Kevin Holland (fighter)

Kevin Holland (born November 5, 1992) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2015, he has also competed for Bellator MMA, King of the Cage and Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Kevin Holland
Born (1992-11-05) November 5, 1992 (age 27)
Riverside, California, United States[1]
Other namesTrail Blazer
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Reach81 in (206 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofFort Worth, Texas, United States
TeamPhalanx MMA Academy
Travis Lutter BJJ
RankSecond degree black belt in Kung Fu[3]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Travis Lutter[3]
Years active2015–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission6
By decision3
By submission2
By decision3
Amateur record
By knockout3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Born in Riverside, California and raised in Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario, Holland started martial arts training when he was 16 years old and was a fan of Georges St-Pierre.[4] He fell in love with UFC after watching UFC 100 the first time when he was in town visiting his father in Philadelphia.[5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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 signed by UFC.[2]

Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender SeriesEdit

Holland appeared in DWTNCS: Season 1, Episode 2 web-series program. 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.[6][7]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Holland made his UFC debut on August 4, 2018 against Thiago Santos at UFC 227[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

His next fight came on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 against John Phillips.[10] He won the fight via a submission due to a rear-naked choke in round three.[11]

Holland faced Gerald Meerschaert on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 2.[12] He won the fight via split decision.[13]

Holland faced Alessio Di Chirico on June 22, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 154.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[15]

Holland was expected to face promotional newcomer Antonio Arroyo on November 16, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 22.[16] 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.[17] He lost the fight via a submission in round two.[18]

Holland was expected to face Jack Marshman on March 21, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards.[19] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed.[20] Instead, Holland faced Anthony Hernandez on May 16, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris.[21] He won the bout via a first round technical knockout.[22]

Holland was scheduled to face Daniel Rodriguez on May 30, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns.[23] However, On May 26, Holland was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Daniel Rodriguez due to an injury [24] and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Gabriel Green[25]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Professional titlesEdit

  • Xtreme Knockout
    • XKO Welterweight Championship
    • XKO Middleweight Championship
      • One successful title defense

Amateur titlesEdit

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

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 17 wins 5 losses
By knockout 8 0
By submission 6 2
By decision 3 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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. 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 KOTC: Supernova March 18, 2017 1 3:34 Ontario, California, United States Return to Middleweight.
Win 8–2 Geoff Neal TKO (punches) Xtreme Knockout 34 January 28, 2017 3 3:50 Dallas, Texas, United States Won the XKO Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Jose Alfredo Leija Submission 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 lbs) 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 lbs) 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 lbs) bout.
Win 1–0 Marcos Ayub TKO (punches) Xtreme Knockout 25 March 28, 2015 1 1:54 Arlington, Texas, United States


Kickboxing recordEdit

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Amateur mixed martial arts recordEdit

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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ Aug 2, Fox Sports FOX Sports West; ET, 2018 at 4:31p (2018-08-02). "Riverside native Kevin Holland gets first shot at UFC glory". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  2. ^ a b "Kevin". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  3. ^ a b "Kevin Holland - Official UFC Profile". Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Matt Mullin. "From the crowd to the octagon: Kevin Holland added to UFC Fight Night in Philly". Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  5. ^ Doyle, Dave (2019-01-15). "Kevin Holland wants to return to Philadelphia 10 years after Silva vs. Griffin". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  6. ^ "Kevin Holland Winning While Losing". MMA News. Fight Results. Videos. Interviews. 2018-08-07. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  7. ^ Newswire, MMA Fighting (2018-07-24). "Thiago Santos vs. Kevin Holland added to UFC 227". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  8. ^ "DWCS 9 winner Kevin Holland gets call, meets Thiago 'Marreta' Santos at UFC 227". MMA Junkie. 2018-07-25. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  9. ^ "UFC 227 results: Thiago 'Marreta' Santos downs creative newcomer Kevin Holland". MMA Junkie. 2018-08-05. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  10. ^ "John Phillips Vs. Kevin Holland Set For UFC Beijing ⋆ MMA TakeOver". MMA TakeOver. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  11. ^ "John Phillips: Welshman loses to Kevin Holland at UFC Beijing". 2018-11-24. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  12. ^ DNA, MMA. "Kevin Holland krijgt gewenst gevecht in Philadelphia tegen Gerald Meerschaert". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  13. ^ "UFC Philadelphia: Kevin Holland outpoints Gerald Meerschaert in wild grappling match". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-30. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  14. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-04-24). "Middleweight fight between Alessio Di Chirico and Kevin Holland during UFC Greenville" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  15. ^ McClory, Mike (2019-06-22). "UFC Greenville Results: Not Even a Dislocated Shoulder Could Stop Kevin Holland". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  16. ^ "Kevin Holland meets Antonio Arroyo during UFC Fight Night 164 in São Paulo". (in Dutch). 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  17. ^ Nolan King (2019-09-30). "Kevin Holland shifts from Brazil to Boston, steps in vs. Brendan Allen at UFC on ESPN 6". Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  18. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-10-18). "UFC Boston Results: Bloodied Brendan Allen Submits Kevin Holland". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  19. ^ Nolan King (2020-01-24). "Kevin Holland says he's fighting Jack Marshman at UFC on ESPN+ 29". Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  20. ^ Brett Okamoto (2020-04-09). "Dana White says UFC 249 will not happen April 18". Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  21. ^ Martin, Damon (2020-05-01). "UFC reveals full fight cards for May 13 and May 16 events". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  22. ^ "Anthony Hernandez vs. Kevin Holland Results and News - UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Overeem vs. Harris - MMA Fighting". Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  23. ^ DNA, MMA. "Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez completeert "11-fight card" voor UFC Las Vegas op 30 mei". Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  24. ^ Nolan King (2020-05-26). "Kevin Holland injured, out of UFC on ESPN 9 bout vs. Daniel Rodriguez". Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  25. ^ "Gabriel Green expected to replace Kevin Holland at UFC on ESPN 9, meet Daniel Rodriguez". MMA Junkie. 2020-05-26. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  26. ^ "Kevin". Sherdog. Retrieved 2020-05-17.

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