MMA Fighter of the Week: Kevin Holland
By Dan McConnell
With the UFC returning home to US soil after their stint in Abu Dhabi, with the legend of Anderson Silva headlined their latest fight night card.
A highly entertaining card in the fight capital of the world Las Vegas, was expected to be Silva’s last fight inside the octagon at the age of 45.
Also, on Friday night Bellator held an under the radar super-fight between current welterweight champ Douglas Lima and former middleweight title holder Gegard Mousasi.
This weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week award may be a surprising one to many. But this fighter became only the third UFC fighter to fight and win 4 times in a calendar year.
27-year old Kevin Holland picked up his fourth win this year with victory over Charlie Ontiveros on Saturday night. These four matchups came inside a total of six months!
Holland lived up to the ‘anywhere, any place and anytime’ tagline who has now skyrocketed his career to 20-5, with four wins on the bounce and momentum on his side.
He also lived up to his nickname ‘Trail Blazer’ bouncing up and down from welterweight to middleweight, taking every opportunity the UFC handed him during this uncertain time.
His first win of this run came over Anthony Hernandez via TKO in early May. Then an impressive TKO finish over Joaquin Buckley in August earned him a performance of the night bonus.
Holland then beat Darren ‘The Dentist’ Stewart in a clinic of a decision victory performance back in September. Topping off his fourth victory with a submission to slam TKO this weekend, to earn a second performance of the night bonus.
Holland called out current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who was in attendance on Saturday night to witness the final fight of former middleweight champion and future UFC Hall of Famer Anderson Silva.
Only two other 185-pounders have gone 4-0 in a calendar year, Israel Adesanya in 2018 and also Gegard Mousasi in 2016.
Kevin Holland will now look to write the next chapter in his young but experienced career and prove why he is a sleeping giant at the top of the middleweight division.