Kevin Holland eyeing fight with Belal Muhammad at welterweight

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Kevin Holland is ready to go down to 170lbs after losing to Derek Brunson in a five-round fight last weekend at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Kevin Holland’s five fight winning streak came to an end after Derek Brunson defeated him in a one-sided fight. Holland was unable to stop the takedowns and Brunson had a field day with him inside the cage.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: Kevin Holland celebrates his KO victory over Jacare Souza of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Following the loss, Kevin Holland said that he was going to work with a nutritionist and go down to 170lbs.

Honestly, I’d like to get a nutritionist and try 170,” Kevin Holland said on the ESPN post-fight show. “Those boys are heavy in there at 85. It’s nothing I just can’t deal with. It’s just something that when you fight for 25 minutes, you think about that type of stuff.

So if I could try a 70 fight, that would be awesome. Belal kept mentioning my name getting ready for this fight, and I kept commenting on his little stuff. Belal [Muhammad is] coming off an eyepoke, I’m coming off a loss. We wanted to fight before. Why not do it now?

Kevin Holland overthought inside the Octagon

This was Kevin Holland’s first ever five-round fight and he was overthinking inside the cage and he should have stepped in the gas right from the beginning.

Let’s go back to 15 minutes,” Holland joked about his first main event length octagon fight. “I think I overthought it the whole week about it being 25 minutes, and then wrestling the whole time getting ready for the fight was rough, sparring 25 minutes the whole time was rough.

So I think I was just overthinking it. And then the last two rounds, I was like, oh crap, this ain’t that bad. I probably should have pushed it from the beginning, but sh*t, props to Brunson.” (H/T – MMAFighting)

How do you guys think Kevin Holland will perform at 170 lbs? Who do you guys think wins in a fight between Holland and Belal Muhammad? Let us know in the comment section below.


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