowboy waiting for him.

Alex Oliveira has been in there with a who’s who of the welterweight division. From Gilbert Burns to Donald Cerrone to Carlos Condit. Oliveira is battle tested and he needs a win badly at UFC 272. He comes into tomorrow night riding a three-fight losing streak.

UFC 272 Prediction

The one major thing that Oliveira has going for him tomorrow night is his toughness and his experience. In his UFC career, Oliveira has only been stopped by strikes once and that came back in 2017.

Oliveira has solid striking and he does have a decent ground game. However, one might point to the fact that most of his losses have come via submission. If I’m being honest, it’s hard for me to find a spot where I would favor him tomorrow.

Kevin Holland is very long and has dynamic striking. I’m expecting his power to carry down well to the UFC’s welterweight division. I think he’s going to be a big problem for welterweight contenders.

I see Alex Oliveira struggling to get on the inside all night with Kevin Holland picking him apart from the outside. While it’s only happened once before, I think Holland finds the big shot in the third round to get the TKO win at UFC 272.

Prediction: Kevin Holland by TKO – Round 3

UFC books Kevin Holland – Alex Oliveira

Kevin Holland

The UFC has finalized the welterweight debut of a man who was one of the fighters of the year in 2020. MMA Fighting was the first to report this afternoon that Kevin Holland (21-7, 1 NC) will be making his welterweight debut against “Cowboy” Alex Oliveira (22-11-1, 2 NC).

The matchup will take place at UFC 272 on March 5th. This is a big fight for Oliveira who is looking to snap a three-fight losing streak. The last time we saw Cowboy was back in October when he was taking on Niko Price. That night, Oliveira walked away with a decision loss.

Overall, Oliveira is just 2-6 in his last eight fights in the UFC. One could say that is job might be on the line in this matchup against Kevin Holland. Over the course of his career with the promotion, Oliveira has been in there with some of the best.

We’ve seen him take on the likes of Carlos Condit, Gilbert Burns and Donald Cerrone. Oliveira has been with the UFC since 2015 and he’s proven to be a stiff test for most who take him on. While he doesn’t have the prettiest record, he’s always down to make things a fight.

UFC 170 debut for Loud Mouth

There was nobody in the UFC that entered 2021 with more momentum than Kevin Holland. Holland entered the year on a five-fight UFC win streak that earned him his first main event against Derek Brunson. Unfortunately for Holland, a big weakness in his game was revealed.

Brunson took Holland down at will and won a lopsided decision. Holland then stepped in on short-notice to take on Marvin Vettori in another main event. Unfortunately, Holland was dealt the same result after not being able to defend takedowns. After this second loss, Holland took some time away from the UFC.

He returned in October against Kyle Daukaus. In a weird fight, the fight was ruled a no contest after Holland was essentially knocked out by an accidental headbutt. However, the fight continued for a bit to see Holland lose by submission. Of course, the fight was ruled a no contest after seeing the headbutt played a big role.

After the No Contest, Holland said he would be dropping to the UFC’s welterweight division. This is probably the more natural weight class for Holland and I’m very intrigued to watch him compete at 170.

Examining Kevin Holland’s move to the UFC’s welterweight division

Kevin Holland

There might not have been a fighter that had a better 2020 in the UFC than Kevin Holland (21-7, 1 NC). Holland went a perfect 5-0 on his way to becoming a budding star from the promotion. This perfect stretch netted Holland a main event in his first fight of 2021.

Holland was set to take on the tough Derek Brunson. The fight was going to be the first time that Holland faced elite UFC competition and a lot of questions stood to be answered. Well, unfortunately for Holland they were answered in a negative fashion.

Brunson controlled most of the fight with his wrestling and gave Holland a loss. After that fight, Holland took a short-notice fight against recent title challenger Marvin Vettori. This fight saw the same thing as Vettori dominated with his wrestling and Holland lost.

Following this loss, Holland said he would focus on his wrestling before making his UFC return. He returned last month against Kyle Daukaus but the fight ended in an odd fashion. Holland was essentially put out by an accidental headbutt and was later choked out.

However, due to the headbutt, the fight was ruled a no contest. Initially, the UFC wanted to run this fight back, however, a Holland injury forced them to pivot. During this time off, Holland has made a decision to make a change.

UFC’s Welterweight Division

Holland told MMA Fighting over the holiday week that he was taking his talents to the welterweight division. After experiencing some of the grappling from some of the bigger wrestlers at 185, Holland figures it’s in his best interest to move down a weight class where he’s more on an even playing field.

In his last few UFC fights, Holland continuously has weighed in under the 185 pound weight limit. He’s flirted with the idea of going to 170, but has just remained in more of a natural weight class. Now, Holland is making this move because he figures it’s the best thing for his UFC future.

So, who should the promotion give him when he moves down? I think there’s a couple of options, but there’s one option I would stay away from. The one option I would really stay away from is Khamzat Chimaev (10-0). Last year, Holland said he wanted to fight Chimaev during Chimaev’s rise.

Given where Holland has struggled recently, I think it would be a bad decision to put him in there with Chimaev. Instead, I think he should fight someone who would fight him where he’s at his best and that’s on the feet. A guy like Daniel Rodriguez (16-2) comes to mind as a potential opponent.

Another one could be Niko Price (15-5, 2 NC). These are opponents where Holland could fight at range and try to get back on track. Holland still has star potential for the UFC, he just needs to get back on track.

After No Contest at UFC Vegas 38, Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus will fight again

Kevin Holland

Last Saturday in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 38, we saw a middleweight showdown between Kevin Holland (21-7, 1 NC) and Kyle Daukaus (10-2, 1 NC). Holland was looking to snap his two-fight losing streak.

In 2020, you couldn’t get much better than Kevin Holland in the UFC. His personality was infectious and he was a perfect 5-0. That blistering year earned him a main event spot earlier this year against Derek Brunson.

Had Holland won that fight, the UFC would’ve put him in title contention. However, he ultimately fell short against Brunson. Then, he took a short-notice main event against Marvin Vettori and again fell short.

In both of those fights, Holland was exposed for not having the best wrestling. Prior to UFC Vegas 38, Holland switched things up and started training with former welterweight champion and national champion wrestler, Johny Hendricks.

Holland was excited to show off his new defensive wrestling and he did that early on at UFC Vegas 38. However, the fight wouldn’t last much longer and it ended in a very odd fashion.

UFC will run it back

Both men advanced for strikes in the first round and the two clashed heads. Holland had Daukaus’ head land right on his chin and it essentially put him out. He was really never able to recover.

Eventually, Daukaus got his back and was able to submit him for the win at UFC Vegas 38. However, the referees got together after the fight and started talking about what led to the submission.

Ultimately, it was ruled that the headbutt led to the finish and the fight was ruled a No Contest. Everyone, including Daukaus, seemed content with the decision. Holland was actually the one saying he thought he should’ve lost because if it was in the streets, he would’ve lost.

The UFC has decided to run things back as a result of Saturday. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported this afternoon that the two will run it back on November 13th.

UFC Vegas 38 Preview: Kevin Holland – Kyle Daukaus

Kevin Holland

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

UFC books middleweight clash between Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus

Kevin Holland

The UFC‘s Big Mouth is getting ready to make his return to the Octagon. Late last night, MMA Fighting was the first to report that the promotion had finalized a middleweight battle between Kevin Holland (21-7) and Kyle Daukaus (10-2).

The middleweight matchup is currently scheduled to take place at a UFC Fight Night on October 2nd. For Kyle Daukaus, this will be his fourth trip to the octagon. So far, it’s been a mixed bag for the middleweight.

Daukaus made his UFC debut just over a year ago against Brendan Allen. Allen was a big favorite, however, Daukaus pushed him to the limit in their fight. Ultimately, Allen still got his hand raised and Daukaus lost the first fight of his career.

Daukaus’ second octagon appearance came at UFC 255 when he took on Dustin Stoltzfus. He picked up his first UFC win that night by decision. He returned back in May when he took on the surging Phil Hawes.

Hawes won by decision and dropped Daukaus to 1-2 in the UFC. While he has a losing record, it is worth nothing that Kyle Daukaus has faced good competition in the UFC. This fight in October will be his first fight against a ranked opponent.

UFC Redemption for Holland

2021 hasn’t been great for Kevin Holland inside the octagon. After becoming a surging star for the UFC in 2020, Holland has come back to Earth a little here in 2021. We all were introduced to Kevin Holland back in 2018 on the Contender Series.

Despite winning his fight, the UFC didn’t give him a contract right away. That said, when the UFC needed someone to step in to fight Thiago Santos at UFC 227 on short-notice, Holland gladly accepted the fight. Holland lost that fight, but then went on to win three straight.

Late in 2019, Holland suffered a submission loss to Brendan Allen. When the year hit 2020, all things changed for Kevin Holland. Holland went on an incredible run that saw him go 5-0 in seven months. He was one of the Fighters of the Year in 2020 for the UFC.

His incredible year earned him a main event slot against Derek Brunson in March. Unfortunately for Holland, Brunson dominated their fight. Holland then turned around and took a short-notice main event against Marvin Vettori and was again dominated.

In both of those fights, Holland really struggled with keeping the fight on the feet. After remaining incredibly active for the UFC in 2020, Holland wanted to take some time away to work on his grappling. After having some time to work on it, he’s back to take on Daukaus in October and you know Daukaus with eight submission wins is going to test his takedown defense.

After his loss at UFC Vegas 24, where does Kelvin Gastelum go from here?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 24, Kelvin Gastelum (16-7, 1 NC) had a golden opportunity. Entering 2021, Gastelum was not looking great in terms of being a top contender at middleweight.

The former interim title challenger had lost three fights in a row heading into 2021. Gastelum was scheduled to take on Ian Heinisch earlier this year and it was a fight that was pivotal for Gastelum moving forward.

The two fought at UFC 258 and Gastelum went back to his wrestling roots to snap his losing streak. With taking no damage in the Heinisch fight, Gastelum told the UFC that he would be ready to fill in if someone fell out of the upcoming middleweight main events.

Robert Whittaker (23-5) was set to headline UFC Vegas 24 against Paulo Costa. However, Costa ended up sick and had to pull out of the fight due to his inability to train. With that, Gastelum volunteered to step in.

Originally, Gastelum was supposed to face Whittaker at UFC 234 for the middleweight title. However, Whittaker had to pull out of that fight after having to undergo emergency surgery the day of the fight. If Gastelum was able to pull off a victory, he would’ve been right back in title contention.

However, that didn’t happen at UFC Vegas 24. Gastelum did have moments where he hit Whittaker clean, but overall he was a step behind all night. Whittaker rocked him a couple of times and ended up with a clean sweep on the judges scorecards.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 24?

With this loss at UFC Vegas 24, Gastelum is just 1-4 in his last five fights. A couple of years ago, Gastelum looked like he could be a middleweight champion, but it’s really hard to imagine that scenario now.

So where does Kelvin Gastelum go from here? Well, I personally would love to see Gastelum attempt to cut back to 170 pounds. I truly believe that if he did it the right way, Gastelum could be a force in the UFC’s welterweight division.

However, I don’t believe that’s likely. In looking at the middleweight division, I think a perfect next opponent would be Kevin Holland (21-7). Holland was 5-0 in 2020, but has come back down to earth in 2021 with headlining losses to Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson.

Still, The Trailblazer is still ranked 12th at middleweight. He’s talked about moving to welterweight as well, but if he stays at 185 pounds, I think he would be the perfect opponent for Gastelum’s next UFC fight.