The UFC is eying an exciting match between Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus set to take place on October 2.
The #14 ranked Holland will look to re-establish his name in the middleweight division after suffering back-to-back losses. The news was first reported by sources at MMA Fighting. In addition, a location or venue has yet to be announced.
The lengthy Holland is always exciting to watch given his reach advantage but lately the 28-year old been struggling to keep up with the wrestling skills of his opponents in his last two fights. Standing at 6 foot 3, Holland is a puzzling foe while standing and has a great repertoire of strikes to choose from.
Following his two defeats to Derek Brunson and Marvin Vettori, the middleweight decided enough was enough, and it was time to seek wrestling help.
Since then, Holland has joined forces with American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) and hasn’t looked back. So, perhaps we may see a different Holland when he faces Daukaus on Oct. 2.
Daukaus Looking To Make A Name Off Kevin Holland
The 28-year old Daukaus last competed in the Octagon when he took on Phil Hawes in May but dropped a unanimous decision loss. The pairing with Holland will no doubt give the #14 ranked middleweight a challenge because Daukaus is known for his grappling and submission expertise. In fact, Daukaus has 8 submissions on his record so he’s certainly dangerous on the ground.
As a former Cage Fury Fighting Championship (CFFC) middleweight champ, Daukaus is accustomed to the bright lights, and despite alternating wins and losses with the UFC, will look to turn a corner on Oct. 2 against a ranked opponent. The matchup is without a doubt intriguing because the UFC decided to pair Holland with a wrestler to test the newly found skills he’s picked up at AKA.
With the addition of Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukaus added to the UFC card on Oct. 2 here is the current lineup:
- Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker
- Grant Dawson vs. Diego Ferreira
- Jared Gordon vs. Joe Solecki
- Bethe Correia vs. Karol Rosa
- Fernando Padilla vs. Sean Soriano
- Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Gaetano Pirrello
- Kyle Daukaus vs. Kevin Holland
Who do you favor in the middleweight fight between Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukaus?