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UFC Vegas 23: Kevin Holland has been confirmed as Marvin Vettori's new main event opponent

Kevin Holland (left); Marvin Vettori (right)
Kevin Holland (left); Marvin Vettori (right)
Johny Payne
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Modified 02 Apr 2021
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Kevin Holland has been confirmed as Marvin Vettori’s new main event opponent for UFC Vegas 23.

Vettori’s original opponent, Darren Till, withdrew from the fight a few days back due to an injury. Kevin Holland is now stepping in on short notice to replace Till and fight Vettori.

MMA journalist Marcel Dorff reported that, per the Vettori podcast, Marvin Vettori's fight against Kevin Holland will indeed be taking place at UFC Vegas 23.

Kevin Holland’s most recent fight was a unanimous decision loss against Derek Brunson at UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland (March 2021). On the other hand, Marvin Vettori’s most recent fight was a unanimous decision win over Jack Hermansson at UFC on ESPN: Hermansson vs. Vettori (December 2020).

Kevin Holland has taken to his official Twitter account to put forth a video, referencing April 10th, which is the date when the UFC Vegas 23 event will take place. Holland also tweeted that he's already accepted the fight. Marvin Vettori has confirmed the fight via his Instagram account.

Kevin Holland etched his name in the history books last year (2020) by earning five consecutive wins inside the octagon within a calendar year. Holland is tied with veteran MMA fighters Roger Huerta and Neil Magny for the most UFC wins in a calendar year.

Heading into 2021, the vast majority of MMA fans and experts expected Kevin Holland to scale great heights of success. The Trailblazer aka Big Mouth was on the cusp of a shot at the UFC middleweight title. The only hurdle that stood between Holland and a shot at UFC gold was perennial middleweight contender Derek Brunson.

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Kevin Holland and Derek Brunson faced off inside the octagon in a five-round middleweight bout that witnessed Brunson craftily neutralize the dangerous Holland. Brunson turned the fight into a grappling-heavy affair and outworked the dangerous KO artist Holland, en route to a unanimous decision win.

Kevin Holland faces Marvin Vettori in a battle of truly well-rounded UFC middleweights

Kevin Holland (left); Marvin Vettori (right)
Kevin Holland (left); Marvin Vettori (right)

Derek Brunson is widely regarded as one of the best grapplers in the UFC middleweight division. Considering that, Kevin Holland getting out-grappled by Brunson doesn’t change the fact that Holland still is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the division.

The No. 10 ranked UFC middleweight, Kevin Holland, will now fight the No. 6 ranked Marvin Vettori in a five-round middleweight bout at UFC Vegas 23 on April 10th, 2021. Akin to Kevin Holland, Marvin Vettori has time and again been praised for his well-rounded MMA skill-set.

Which fighter do you see emerging victorious in the Kevin Holland vs. Marvin Vettori matchup? Sound off in the comments.

Published 02 Apr 2021, 05:12 IST
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