Holland Eyes Usman or Masvidal As Subsequent Opponents After UFC Vegas 22

Kevin Holland is at present plotting to make a detour down the 170 freeway and trailblaze a path to welterweight gold following his UFC Vegas 22 bout in opposition to Derek Brunson.

“Don’t overlook your opponent” and “Give attention to the duty at hand” are two aphorisms which have grown ever extra widespread within the sport of MMA lately. Whether or not Kevin Holland is responsible of trying previous fighters (specifically UFC Vegas 22 opponent Derek Brunson) stays recognized to maybe solely him. What we do know is that Holland is all the time prepared for regardless of the future brings.

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His ideas could also be regarding the place he might match on an upcoming card the next week or weeks forward or, as he prompt in a current media scrum, the place he’d slot in one other division. Seemingly contemplating the result of his UFC Vegas 22 bout in opposition to Derek Brunson to be a formality, Holland says a battle in opposition to Kamaru Usman or Jorge Masvidal with a belt on the road would high his want checklist.

“I’m undoubtedly centered on the duty at hand. However a victory over Derek Brunson, I hold telling everyone, everyone in all probability thinks I’m taking part in, I’m gonna go all the way down to 170 kilos and battle Kamaru Usman for the belt or Jorge Masvidal for his BMF belt, one or the opposite,” Holland advised reporters. 

“Image-perfect world, I’d do Jorge Masvidal at a catchweight, then I’ll do Usman at 170. I wakened at present at 188 kilos. I ain’t cuttin’ no weight for this battle.”

Holland Places Struggle In opposition to Adesanya On The Again Burner

As Holland envisions it, he desires to drop all the way down to welterweight and create some buzz earlier than returning again as much as middleweight after the division is now not stagnant. Holland blames the present stagnation on champion Israel Adesanya, who not too long ago took a divisional detour of his personal when he unsuccessfully challenged Jan Blachowicz for the sunshine heavyweight title at UFC 259.

Adesanya noticed his strides towards extra gold peter out within the championship rounds and can now be stepping again all the way down to middleweight within the close to future. The Final Stylebender has said that one particular person he doesn’t count on to see upon return or any time quickly is Kevin Holland, who he believes has extra work to be carried out. This all factored into Holland’s desire to make a fast go to to welterweight whereas every little thing at 185 kinds itself out.

“With the quote unquote ‘ex-champ’ (since he’s coming off a loss) saying I don’t deserve a title shot proper after this one, it is smart,” Holland says on the welterweight pit cease.”He’s not doing something however repeating what I advised him final 12 months once we seen one another. I advised him I’d have 4, 5 extra wins earlier than I might see him. So after I see him, I’m gonna ensure I take him out.”

What are your ideas on Kevin Holland’s plans to drop all the way down to welterweight to battle Kamaru Usman or Jorge Masvidal after UFC Vegas 22?

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