Kevin Holland will practice with Daniel Cormier to repair his wrestling woes


Kevin Holland had a wild 2020, preventing 5 occasions and incomes 5 wins (4 of them by KO/TKO). However whereas his tempo has been related in 2021, the output has not generated the identical outcomes. 4 months into the 12 months, Holland is 0-2 and has solely received one spherical out of the ten he’s fought.

That comes right down to wrestling. Derek Brunson laid out the gameplan to defeat Holland: catch him when he jumps into the clinch throwing punches, then pin him to the bottom and outwrestle him. Marvin Vettori echoed that technique at UFC Vegas 23. A considerably apparent plan on reflection given Holland is extra of a overvalued welterweight than an sincere to God middleweight.

After his final defeat (two weeks in the past!) Kevin stated he was contemplating a battle at 170 kilos. Now he’s saying he additionally wants to repair that wrestling gap.

“Like [Daniel Cormier] stated, gave up plenty of takedowns within the final two fights,” he stated in a post-fight interview with Megan Olivi. “It sucks to not be within the winner’s circle. However on the finish of the day I received a aircraft trip house and going to spend a lotta {dollars} on the woman’s membership, so … it’s not that unhealthy.”

“Once I seen Marvin didn’t have an opponent, the good factor to do would’ve been staying in that bathe and never answering the cellphone name,” he added. “However I by no means stated I used to be good. Brave and an organization man is one thing that I’m. So if folks wish to ridicule that, they will ridicule that. However on the finish of the day, after they wanted any individual to step in, I stepped in.

“I fought seven occasions because the pandemic. I’m gonna go spend a pair days with the child, after which we’ll get again to it. It’s nothing to a sniper. Generally we miss the shot, typically we land the shot. I’m not the one one who misplaced tonight, however I’m the one one which did 5 rounds and didn’t get completed in both one. Towards elite ranges guys every time, you already know?”

As for the way he sees adjustments to his coaching?

“Can’t say an excessive amount of adjustments,” he stated. “We’ll see, I actually don’t know. Go spend a while with DC [Daniel Cormier], for certain, work on a few of that wrestling. Go work on wrestling, be taught to cease a few of these takedowns. Aside from that, usual similar.”

“I’m not gonna change the fighter I’m and try to change into a wrestler simply cuz these guys wanna wrestle. I prefer to strike, I prefer to bang. I simply do a greater job at protecting the battle on the ft and ship some extra knockouts to the folks and that means they’ll be again on the bandwagon, eventually.”

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