UFC Vegas 22: Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland is true across the nook, so listed below are simply three of the the explanation why it’s best to tune in.
Headlining UFC Vegas 22 this Saturday will probably be a middleweight bout between No. 7 Derek Brunson and No. 10 Kevin Holland.
Since dropping to middleweight champ Israel Adesanya in 2018, Brunson has seemed reenergized and rattled off three-straight wins contained in the Octagon, defeating Elias Theodorou, Ian Heinisch and Edmen Shahbazyan. Brunson halted the Shahbazyan hype prepare in its tracks again at UFC Vegas 5 when he stopped the 23-year-old in spherical three through technical knockout. It seems to be as if the UFC will proceed to present Brunson harmful contenders to see in the event that they compete within the higher echelon at 185 kilos.
Throughout the Octagon from Brunson will stand a Kung Fu and Brazilian jiu-Jiu-Jitsu black belt in Holland. Holland went 5-0 within the yr 2020 and is turning into the kind of fighter whose fights you simply can’t miss. Holland knocked out Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in just below two minutes at UFC 256 to get his fifth win, tying the UFC file for many wins in a calendar yr. Though he wasn’t signed till the second half of 2018, Holland has already fought ten occasions and has compiled an 8-2 file, amassing three efficiency bonuses alongside the best way.
Even with this thrilling principal occasion matchup, there are nonetheless different causes to tune into UFC Vegas 22.
These are three causes to look at UFC Vegas 22
The return of Gregor Gillespie
Gregor “The Reward” Gillespie is slated to make his Octagon return within the co-main occasion this Saturday at UFC Vegas 22. The previous NCAA Division I wrestling nationwide champion has not competed since UFC 244 in Nov. 2019, the night time he was brutally knocked out by Kevin Lee through head kick. Gillespie went unconscious and was handed his first-ever loss as knowledgeable. At present ranked No. 15 within the division, Gillespie could make a run at title rivalry ought to he get off to a great begin right here in opposition to his opponent. And though Gillespie wants a victory right here, don’t count on a boring, drawn-out 15 minute struggle. The person has six wins within the UFC, with 5 coming through stoppage, and three struggle night time bonuses to go together with them.
Nevertheless, Gillespie faces a stiff take a look at in his UFC return in Brad Riddell. The 9-1 light-weight trains out of Metropolis Kickboxing alongside the likes of middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Dan Hooker, and has even competed as knowledgeable kickboxer in Glory and ONE Championship. Riddell has gone a strong 3-0 to date within the promotion, most not too long ago defeating Alex da silva Coelho through unanimous choice at UFC 253. Riddell additionally holds a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt beneath Andre Galvao.
If Gillespie can get again to successful methods on this co-main occasion slot, a future matchup in opposition to a fellow top-15 fighter is all however assured.
Can Kevin Holland make it six wins in a row?
Holland, FanSided MMA’s 2020 fighter of the yr, makes his a lot anticipated return to the cage at UFC Vegas 22. As beforehand talked about, a Holland struggle is must-see TV at this level, particularly given his preventing type and skill to speak whether or not he’s taking harm or giving it. He has the power to succeed irrespective of the place the struggle takes place, as he’s a black belt in each Kung Fu and Brazilian jiu-Jiu-Jitsu, the latter beneath head coach Travis Lutter. Of his eight UFC victories, 4 have come by knockout, one through submission, and the rest by choice. Holland will enter the bout as a -175 betting favourite, with Brunson coming again at +145. This bout will definitely be Holland’s hardest take a look at up to now, excluding his short-notice debut vs. Thiago Santos.
If Holland can get previous a longtime veteran like Brunson, particularly through stoppage, it opens up a bunch of contemporary new matchups for the top-5 at middleweight. Catch the primary occasion on ESPN to see Brunson and Holland get after it.
3. UFC debut for a married couple
Whereas not the primary married couple to be signed by the promotion, and doubtless not the final, each JP and Cheyanne Buys minimize their enamel on the regional circuit earlier than being given alternatives to compete on Dana White’s Contender Collection in 2020.
Cheyanne (5-1) has an in depth newbie profession courting again to 2017, the place she competed in opposition to UFC vet Gillian Robertson and former LFA strawweight champion Vanessa Demopoulos. She acquired her shot on the Contender Collection just some months earlier than her husband JP’s second try, the place she grabbed a unanimous choice over Hilarie Rose and was subsequently signed by UFC president Dana White. JP (9-2) had beforehand fought on the Contender Collection in season one, dropping a three-round choice to Joby Sanchez. Nevertheless, his second look noticed him submit opponent Jacob Silva within the first spherical en path to a coveted UFC contract.
Now each competing at UFC Vegas 22 this Saturday, they may look to turn into the primary married couple to win on the identical card. Montana and Mark De La Rosa have been the primary married couple to struggle on the identical card at UFC Rio Rancho, however solely Montana acquired her hand raised that night time whereas husband Mark didn’t.
JP will tackle Brazil’s Bruno Silva, who remains to be looking for his first UFC win after his first three bouts ended with two losses and one no-contest. Cheyanne was initially scheduled to face Kay Hansen, however an harm pressured her out of the bout and has been changed by Invicta FC vet Montserrat Ruiz.
Each husband and spouse are favorites to win their respective bouts, with JP a modest favourite at -160, whereas spouse Cheyanne is a giant favourite at -365.