UFC Vegas 22: Kevin Holland prepared for a ‘complete new ballgame’ in 2021

Kevin Holland met with media forward of his five-round middleweight bout in UFC Vegas 22’s essential occasion.

It’ll be nearly not possible for UFC middleweight Kevin Holland to high the slew of success he earned in 2020. After garnering recognition because the UFC’s male-fighter of the yr from MMA Junkie, Holland has his sights set on Derek Brunson in UFC Vegas 22‘s essential occasion Saturday night time.

“Final yr was final yr and this yr is that this yr,” mentioned Holland. “It’s a complete new yr a complete new ballgame a complete new state of affairs. Final yr I used to be scorching and prepared, this yr we’ll see if I’m nonetheless scorching and prepared. If the hand’s nonetheless scorching then he’ll drop, so we’ll see.”

Holland made light-work of the UFC’s 185-pound division final yr, amassing an ideal 5-0 document on the COVID-crazed calendar. The “trailblazer” earned Efficiency of the Night time honors in three of these bouts, needing the judges to get his hand raised simply as soon as over that stretch. The five-fight resume in 2020 tied him with Neil Magny and Roger Huerta for essentially the most in a single yr by any fighter in UFC middleweight historical past. Don’t look know, however Holland says that document might quickly be all his.

“I’m simply attempting to interrupt that document. I really feel prefer it’s a straightforward document to interrupt. Six fights in a single yr, seven fights in a single yr, eight fights in a single yr. I might try this, that wouldn’t be an issue.”

Kevin Holland will face Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 22

The person standing in Holland’s manner this weekend, Derek Brunson, shouldn’t be ignored. In reality, Brunson has compiled fairly the successful streak of his personal within the UFC’s middleweight division. The nine-year promotional veteran is 3-0 over his final three contests, together with his final defeat coming from middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 230 in 2018.

But when all goes in keeping with plan for Holland at UFC Vegas 22 on Saturday night time, he’ll don’t have any drawback incomes one other end and beginning his new yr off proper.

“If a fast knockout occurs, I will likely be glad. If a fast submission occurs I will likely be glad,” Holland mentioned. “I don’t plan on being there a full 25 minutes. By the point we begin preventing it’ll be shut to 10 o’clock at night time, in Texas that’s 12. That’s near my bedtime, so I gotta get him in and get him out.”

UFC Vegas 22 takes place on Saturday, March 20, 2021, reside from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Observe together with FanSided for all of your reside information and highlights.

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