Kevin Holland went unbeaten over 5 fights in 2020 and set a file within the course of. 2021 has not began off fairly as he would have hoped. ‘Trailblazer’ is 0-2 in his first two fights this yr, which has taken place simply three weeks aside.
Holland’s first struggle this yr was towards Derek Brunson, who was capable of neutralize his putting by exposing a gaping gap in his recreation. Brunson was capable of land takedowns early and infrequently towards Holland, who confirmed little to no resistance.
After Until pulled out of his struggle towards Vettori, ‘Trailblazer’ stepped in to take the struggle on brief discover. Subsequently, he didn’t have sufficient time to work on his takedown protection. ‘The Italian Dream’ used the identical recreation plan Brunson did and secured a unanimous choice win to sentence Holland to consecutive defeats.
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Kevin Holland admits the shortcomings in his MMA recreation
Whereas sharing his ideas on the struggle throughout the post-fight press convention, he mentioned, “Can’t say an excessive amount of modifications. We’ll see what it’s. I truthfully don’t know. Go spend a while with D.C. (Daniel Cormier) for certain, work on a few of these wrestling issues. Go work on wrestling after all. Learn to cease a few of these takedowns. Apart from that, standard identical.”
‘Trailblazer’ continued, “I’m not going to alter the fighter I’m and attempt to turn into a wrestler simply because all these guys wish to wrestle. It’s like, I prefer to strike, I prefer to bang. I simply [need] to do a greater job of maintaining the struggle up on its ft and ship some extra knockouts to the individuals and that method they’ll be again on the bandwagon in the end.”
Holland did enhance his takedown protection and confirmed extra urgency to get again to his ft towards ‘The Italian Dream’. Regardless of that, he nonetheless suffered 11 takedowns over the course of 25 grueling minutes. Therefore the Italian fighter set the UFC middleweight file for many takedowns landed in a single struggle.
Transferring ahead, ‘Trailblazer’ should work extensively on his floor recreation and takedown protection if he desires to make his method again to the highest once more and probably problem for the title someday.
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