Kevin Holland (born November 5, 1992) is an American professional mixed martial artist, currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he competes in the welterweight division. A professional since 2015, Holland has also competed for Bellator MMA, King of the Cage and Legacy Fighting Alliance. As of October 24, 2023, he is #12 in the UFC welterweight rankings.[5]

Kevin Holland
BornKevin Holland
(1992-11-05) November 5, 1992 (age 31)
Riverside, California, United States[1]
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionMiddleweight (2016–2021)
Welterweight (2015–2016; 2022–present)
Reach81 in (206 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofFort Worth, Texas, United States
TeamPhalanx MMA Academy
Travis Lutter BJJ (2010–present)[3]
RankSecond degree black belt in Kung Fu[4]
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Travis Lutter[4]
Years active2015–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout14
By submission7
By decision4
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision6
No contests1
Amateur record
By knockout3
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

Holland was born in Riverside, California, and raised mostly by his grandparents in Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario.[6] His mother has been in and out of jail, meanwhile his father has been incarcerated throughout Holland's life.[6] Holland attended Los Osos High School and Chaffey College.[7] Holland started martial arts training when he was 16 years old and was a fan of Georges St-Pierre.[8] He fell in love with the UFC after watching UFC 100, the first time he had watched the UFC, when he was visiting his father in Philadelphia.[9]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

After compiling an amateur record of 5–0, Holland started his professional MMA in 2015. He fought under various promotions such as Xtreme Knockout, Legacy Fighting Championship, King of the Cage, Bellator MMA, Legacy Fighting Alliance and amassed a record of 12–3 prior to his signing by UFC.[2]

Dana White's Contender Series edit

Holland appeared on Dana White's Contender Series 9. He faced Will Santiago and won the fight via unanimous decision on June 12, 2018. Even with the win, Holland was not offered a contract on show but he was brought in to face Thiago Santos at UFC 227.[10][11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

2018 edit

Holland made his UFC debut on August 4, 2018, against Thiago Santos at UFC 227.[12] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

Holland’s next fight came on November 24, 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 against John Phillips.[14] He won the fight via a submission due to a rear-naked choke in round three.[15]

2019 edit

Holland faced Gerald Meerschaert on March 30, 2019, at UFC on ESPN 2.[16] He won the fight via split decision.[17]

Holland faced Alessio Di Chirico on June 22, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 154.[18] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Holland was expected to face promotional newcomer Antônio Arroyo on November 16, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré.[20] However, in late September, promotion officials elected to remove Holland from the bout in favor of a matchup against Brendan Allen on October 18, 2019, at UFC on ESPN 6.[21] He lost the fight via submission in round two.[22]

2020 edit

Holland was expected to face Jack Marshman on March 21, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards.[23] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed.[24] Instead, Holland faced Anthony Hernandez on May 16, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris.[25] He won the bout via a first round technical knockout.[26]

Holland was scheduled to face Daniel Rodriguez on May 30, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns.[27] However, On May 26, Holland was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Rodriguez due to an injury[28] and was replaced by promotional newcomer Gabriel Green.[29]

Holland was expected to face Trevin Giles on August 1, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan.[30] However, Giles fainted just prior to his walkout and the fight was canceled.[31]

Holland faced promotional newcomer Joaquin Buckley on August 8, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 174.[32] He won the fight via technical knockout in round three.[33] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[34]

Holland faced Darren Stewart on September 19, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 178.[35] He won the fight via split decision.[36]

Holland was scheduled to face Makhmud Muradov, replacing injured Krzysztof Jotko, on October 31, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 181.[37] In turn, Muradov was removed from the fight due to testing positive for COVID-19 and was replaced by promotional newcomer Charlie Ontiveros.[38] Holland won the fight in the first round when Ontiveros verbally submitted after suffering a neck injury due to a slam.[39] This win earned him Performance Fight of the Night award.[40]

Holland was scheduled to face Jack Hermansson at UFC on ESPN 19 on December 5, replacing an injured Darren Till.[41] However, on November 28, it was announced that Holland was pulled from the bout due to testing positive for COVID-19.[42]

Holland faced Ronaldo Souza on December 12, 2020, at UFC 256.[43] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[44] This fight tied the record for the most UFC wins in a calendar year (5).[45] This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.[46]

2021 edit

Holland faced Derek Brunson on March 20, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 21.[47] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[48]

Holland faced Marvin Vettori, replacing an injured Darren Till, on April 10, 2021, at UFC on ABC 2.[49] With his second main event in three weeks, Holland tied the record for shortest turnaround between two main events.[50] Though he managed to hurt Vettori with punches a few times, Holland was dominated on the ground for the majority of the fight and lost by unanimous decision.[51] Subsequently – with one fight left on his prevailing contract – Holland signed a new, multi-fight deal with the UFC.[52]

Holland faced Kyle Daukaus on October 2, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 193.[53] Early in the bout a clash of heads occurred, resulting in Holland briefly being knocked unconscious. Though he continued to fight, Holland would be submitted via rear-naked choke moments later. Referee Dan Miragliotta reviewed the footage via replay and it was deemed the head clash led to the sequence of events resulting in Daukaus' win. Therefore, the fight was declared a no contest after the accidental head clash.[54]

A rematch with Daukaus was scheduled on November 13, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 197.[55] However, Holland withdrew from the bout due to injury.[56]

2022 edit

Holland returned to the Welterweight division for the first time since October 2017 to face Alex Oliveira on March 5, 2022, at UFC 272.[57] He won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[58] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[59]

Holland faced Tim Means on June 18, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 37.[60] He won the fight via D'Arce choke submission in round two.[61] This win earned him his fifth Performance of the Night award.[62]

Holland was scheduled to face Daniel Rodriguez in a 180-pound catchweight bout on September 10, 2022, at UFC 279.[63] However, due to Khamzat Chimaev missing weight for his scheduled welterweight main event bout against Nate Diaz by nearly 10 pounds, the UFC was forced to remove Chimaev from the main event and change the card around. Holland was then scheduled to face Khamzat Chimaev at a 180-pound catchweight bout in the co-headliner instead, and the bout was scheduled for five rounds.[64] Holland lost the fight via D’Arce choke submission in the first round.[65]

Holland fought Stephen Thompson on December 3, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 42. He lost the fight by technical knockout after his corner stopped the fight after the fourth round.[66] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[67] Holland suffered three broken metacarpals in his right hand during the fight which required surgery afterwards.[68]

2023 edit

Holland faced Santiago Ponzinibbio on April 8, 2023, at UFC 287.[69] He won the bout via knockout in the third round.[70]

Holland faced Michael Chiesa on July 29, 2023 at UFC 291.[71] He won the fight via a D'arce choke submission in round one.[72] The win earned Holland his sixth Performance of the Night bonus award.[73]

Holland faced Jack Della Maddalena on September 16, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 227.[74] He lost the fight via split decision.[75]

2024 edit

Holland is scheduled to face Michael Page on January 20, 2024 at UFC 297.

Personal life edit

Holland married his wife Charlese in 2019.[76]

In October 2021, Holland stopped an alleged carjacker in his neighborhood. Per reports, Holland chased the man down, and subdued him until police arrived.[77]

In March 2022, Holland said he and his training partner stopped a shooting at a Houston, Texas restaurant. The men heard a shot while at a restaurant and saw a man with a weapon who was being wrestled by a member of the public; after removing the gun from the shooter’s hand, Holland said he subdued the man by placing him in a rear naked choke.[78][79]

In May 2022, Holland revealed that he had rescued a driver from an overturned tractor-trailer. Holland had watched the driver speed up and lose control while joining the freeway, sliding off the embankment and flipping over. Holland got out of his car and got the man out from the truck, which was leaking fluid that Holland feared was going to cause an explosion.[80]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts edit

Amateur titles edit

  • Premiere Combat Group
    • PCG Welterweight Championship
  • Belts of Honorious
    • BOH Welterweight Championship

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
36 matches 25 wins 10 losses
By knockout 14 1
By submission 7 3
By decision 4 6
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 25–10 (1) Jack Della Maddalena Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Shevchenko 2 September 16, 2023 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 25–9 (1) Michael Chiesa Submission (brabo choke) UFC 291 July 29, 2023 1 2:39 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 24–9 (1) Santiago Ponzinibbio KO (punch) UFC 287 April 8, 2023 3 3:16 Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 23–9 (1) Stephen Thompson TKO (corner stoppage) UFC on ESPN: Thompson vs. Holland December 3, 2022 4 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 23–8 (1) Khamzat Chimaev Submission (brabo choke) UFC 279 September 10, 2022 1 2:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (180 lb) bout.
Win 23–7 (1) Tim Means Submission (brabo choke) UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Emmett June 18, 2022 2 1:28 Austin, Texas, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 22–7 (1) Alex Oliveira TKO (elbows) UFC 272 March 5, 2022 2 0:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Welterweight. Performance of the Night.
NC 21–7 (1) Kyle Daukaus NC (accidental clash of heads) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker October 2, 2021 1 3:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Accidental clash of heads knocked Holland unconscious.
Loss 21–7 Marvin Vettori Decision (unanimous) UFC on ABC: Vettori vs. Holland April 10, 2021 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 21–6 Derek Brunson Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland March 20, 2021 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–5 Ronaldo Souza KO (punches) UFC 256 December 12, 2020 1 1:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Tied UFC record for most wins in a calendar year (5). Performance of the Night.
Win 20–5 Charlie Ontiveros TKO (submission to slam) UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva October 31, 2020 1 2:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 19–5 Darren Stewart Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley September 19, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–5 Joaquin Buckley TKO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik August 8, 2020 3 0:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 17–5 Anthony Hernandez TKO (knees and punches) UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris May 16, 2020 1 0:39 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Loss 16–5 Brendan Allen Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Weidman October 18, 2019 2 3:38 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 16–4 Alessio Di Chirico Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Moicano vs. The Korean Zombie June 22, 2019 3 5:00 Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Win 15–4 Gerald Meerschaert Decision (split) UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje March 30, 2019 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 14–4 John Phillips Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 November 24, 2018 3 4:05 Beijing, China
Loss 13–4 Thiago Santos Decision (unanimous) UFC 227 August 4, 2018 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 13–3 Will Santiago Jr. Decision (unanimous) Dana White's Contender Series 9 June 12, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–3 Teagan Dooley Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 195 March 2, 2018 1 2:59 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 11–3 Hayward Charles TKO (punches) Xtreme Knockout 39 January 6, 2018 3 3:34 Dallas, Texas, United States Defended the XKO Middleweight Championship.
Win 10–3 Grady Hurley TKO (knee and punches) LFA 21 September 1, 2017 1 1:24 Branson, Missouri, United States
Loss 9–3 Curtis Millender Decision (unanimous) LFA 13 June 2, 2017 3 5:00 Burbank, California, United States Welterweight bout.
Win 9–2 David Gomez TKO (punches) KOTC: Supernova March 18, 2017 1 3:34 Ontario, California, United States
Win 8–2 Geoff Neal TKO (punches) Xtreme Knockout 34 January 28, 2017 3 3:50 Dallas, Texas, United States Defended the XKO Middleweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Jose Alfredo Leija TKO (submission to punches) Xtreme Knockout 33 November 5, 2016 1 4:03 Dallas, Texas, United States Won the XKO Middleweight Championship.
Win 6–2 Sam Liera Submission (guillotine choke) KOTC: Martial Law September 18, 2016 2 4:23 Ontario, California, United States Welterweight bout.
Win 5–2 Sam Liera TKO (punches) KOTC: Night of Champions March 5, 2016 2 2:56 Ontario, California, United States Welterweight bout.
Loss 4–2 Rafael Lovato Jr. Submission (rear-naked choke) Legacy Fighting Championship 46 October 2, 2015 1 1:24 Allen, Texas, United States Middleweight debut.
Loss 4–1 Ramil Mustapaev Decision (unanimous) Key City Chaos 2 August 15, 2015 3 5:00 Abilene, Texas, United States Catchweight (175 lb) bout.
Win 4–0 Victor Reyna Submission (guillotine choke) Xtreme Knockout 26 June 27, 2015 1 3:44 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Aaron Reves Submission Kickass Productions: Border Wars May 29, 2015 1 0:22 Laredo, Texas, United States Catchweight (174 lb) bout; Holland missed weight.
Win 2–0 Jason Perrotta TKO (punches) Genesis Combat Sports 3 April 25, 2015 1 1:36 Lubbock, Texas, United States Catchweight (195 lb) bout.
Win 1–0 Marcos Ayub TKO (punches) Xtreme Knockout 25 March 28, 2015 1 1:54 Arlington, Texas, United States Welterweight debut.


Kickboxing record edit

Kickboxing record
2 wins (2 KOs), 1 loss, 0 draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2017-10-21 Win   Bubba McDaniel XKO 38 Dallas, United States KO (Spinning Back Elbow) 1 1:29 2–1
2017-8-12 Win   Matt Foster XKO 37 Dallas, United States KO (Punches) 1 3:00 1–1
2016-4-30 Loss   William Florentino XKO 30 Dallas, United States Decision (Split) 1 3:00 0–1
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Amateur mixed martial arts record edit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 5–0 William Clark TKO (punches) Cowboys Extreme Cagefighting March 29, 2014 2 1:14 San Antonio, Texas, United States Won the vacant PCG Welterweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Terrence Moore TKO (punches) Austin Championships September 7, 2013 2 0:06 Austin, Texas, United States Won the vacant BOH Welterweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Natanael Chavez TKO (punches) Cowboys Extreme Cagefighting June 8, 2013 2 2:08 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 Zack Reese Decision (unanimous) Cowboys Extreme Cagefighting October 6, 2012 3 3:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 Richard Bailey Decision (unanimous) Premiere Combat Group August 4, 2012 3 3:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States

See also edit

References edit

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