Derek Brunson received his MMA battle towards Kevin Holland by unanimous choice of the judges on the evening of Saturday by means of Sunday at UFC evening in Las Vegas. Ambitious earlier than this duel, the loser disenchanted and particularly appeared targeted on Khabib Nurmagomedov, current on the fringe of the octagon.
After 5 consecutive wins in 2020, Kevin Holland had a terrific alternative to maneuver nearer to the highest of the middleweight class of UFC going through Derek Brunson.
But the 28-year-old American fully missed out on his battle on the evening from Saturday to Sunday in Las Vegas and conceded a sixth profession loss (for 21 successes).
Dominated from begin to end by a severe opponent (and higher ranked than him within the division standings), Kevin holland misplaced by unanimous choice of the judges after 5 rounds and 25 minutes of a battle the place he didn’t actually shine (49-45, 49-46, 49-46).
Conversely, Derek Brunson delivered efficiency with specifically 5 takedowns, a document for him and signed a twenty second profession victory (for five defeats) and now hopes for an opportunity towards Paulo Costa (variety of the challengers rating) earlier than, who is aware of, to have a revenge towards the middleweight champion Israel adesanya.
Brunson: “Hit him in the mouth while he spoke”
Beyond his defeat, it’s particularly the conduct of Kevin Holland which challenged through the battle. Rather than focusing on his duel with Brunson, “Trail Blazer” has spoken all through the 5 events.
In explicit with Khabib Nurmagomedov, put in within the entrance row with Dana White. Officially retired since Friday, the legend of MMA has been taken to process by Holland after the primary spherical misplaced to Brunson. Rather than hearken to the recommendation of his clan, the American appeared to need extra recommendation from the Russian with 29 victories (in 29 fights).
Rather comfy within the standing duel, Kevin Holland couldn’t do something on the bottom, besides to whisper just a few phrases in his opponent’s ear throughout a streak on the bottom. Enough to encourage the 37-year-old veteran, and provides him lots of motivation.
“I was so busy trying to punch him in the face while he was speaking that I didn’t pay too much attention,” Derek Brunson stated after his win. “I simply needed to punch him within the mouth whereas he was talking. . “
A defeat that ought to not function a lesson for Kevin Holland. After the battle, “Trail Blaizer” clearly confirmed it in a video message posted on the networks: “I’ll stay myself till I die, launched the phenomenon. I didn’t say that I needed to be champion however slightly that I needed to have time. “