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KEVIN HOLLAND

AGE

26

RECORD

14-4-0

REACH

81"

HEIGHT

6”3"

WEIGHT

185LB

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

PHALANX MMA ACADEMY

HOMETOWN

FORTH WORTH, TEXAS, US

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT MARCH 2019 UFC ON ESPN 2 – VS GERALD MEERSCHAERT

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (SPLIT)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Holland is in the orthodox stance. Gerald is in the southpaw stance. Holland takes the outside position and starts opening up with the kicks. Nice front kick to the body lands for Holland. Gerald times the next kick and scores a single leg takedown. Gerald ends up in the guillotine choke! Holland is squeezing! Gerald is trying to defend! 1st min in, Gerald is in all sorts of trouble! It looks like Gerald is fine. He escapes the choke. Both fighters are scrambling as Gerald shoots for the guillotine choke! Holland is in the guard position. He escapes the submission but Gerald shoots once again! It looks tight!!! Holland is in trouble!!! The choke is tight!!! Halfway in, Holland is fighting the hands of Gerald. Holland is looking calm and patient. He escapes the choke! Both fighters are displaying great grappling skills. Holland is on top and he is working for a position. Gerald stands up and follows with a clinch. Gerald takes the body lock and drags Holland down to the mat. Gerald takes the back of Holland! He shoots for the rear-naked choke!!! He switches to the bulldog choke!!! Holland shows great submission defense as he escapes and shoots for the guillotine choke! This is insane! 1 min to go, Holland switches to the ground and pound. Gerald scrambles and gives his back. Holland is landing hard elbows! He takes the full mount! Gerald scrambles and Holland quickly sets up the guillotine! Gerald is out the danger. Holland lands a couple of hard hammer fists as the round ends. 10-9 Holland

Rd 2 – Holland opens the round with a leg kick. Gerald moves in and eats a hard right hook! Holland is looking sharp! Gerald spots the danger on the feet and shoots for a single leg takedown. Gerald gets the takedown but fails to establish the position. Holland finds his way up against the fence. 1st min in, Gerald is controlling Holland against the fence. He takes the body lock but fails to drag Holland down. Gerald lifts Holland up and scores the takedown. However, Holland rolls backwards and escapes. Gerald stays on the mat. He is looking exhausted. Holland jumps on him and sinks in the guillotine choke! Gerald is defending well. He escapes and now shoots for the arm triangle choke! Holland defends. Gerald is in the guard position. Gerald is putting strong pressure on Holland. Halfway in, Gerald is already busted up. He postures and lands a couple of elbows. Holland shoots for the triangle choke! Gerald defends the submission. Holland rolls backwards and gives his back to Gerald. Holland displays great scrambles as he reverses the position but Gerald responds and finishes on top. Gerald takes the back of Holland and puts both hooks in. 1 min to go, Gerald is showing nice top control. Both fighters are looking tired. This is a pure grappling match. Holland scrambles and ends up in the full mount! He is throwing hard punches! Gerald rolls and gives his back. Holland continues with the hard ground and pound! 10-9 Holland

Rd 3 – Holland continues to work with a couple of leg kicks. Gerald is looking for a way in. Inside leg kick drops Gerald! He is looking completely exhausted! Holland moves in and easily takes the body lock. He drags Gerald down to the mat. 1st min in, Gerald shoots for the guillotine choke! He readjusts! Holland is defending well. Holland picks Gerald up and escapes the submission. Gerald is holding on the single leg and eating punches from the top! Those strikes are not powerful but Holland stays busy. Gerald scrambles and reverses the position! Great move by Gerald. Gerald is working for a position. Halfway in, Gerald is landing with a left hand. Holland explodes back to his feet. Gerald follows with a clinch against the fence. Gerald takes the body lock and starts working for a takedown. Holland fires a big elbow and lands! Gerald is resting on Holland. Gerald explodes with a body lock and takes Holland down. 1 min to go, Gerald is in the half guard. Both fighters are passive. Holland works his way up. The referee warns fighters to work. Gerald separates and lands a couple of punches in the last seconds of the fight. 10-9 Gerald

WATCH FIGHT

NOVEMBER 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 141 – VS JOHN PHILLIPS

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Phillips is in the southpaw stance. Holland is in the orthodox stance. Phillips takes the center. Holland opens the fight with a couple of sidekicks. Phillips establishes the forward pressure. Holland is moving on the outside. Holland is looking more relaxed. Phillips closes the distance but misses with the punches. He continues the attack and lands a right hand. Holland counters with a two-punch combo and lands! 1st min in, big body kick lands for Holland! Phillips is looking for his way in. Holland continues to work the body of Phillips with the kicks. Hard front kick hurts Phillips! Holland moves in and lands a right hand! Phillips is moving backwards. Holland is destroying Phillips with the kicks and punches! Holland is showing great boxing skills. Hard right hand lands for Holland! Holland is mixing his striking well. Halfway in Holland backs off and moves to the center. He wants to save his energy. Phillips moves in with the punches. Holland clinches and lands a couple of hard knees to the body!  Holland is looking like a much faster during the exchanges. Phillips has a hard time timing his attacks. Nice body shot lands for Phillips. Holland is doing a good job keeping his distance with the kicks. Holland lands a kick to the groins. The referee stops the fight and gives Phillips time to recover. The fight continues in the center. Holland lands a sidekick. Phillips explodes with the left hook and lands! Holland felt that one for sure. 1 min to go, Holland is throwing a lot of side-kicks in this round. He is clearly taking advantage of being first. Phillips is loading his fists, looking to explode. Holland explodes with the flying knee! He misses but follows with the left elbow! Phillips loses his balance and goes down! Holland follows him on the mat and unloads with the hammer fists! 10-9 Holland

Rd 2 – Phillips takes the center. Holland continues to move on the outside. Holland continues with the side-kicks. He is destroying the lead leg of Phillips. Holland fires a one-two combination. Phillips throws a perfectly timed right hook and cracks Holland! Phillips looks confident as he starts walking Holland down. He explodes with the punches against the fence! Holland is doing a good job slipping the punches! Phillips connects with a hard right hand! Holland counters with a nasty elbow over the top! Phillips continues with the pressure! He is swinging power punches like a mad man! Holland is showing great boxing defense. Phillips slows down. Holland is patient; he is picking up his shots. Phillips explodes once again with the punches over the top. Holland blocks most of them. Halfway in, Phillips is very aggressive in this round. Big one-two lands for Holland! He follows with the double jab. Phillips is breathing heavily. Holland is constantly landing with the jab and body kicks. Phillips explodes once again but fails to land anything significant. 1 min to go, Phillips initiates the clinch against the fence. He unloads with a couple of hard hooks to the body. Holland separates. Phillips quickly closes the distance and lands a right hook to the body. Holland wakes up in the last seconds of the round and lands a couple of nice kicks. 10-9 Phillips

Rd 3 – Phillips takes the center. He moves in with a right hand. Holland times the single leg and scores a takedown! Holland immediately takes the back of Phillips! He is landing hard right hands! Phillips tries to stand up but Holland picks him up and slams him down once again! Holland is putting strong pressure on Phillips. 1st min in, Phillips is looking tired! Holland is looking to put both hooks in. Big elbow lands for Holland! He takes the body triangle and starts working for the submission. Phillips is defending well so far. He explodes to his right and manages to stand up! Halfway in, Holland quickly takes the double leg and scores another powerful takedown. Holland jumps into side control. He makes a quick transition to the full mount! Phillips is in trouble! Holland is showing excellent top control! Phillips rolls to his right and manages to reverse the position! Great move by Phillips! Holland tries to set up the triangle choke but Phillips escapes and stands up. Holland follows him and grabs the double leg. Holland scores another takedown. Holland steps over and takes the back of Phillips! Phillips leaves the open neck! Holland sets up the rear-naked choke!!! Phillips taps out!!!

WATCH FIGHT

AUGUST 2018 UFC 227 – VS THIAGO SANTOS

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis

Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Holland is bouncing on the outside. He opens the fight with a couple of kicks. He is throwing wild sidekicks to the body. Santos has enough of this and he explodes with a big left hand! Holland explodes with a kick to the body. Santos grabs the single leg and scores the takedown. He takes the guard position and starts working with the elbows. Holland shoots for the armbar!!! It looks tight!!! 1st min in, Santos escapes and starts exploding with bombs!!! Hard shots are landing for Santos! Holland is defending on the bottom. Santos explodes with the elbows! He is destroying Holland early in the fight! Holland returns fire from the bottom. Santos backs off and stands. Big leg kick lands for Santos! Holland is exploding with the up kicks from the bottom. Santos jumps right back on him and starts unloading with the big ground and pound! Halfway in, Holland is taking a lot of damage. However, Santos is using a lot of energy early in the fight. He is working from the closed guard. Holland is covering himself well. Santos is dropping everything on Holland! He is dominating the fight. Holland rolls and gives his back to Santos. He scrambles once again and gets his guard back. Nice elbow lands for Holland! He is active from the bottom. 1 min to go, Santos postures and lands a couple of hard punches! He stands up. Both fighters are on their feet. Santos is the aggressor. Holland explodes with a right hand, just misses. Holland is swinging like a mad man! Santos initiates the clinch and takes the body lock. 10-9 Santos

 

Rd 2- Santos takes the center. Hard kick to the body lands for Santos! Holland returns with a straight right hand. Both fighters exchange leg kicks. Santos lands a kick to the groins. The referee stops the fight and gives Holland time to recover. The fight continues. Both fighters are missing with the punches. Santos connects with a head kick! Holland absorbs! Santos shoots for a double leg takedown and gets it! Santo is looking for the head-arm choke. He is turning Holland away from the fence. Santos is in the full-mount. Holland explodes from the bottom and manages to get back to his feet. Santos is destroying Holland with the kicks. Hard step in a left hook to the body lands for Santos! He is looking sharp and confident. Santos level changes and initiates the clinch against the fence. Halfway in, Santos drags Holland down to the mat. He is landing with a right hand. Big knees to the body are landing for Santos. Holland manages to stand up and starts eating hard elbows. Big spinning elbow lands for Holland! Santos is hurt!!! Holland pushes forward and Santos responds with the clinch. Santos is controlling Holland against the fence. Holland shoots for the kimura! He is in the side control! 1 min to go, Santos is defending well. Holland steps into the half guard position. He is looking to step over into the mount. He is working for the guillotine choke. Santos scrambles and defends. Holland is back into side control. 10-9 Santos

 

Rd 3 – Both fighters are patient. Santos opens the round with a kick to the body. He closes the distance and lands a nice left straight. Santos goes high with the kick, blocked by Holland. Holland counters with a left hook and lands! Santos closes the distance and initiates the clinch. He scores a double leg takedown. 1st min in, Santos is in the side control. He is landing hard hammer fists! Holland is showing his toughness. Holland scrambles and Santos steps into the mount position! Santos sets up the arm triangle choke! Holland is in trouble! Holland escapes but starts eating hard ground and pound!! Holland scrambles. Santos backs off. Both fighters are back on their feet.  Santos immediately explodes with a big left hand! Both fighters are swinging! Santos is destroying Holland! He is landing hard punches! Halfway in,  Holland dives for a takedown. Santos is controlling the neck of Holland. Both fighters are scrambling as Santos ends up in the mount position! Santos is landing hard punches from the top position! Holland is rolling to his left in order to avoid more damage. Santos shoots for the arm triangle once again! It looks tight!!! 1 min to go, Holland scrambles and escapes! Holland is displaying great submission defense. Holland scrambles and gets his guard back. Santos is dominating the fight. 10-9 Santos

 

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

18 MATCHES 17 WINS 4 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 6 0
SUBMISSION 6 1
DECISION 2 3
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Holland is the aggressive well-rounded fighter with insane grappling skills.
  • He is the Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt and a Kung Fu black belt.
  • As of the Gerald fight, Holland had 6th most significant strikes landed in UFC Middleweight Division (123).
  • Holland prefers to be on the mat. However, he is not afraid to stand and bang as seen against Santos and Phillips.
  • His submission defense is insane. He has defended a couple of deep chokes against Gerald and Santos.
  • He has very good kicks. He throws them with a lot of power and precision as seen against Phillips.
  • Holland is using his height and reach advantage well as seen against Gerald and Phillips.
  • However, he had a hard time keeping his distance against Santos.
  • It looks like Holland is too relaxed inside the Octagon. Sometimes, he is looking like he doesn’t know what he is doing by firing weird kicks and punches.
  • His conditioning is very good. He was fighting a high pace fights against Santos and Gerald and has not been slowing down at any moment.