Not only does Kevin Holland want to end a two-fight streak tomorrow night (October 2, 2021) when he meets Kyle Daukaus at UFC Vegas 38 live on ESPN+ from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, but “Trailblazer” hopes to make huge improvements in his show game.
While the Netherlands is known for wild attacking and high finishing rates, the middleweight contender has been outdone on the mat in his last two matches. Holland had won five times in a row before facing Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson, who used takedowns in bunches to subdue “Trailblazer”.
Holland made it a point to work on his wrestling for the past five months to give himself the best chance of climbing the 185-pound ranks.
“Personally, I thought I was good at wrestling before I was beaten by (Derek) Brunson and (Marvin) Vettori. So hopefully it got better,” Holland told reporters (h/t Sportskeeda) earlier this week. “I mean, at the end of the day, Dana White told me to go fix some stuff. So, I mean, if the boss tells you to do something, you do what the boss tells you to do if you want to keep cashing a check, right?”
Holland, 28, remains one of the more promising talents in the middleweight division. If he can resolve his struggle and show that inside of the cage, it will only lead to more high-profile matchups for the one they call “Big Mouth.” More matchups will lead to more paychecks, which seems to be feeding the Netherlands these days.
After all, “Trailblazer” doesn’t want to end up like former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, who he says is “broken as af-k”.
“So, I mean, I know they’ll all say I kissed them on the butt afterwards during the interviews and stuff like that, but I really don’t care. I do what I have to do so I can keep getting paid. That way I don’t have to be like Luke Rockhold – retire and then come back because I’m broke as af-k. You know what I mean? So yes.”
Fortunately, Holland and Rockhold are competing in the same weight class, so there’s a chance the two will meet down the line. Rockhold is expected to make his middleweight return in November against rising contender Sean Strickland at UFC 268.
As for the Netherlands, he will have his hands full with Daukaus in the co-main event this weekend at UFC Vegas 38.
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