LAS VEGAS – Kevin Holland is in the thick of his first weight slash down to the UFC welterweight division, and he acknowledged the complete lot to this level goes in step with concept sooner than UFC 272.
After spending all of his octagon appearances as a lot as now in the middleweight division, Holland (21-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC) lastly determined to drag the trigger on a protracted-mentioned dropdown. He’ll have his introduction to the division on Saturday when he meets Alex Oliveira (21-11-1 MMA, 11-9 UFC) on the pay-per-search main card at T-Cell Enviornment.
Holland had mixed outcomes at 185 kilos, but admits there were some downsides to combating in that division. He’s been forced to hone in his training, focal level, and food plot to construct up down to 170 kilos, and he can look the positives of that resolution even sooner than stepping in the octagon.
“I enact in fact feel a petite bit faster,” Holland suggested journalists, along side MMA Junkie, at Wednesday’s UFC 272 media day. “It’s adore a upright vehicle. Even as you bought a upright vehicle it’s significant to gentle build upright oil in there, upright fuel in there, etc etc. I in fact feel adore I’m putting the upright stuff in the vehicle. I in fact feel adore the vehicle will invent lots better.”
After going on a tear of 5 consecutive wins that earned him MMA Junkie’s 2020 Fighter of the Year honors, Holland has now gone three consecutive fights with out getting his hand raised. He’ll accumulate a gamble to change his fortunes at UFC 272 when he takes on wily feeble Oliveira.
Holland thinks Oliveira has a vogue that would invent for a capacity Fight of the Evening, but he acknowledged he’s now not looking ahead to the motion to head one explicit formulation. In the kill, Holland acknowledged he’ll be moving for all of it.
“I feel he’s an OG,” Holland. “I feel he’s a yarn. I’m very, very elated to be combating him. I became as soon as motivated, I knew I had to continue to work on the grappling trigger that’s what each person expects to be my downfall. But I also know he’s a upright striker.”