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.

After dominant win at UFC Vegas 23, what’s next for Marvin Vettori?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 23, The Italian Dream Marvin Vettori (17-4-1) was looking to pick up his fourth consecutive win. Vettori took on one of the fighters of the year in 2020 Kevin Holland (21-7).

Originally, Vettori was supposed to fight Darren Till (18-3-1) at UFC Vegas 23 in the main event. However, just a little over a week before the fight, Till broke his collarbone in training and had to pull out of the fight.

Kevin Holland had just headlined UFC Vegas 22 against Derek Brunson. That night, Holland saw his five-fight winning streak come to an end. However, he didn’t take a lot of damage. He immediately volunteered to step in for the injured Till.

The promotion quickly put the fight together. Holland came into Saturday night more focused than we’ve seen him in a long time. However, The Italian Dream was willing to do whatever it took to take one more step towards a UFC title shot.

While Holland had success on the feet, the story of UFC Vegas 23 was the wrestling of Marvin Vettori. Vettori was able to get Holland down at will and ended up setting a middleweight record for takedowns on his way to winning a lopsided decision.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 23?

After the fight was over, Vettori said that he wanted to face Israel Adesanya (20-1) in October for the UFC middleweight title. Vettori and Adesanya fought to a split decision in April of 2018.

The Italian Dream has two headlining UFC wins under his belt now and he’s definitely one of the options to face the champion next. However, is that going to be what’s next for Marvin Vettori?

Unfortunately for Vettori, there’s only one way I see him getting the next title shot. The only way I see him getting the next shot is if Kelvin Gastelum defeats Robert Whittaker (22-5) this Saturday night.

Robert Whittaker is the former middleweight champion and the only man to defeat him at middleweight is Adesanya. If Whittaker wins this Saturday, he would have three huge wins since he lost the title at UFC 243.

However, if Gastelum wins, there is a shot that Vettori will be next. If Vettori doesn’t get a UFC title shot next, one opponent I like for him is Derek Brunson (22-7). Brunson has won four in a row and he’s ranked fourth at middleweight. That could be an option or perhaps they try to make the Till fight again.

What’s next for Kevin Holland after his loss at UFC Vegas 23?

Kevin Holland

Entering 2021, there might not have been a hotter fighter in the UFC than Kevin Holland (21-7). After getting off to an okay start to his career inside the octagon, Holland exploded in 2020.

Holland was on the shortlist for fighter of the year in 2020 after going 5-0 inside the octagon. The UFC gave Holland his first main event last month when he took on Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 22.

With how popular Kevin Holland had become, it wasn’t out of the realm of possibilities that he would have earned a title shot had he impressively defeated Holland. However, that didn’t happen.

Instead, Holland was relatively exposed by Derek Brunson. Brunson used his wrestling to take Holland down pretty much at will. While Holland had successful moments on the feet, Brunson walked to a decision win.

After the fight was over, Holland talked about moving to the UFC‘s welterweight division. However, when Darren Till fell out of the UFC Vegas 23 main event, Kevin Holland volunteered to face Marvin Vettori (16-4-1).

A win over Vettori would have put Holland back in the mix at 185 pounds. However, it was a very tall order in front of him as Vettori has been surging as of late. Kevin Holland went into Saturday with a different focus and he took this fight way more serious.

That said, it still didn’t matter. Holland had no answer for the wrestling of Marvin Vettori. Vettori ended up setting a UFC middleweight record for takedowns on his way to winning a lopsided 50-44 decision.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 23?

All of the momentum that Kevin Holland had in 2020 hit a brick wall to start 2021. The reality is that Kevin Holland has been completely exposed in his last two UFC matchups. With that said, what’s next?

The first thing is that Holland needs to take some time off. Holland has fought seven times in the last eleven months. He needs to slow things down and really focus on improving his wrestling before taking his next fight.

On top of that, I believe he should pursue the UFC’s welterweight division. Unless Holland plans on bulking up, I feel like welterweight could be the spot for him. He consistently weighs in under the limit at middleweight.

Holland could be a force at 170 and there are plenty of great matchups there. I think he needs to take some time to improve his wrestling and then take a fun matchup for his UFC welterweight debut. I don’t think this is the end for Kevin Holland, I just see it as a speed bump.

Marvin Vettori dominates Kevin Holland at UFC Vegas 23

In the main event of UFC Vegas 23, we saw a fun matchup in the welterweight division. The Italian Dream Marvin Vettori (16-4-1) was looking to continue his winning streak against the entertaining, Kevin Holland (21-6).

Kevin Holland had about as good of a 2020 as you could have. Holland was a perfect 5-0 and he capped the year by knocking out Jacare Souza at UFC 256 in December. Winning that vaulted him into his first UFC main event.

Standing on the opposite side of him was Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 22. Brunson used his wrestling and pretty much dominated Holland. Holland thought about dropping to welterweight, but a main event slot opened up against Marvin Vettori, he jumped back in.

Marvin Vettori was originally supposed to fight Darren Till at UFC Vegas 23. However, Till broke his collarbone and had to pull out of the fight. Vettori didn’t care who the opponent was, he just wanted to compete.

The last time we saw Marvin Vettori was in December in a headliner against Jack Hermansson. Vettori dominated the fight and earned the biggest win of his UFC career. A win today would put him right in the conversation for a title eliminator.

UFC Vegas 23 Recap

Round 1

There was no touch of the gloves to start the UFC Vegas 23 main event. Holland gets the striking started with a couple of leg kicks. Holland is very active with the kicks to start and one lands low. A very colorful response from Marvin Vettori after the low kick.

The two resume and Holland goes right back to work with his kicks. Vettori is moving forward, but the speed of Holland was impressive early. A clean right counter lands for Kevin Holland which forces Vettori to clinch.

Vettori continues to press forward after they separate. Again, Vettori goes back to the clinch and a body lock. Vettori tries hard for a takedown, but Holland was defending well. Vettori then switches levels, but he couldn’t get the takedown.

Holland started talking to Vettori and the separate. A few combinations from both men and Vettori once again goes back to the clinch. Vettori gets a body lock and uses a trip to finally land the takedown.

One minute left in the round and Vettori starts working his ground strikes. Holland uses a beautiful reversal to get top position and get back to his feet. Vettori goes right back to the pressure and the round closes. Close round, but I think it’s 1-0 Vettori at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 2

The second round at UFC Vegas 23 started with more pressure from The Italian Dream. A nice straight left lands for Vettori to start the striking. However, a nice combination and a big straight right hand lands for Kevin Holland.

Immediately, Vettori went right back to the wrestling. Vettori got deep on a double and landed the takedown. Holland kept looking for opportunities to escape, but Vettori was heavy on the pressure. Vettori lands a couple of clean ground strikes.

Holland throws his legs up against the fence looking for a submission, but Vettori stacked him and landed some good shots. Vettori settled back into Kevin Holland’s guard and went back to his ground and pound.

Holland again tried to use the fence, but he couldn’t do anything with it. Vettori lands some big shots on the ground, but Holland is able to get up after a brief scramble. However, Vettori immediately dragged him right back down. The round closes and it was a dominant one. 2-0 Vettori at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 3

Entering the third round at UFC Vegas 23 and Kevin Holland needs to keep this fight standing. Holland’s eye was closing as the round starts and Vettori right after the takedown as soon as the round started.

Vettori landed the takedown and immediately started to work his ground shots. Holland looked tired and Vettori immediately advances to the mount. Vettori gets an arm triangle and he’s going for the finish.

However, Holland remained composed and Vettori let it go. Holland then uses a scramble to get back up. A big straight hand lands for Marvin Vettori and he immediately chains it into a takedown.

Holland defended well and the fight stayed standing along the fence. The two separate with a minute left. Both men look very tired and Vettori goes right back to the body lock. Holland separates and lands some good shots before the bell. Still, a dominant round for Vettori. 3-0 Vettori after three at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 4

Entering the fourth round at UFC Vegas 23 and Marvin Vettori is looking a little tired. However, it doesn’t stop him from coming forward with a big 1-2. Holland throws some big shots back and lands on Vettori.

A wild exchange forces Vettori to shoot for a takedown and he gets it. Holland tries to force a scramble, but Vettori just stacked him and went right back into the guard.

Vettori takes Holland’s back as Holland tried to scramble. However, Holland was able to get back up. Vettori went right back in for a takedown and lands one. Vettori immediately landed in the mount and looked for the arm triangle choke again.

However, Holland defended well and got Vettori back to half guard. Holland was staying active on his back, but he couldn’t get Marvin Vettori off of him. The round comes to a close and it’s another dominant round for Marvin Vettori. 4-0 Vettori entering the final round at UFC Vegas 23.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC Vegas 23 and Kevin Holland needs a miracle to win this one. Vettori definitely looks more fatigued entering the final round. Holland lands a couple of clean shots to open the striking and Vettori is hurt.

However, Vettori shoots for a desperation takedown and he lands it. Holland uses the fence to briefly stand back up, but Vettori immediately drags him right back down.

Kevin Holland just has no answer for the takedowns of Marvin Vettori. This was the same thing we saw a couple of weeks ago against Derek Brunson. Vettori starts passing the guard of Holland with two minutes left in the round.

Vettori gets the mount on Kevin Holland. However, Holland uses an explosion to get back up. Marvin Vettori goes right back in for a takedown and he gets it. With that, he just set a UFC middleweight record with his eleventh takedown.

Holland tries one more time to get to his feet, but he couldn’t get any separation. The final bell sounds and it’s going to be a lopsided decision for The Italian Dream in this one.

Marvin Vettori def. Kevin Holland by Unanimous Decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)

UFC Vegas 23 Preview: Marvin Vettori – Kevin Holland

We have a fun one tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 23. The Italian Dream, Marvin Vettori (16-4-1), looks to continue his rise to the top of the middleweight division as he meets the entertaining Kevin Holland (21-6).

Originally, Vettori was set to take on Darren Till in the main event tomorrow night. However, just over a week ago, Till broke his collarbone and had to pull out of the fight. That’s when the UFC turned to Kevin Holland.

Holland was one of the fighters of the year in 2020. The Trailblazer went a perfect 5-0 which landed him a main event slot at UFC Vegas 22 against Derek Brunson. However, that is where the winning stopped and Brunson won a lopsided decision.

After the fight was over, Holland said he was leaning towards moving to welterweight. However, when the UFC Vegas 23 main event fell through, The Trailblazer stepped up and offered his services. 

While he earned some major points with the promotion, he’s got an extremely tough task in front of him. Marvin Vettori continues to look better and better and he’s souring towards a UFC title shot. He got his first main event slot in December where he dominated Jack Hermansson.

UFC Vegas 23 Prediction

When it comes to the main event at UFC Vegas 23 main event, it’s a really tough challenge for Kevin Holland. Holland is very good on his feet and we’ve seen him show off his power and slick strikes.

However, we’ve also seen him throw a little wild which throws him off balance. When he’s off balance, he’s even more susceptible to takedowns which he doesn’t do a good job of defending anyway.

Holland is a black belt in jiu jitsu, but we haven’t really seen him show off his submission game. Then you look at his opponent at UFC Vegas 23. Marvin Vettori is looking more and more like the complete package.

Yes, he has good striking and showed very good power in his last fight. However, we’ve also seen him show off his wrestling. In his fight with Israel Adesanya, he was able to land takedowns which brought the fight to a split decision.

If Vettori can take Adesanya down, he’s going to be able to take Kevin Holland down. Vettori has never been knocked out and I don’t see Holland doing it. I think this is going to be a pretty lopsided decision at UFC Vegas 23 and another win for The Italian Dream.

Prediction: Marvin Vettori by Unanimous Decision

Kevin Holland steps in to take on Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 23

Kevin Holland

UFC Vegas 23 has a new headliner. Kevin Holland (21-6) broke the news on his Twitter page today that he is stepping in for Darren Till to take on Marvin Vettori (16-4-1) in the main event.

Just a couple of days ago, we learned that Darren Till broke his collarbone and had to pull out of the main event. The UFC immediately started looking for replacements and Holland offered his services.

Holland just fought back at UFC Vegas 22 a couple of weeks ago. The Trailblazer took on Derek Brunson in the main event. Holland entered the contest having gone 5-0 in the UFC during 2020.

Had Holland won a couple of weeks ago, he’d be right in the title picture. However, that didn’t happen. Derek Brunson used his wrestling to put a stop to the Kevin Holland hype train.

After the fight was over, Holland said he was contemplating a move to the UFC‘s welterweight division. However, when Till pulled out of next weekend’s main event, he saw it as a perfect bounce back opportunity.

UFC Vegas 23’s New Headliner

Marvin Vettori is no stranger to last minute opponent changes. If you recall, Vettori was actually supposed to take on Jacare Souza back at UFC 256 and Kevin Holland was supposed to take on Jack Hermansson.

However, Holland tested positive for COVID and needed to be pushed back. The UFC put Vettori in to face Hermansson and they gave Jacare Souza to Kevin Holland. Both Vettori and Holland won impressively.

The Italian Dream has won four in a row since his split decision loss to UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya. Every time Vettori enters the octagon, he’s showed a ton of improvement.

He’s proved himself and shown that he’s going to be a dangerous contender at 185 pounds. This is a huge fight for both men. If Holland wins, he gains back all the ground that he lost at UFC Vegas 22.

On the flip side, if Vettori wins, it would be his fifth win in a row. The UFC would likely put Vettori in a title eliminator which means he would be only one win away from a shot at the middleweight title. Should be a fun buildup to next weekend’s new main event.

After his big win at UFC Vegas 22, what’s next for Derek Brunson?

Derek Brunson

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 22, Derek Brunson (22-7) was once again tasked with taking on a promotional hype train. This time, the hype train was that of Kevin Holland (21-6). Holland was on the shortlist for male fighter of the year in 2020 after going 5-0.

Derek Brunson has been with the UFC for a very long time. He’s also been one of the more consistent fighters at middleweight over the last several years. Brunson has only lost to the very best that middleweight has to offer.

When a contender defeats Derek Brunson, they are well on their way to either being a UFC champion or challenging for a title. Israel Adesanya, Robert Whittaker, and Yoel Romero are the best examples.

However, since Brunson seems to lose to the elite of the elite at middleweight, the UFC has unofficially given him this gate keeper status. Last August, Brunson took on Edmen Shahbazyan. Shahbazyan was supposed to be the next big thing, but Brunson finished him.

As a reward, the UFC gave Brunson the next hype train in Kevin Holland. Holland’s precision striking looked like it was going to be an issue for Brunson. At times on Saturday night, it was. However, at the end of the day, Brunson went out and grinded out a dominant decision and once again derailed a hype train.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 22?

Now that Brunson has derailed two consecutive hype trains, what will the UFC give him next? In his post-fight interview, Brunson made a callout and it’s actually one that makes a lot of sense in my opinion.

Brunson used his moment in the spotlight to challenge Paulo Costa (13-1). Costa recently had to pull out of his upcoming main event against Robert Whittaker due to an illness. At the moment, there’s not a timetable for his return.

However, if he’s able to return in the summer, the UFC should set this fight up. Costa is coming off of a title fight loss and Brunson is on a winning streak. Costa wants to get back on track and Brunson wants to prove he can challenge for the title. To me, it’s the perfect matchup to setup.