Vettori’s original opponent, Darren Till, withdrew from the fight a few days ago due to an injury. Kevin Holland is now stepping in on short notice to replace Till and fight Vettori.
MMA journalist Marcel dorff reported that, according to the Vettori podcast, Marvin Vettori’s fight against Kevin Holland will indeed take place at UFC Vegas 23.
Kevin Holland’s most recent fight was a unanimous decision loss to Derek Brunson in the UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland (March 2021). On the other hand, Marvin Vettori’s most recent fight was a unanimous decision victory over Jack Hermansson in the UFC over ESPN: Hermansson vs. Vettori (December 2020).
Kevin Holland took to his official Twitter account to post a video referencing April 10, when the UFC Vegas 23 event will take place. Holland also tweeted that he had already accepted the fight. Marvin Vettori confirmed the fight via his Instagram account.
Kevin Holland carved his name in the history books last year (2020) by claiming five consecutive victories in the Octagon in a calendar year. Holland are tied with veteran MMA fighters Roger Huerta and Neil Magny for most UFC wins in a calendar year.
As 2021 approaches, the vast majority of Mma fans and experts alike expected Kevin Holland to reach great heights of success. The Trailblazer aka Big Mouth was on the verge of winning the UFC middleweight title. The only obstacle standing between Holland and a gold shot in the UFC was perennial middleweight contender Derek Brunson.
Kevin Holland and Derek Brunson faced off inside the Octagon in a five-round middleweight bout that saw Brunson deftly neutralize dangerous Holland. Brunson turned the fight into a wrestling affair and outshone dangerous knockout artist Holland, en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Kevin Holland takes on Marvin Vettori in a really well-balanced UFC middleweight battle
Derek Brunson is widely regarded as one of the top grapplers in the UFC middleweight division. Considering this, Kevin Holland getting beaten by Brunson doesn’t change the fact that Holland is still one of the most complete fighters in the division.
UFC No.10 ranked middleweight Kevin Holland will now face No.6 ranked Marvin Vettori in a five-round bout against middleweight at UFC Vegas 23 on April 10, 2021. Like of Kevin Holland, Marvin Vettori has been praised time and time again for his well-rounded skills in MMA.
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