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Kevin Holland: Derek Brunson has actually been on the hit list for several years

For no. 10 ranked middleweight Kevin Holland, the last fiscal year has actually been merely unbelievable, and not since of the pandemic. He began in 2015 by knocking out Anthony Hernandez within 40 seconds last Might. He continued a historical run as he beat the similarity Joaquin Buckley, Darren Stewart, Charlie Ontiveros, and Jacare Souza all within the year of 2020. Not just did Holland connect the UFC record for many success in a fiscal year with 5, he went on that five-fight winning streak within a seven-month duration. Kevin Holland KOs Jacare Souza at UFC 256 After rightfully making the regard of the fans, fellow fighters and possibly most significantly UFC president Dana White, “Trailblazer” is taking pleasure in the fruits of his labor. Making it to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast Among those high-ends Holland had the ability to take pleasure in because his historical 7 months in 2020, was appearing on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast previously this year. “Dreams do come true. It was super amazing,” Holland stated. “The first show me and my mom ever watched together besides ‘Lifetime’ was ‘Fear Factor.’ So being able to go onto the Joe Rogan podcast to me was amazing.” Holland likewise shared that the transmission to his vehicle broke down on the drive to Rogan’s studio. He stated, if required, he would have taken the difficulty as a token of initiation as an entrant on Worry Aspect. “I would’ve drove my whole car there backwards the whole f—ing time. I love Joe Rogan,” Holland stated. “I’m glad I made that, that was amazing.” Kevin Holland lastly draws Derek Brunson Holland is now concentrated on his centerpiece match versus no. 7 ranked middleweight Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 22. It’s safe to state both fighters have actually had their eyes on one another for a long time now. After Thiago Santos’ choice success over Holland at UFC 227, Brunson offered him props and Holland responded the good news is. Or a minimum of, one would believe. “That was my manager that responded to him on Twitter. I don’t run my Twitter,” Holland stated. “But in 2018, I would have told him thank you just like I would tell him thank you now. It’s just a respectful part of me. But that being said, in 2018 when I got in the UFC after losing to Thiago Santos, I told my manager, ‘We’re staying at 185 pounds. Derek Brunson’s on the hit list.’ So here we are in 2021, Derek Brunson’s here, I’m here. He’s for sure on the hit list, so now I just gotta go hit him.” Some fighters choose to entirely concentrate on the battle in front of them without considering what might be next. UFC Vegas 22 Live Outcomes: Brunson vs. Holland Why is Kevin Holland thinking about a return to welterweight next? While Holland is concentrated on the difficulty that Brunson provides, he has actually offered genuine thought of what he’s interested in next. To the surprise of numerous, it might be a return to welterweight. “I’m definitely focused on the task at hand. But with a victory over Derek Brunson, I keep telling everybody and everybody thinks I’m playin’. I wanna go down to 170 pounds and fight Kamaru Usman for the belt. Or Jorge Masvidal for the BMF belt. One or the other.” Holland sees issues within the middleweight department as an outcome of Israel Adesanya increasing to challenge for the light heavyweight title. When asked if he’d have an interest in the winner of Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum, Holland was honest and truthful (as normal). “If the winner of Kelvin Gastelum and Whittaker is Whittaker, then Whittaker should be fighting for the title,” Holland stated. “Hell, I feel like lowkey Whittaker should be fighting for the title now. But unfinished business between him and Kelvin Gastelum makes sense. The winner of that fight should be fighting for the title.” Simply when individuals begin to believe Holland has actually made a comfortable house for himself in the middleweight department, he doubles back and alters course. Why? Since that’s what a trendsetter does. “Right now, I feel like [middleweight] is kind of stagnant,” Holland stated. “I’d like to create some buzz at 170 and then come back up to 185.” UFC Vegas 22: Brunson vs. Holland Sneak peek Program (Sign Up For MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.