Kevin Holland is excited to make his UFC welterweight debut on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Holland is set to drop down in weight and face Alex Oliveira after going 0-2 and one No Contest in 2021 and decided he needs to make the weight change. It wasn’t a massive surprise as he fought at welterweight on the regional scene and always came under the middleweight limit so on Saturday he will begin his welterweight journey and he promises to perform much better.
“I do feel a little faster,” Holland said at UFC 272 media day. “It’s like a good vehicle. If you got a good car you should put good oil in there, good gas in there, and so on and so forth. I feel like I’m putting the good stuff in the car. I feel like the car will perform a lot better.”
This is no doubt a big fight for Kevin Holland as he looks to get back into the win column in a big way. He gets a favorable matchup against Oliveira as he’s a -335 favorite and he does think ‘Cowboy’ will possibly grapple him on Saturday. But, he expects to put on a show against the legend and get his hand raised.
“I think he’s an OG,” Holland said about Oliveira. “I think he’s a legend. I’m very, very happy to be fighting him. I was motivated, I knew I had to continue to work on the grappling cause that’s what everyone expects to be my downfall. But I also know he’s a good striker.”
Should Holland win on Saturday night it would be a big win for him and would likely get him a ranked opponent at welterweight. He’s already ranked 14th at middleweight and is a big name in the sport but for Holland, all that matters is defeating Alex Oliveira at UFC 272.