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Kevin Holland: I’m not going to change the fighter I am.

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  1. KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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    Kevin Holland knows there’s work to be done in the wrestling room after back-to-back losses where he spent the majority of the fight on his back but he’s also not going to completely alter the way he approaches his fights.

    After falling to Derek Brunson in a grappling heavy performance just a few weeks ago, Holland accepted a short notice main event opportunity against Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 23 but the result was almost exactly the same.

    Despite his best efforts to out strike Vettori on the feet, Holland ended up being taken down 11 times during the fight, which was a new record for the middleweight division. While Holland definitely plans on addressing some of the shortcomings with his wrestling, he’s not trying to re-invent the wheel when it comes to his strategy moving forward.

    “Can’t say too much changes,” Holland said about his training when speaking during the UFC Vegas 23 post fight show. “We’ll see what it is. I honestly don’t know. Go spend some time with D.C. (Daniel Cormier) for sure, work on some of those wrestling things. Go work on wrestling of course. Learn how to stop some of these takedowns. Other than that, same old same.

    “I’m not going to change the fighter I am and try and become a wrestler just because all these guys want to wrestle. It’s like, I like to strike, I like to bang. I just [need] to do a better job of keeping the fight up on its feet and deliver some more knockouts to the people and that way they’ll be back on the bandwagon sooner or later.”

    Admittedly, Holland didn’t really have much time to address the errors in his previous loss because he made such a quick turnaround to accept the fight against Vettori on Saturday.

    Brunson put together a winning blueprint to beat Holland after grounding the outspoken middleweight numerous times over five rounds in their clash back in March.

    “I’m not going to change the fighter I am and try and become a wrestler just because all these guys want to wrestle. It’s like, I like to strike, I like to bang. I just [need] to do a better job of keeping the fight up on its feet and deliver some more knockouts to the people and that way they’ll be back on the bandwagon sooner or later.”

    Admittedly, Holland didn’t really have much time to address the errors in his previous loss because he made such a quick turnaround to accept the fight against Vettori on Saturday.

    Brunson put together a winning blueprint to beat Holland after grounding the outspoken middleweight numerous times over five rounds in their clash back in March.

    Vettori then did much the same as he consistently worked his way inside and constantly brought Holland back down to the mat with him. While Holland was able to scramble free more often against Vettori than he did with Brunson, he still ended up on his back again and again over five rounds.

    “Not really got time at the gym or anything,” Holland said about improving between fights. “I just went out there and gave you guys a little bit more, just tried to give it to you guys, what you guys wanted. At the end of the day, I believe in every fighter getting his check and I believe in everybody going out there and getting a chance to perform. So when I seen Marvin didn’t have an opponent, it’s like the smart thing to do would have been staying in that shower, not answering the phone call but I never said I was smart. But courageous and a company man is something that I am so if people want to ridicule that, they can ridicule that but at the end of the day when they needed somebody to step in.

    “I fought seven times since the pandemic [started]. I’m going to go spend a couple of days with the kid and then we’ll get back to it. It’s nothing to a sniper. Sometimes we miss the shot, sometimes we land the shot. I’m not the only one who lost tonight but I’m the only one who did five rounds and didn’t get finished by either one against elite level guys each time.”

    Judging by his reaction, Holland isn’t getting too mired in the doldrums of defeat while openly acknowledging what went wrong for the second consecutive fight in a row.

    “Like D.C. said, gave up a lot of takedowns in the past two fights,” Holland said. “It sucks not to be in the winner’s circle but at the end of the day, I’ve got a plane flight home and I’m going to spend a lot of dollars at the ladies’ clubs. Not that bad.”

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  2. Slatersan Black Belt

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    Holland comes off like he has the same intelligence as a peanut. No one thinks hes going to become a wrestler, they just want him to work on his non existent tdd. He gets grapple fucked by strikers.
     
  3. Losfer Words Brown Belt

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    If its broke, dont fix it
     
  4. Straatblaffer Brown Belt

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    Hmm, he really has to work on TDD escapes. His last 2 fights where boring af and if he did not KO Jacare, that fight would be a loss as well
     
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  5. Memeojima Brown Belt

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    Then enjoy bellator
     
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  6. Slatersan Black Belt

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  7. BRASIL WAND Banned Banned

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    I guess that shuts down the “Holland with Takedown Defense” myth before it even gets started...


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  8. LeBron Green Belt

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    This guy is a clown. He will be out of the UFC very soon.
     
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  9. Dog Gynecologist Reug Reug Stan Account

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    Nonsense ! He need more spinning technique and better jokes to throw in the cage !
     
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  10. giovanni_ss Taeyeon Belt

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    He really might be going to train in Dagestan for 9 months

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  11. New Yorkido Blue Belt

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    if the hype isnt backed up by the deeds, the clowns quickly fall off into oblivion. this guy isn't an exception to this rule. Lol of the fucken month when he was trash talking Khamzat just few month ago.
     
  12. DoctorDeelon Green Belt

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    There's no reason why he should change. Just work on the takedown defence and keep being yourself. He's made a pretty big name for himself already.
     
  13. Straatblaffer Brown Belt

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  14. EVIL WAR GOD Black Belt

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    He should try talking more.
     
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    if he wants to keep losing, so be it.
     
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  16. Volador Black Belt

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    The only thing this dude should be saying in any interview is "Yeah, I'll work on my takedown defense". That's it, no need for long ass speeches. He has potential and physical gifts and was catching Vettori in every exchange, rocked Brunson too, he just gets taken down ridiculously easy.

    Maybe stop fighting every 2 weeks, gain a couple pounds and stop spending $10k a month in shoes, although that's optional.

    Hips brather, it's all about the hips. Footwork, you have boxing style, this is very important.
     
  17. textwarrior Purple Belt

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    Although, I like how active he is as a fighter which must have pluses..
    His negatives in fighting too frequently is he does not have the time to develop his weaker skill set.
     
  18. Tweak896 Black Belt

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    You can't stay the same and expect different results.
     
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  19. Canarinha Blue Belt

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    Thats a man with no ambition to achieve greatness

    That is straight up loser mentality talk and nothing else. He is only fighting for the paycheck it is reeeeally obvious now.
     
  20. Qays Stetkevich Purple Belt

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    I actually think Holland is a pretty bright guy (at least for UFC roster -_- ). His fight IQ/tdd ability are problematic, of course.
     
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