Kevin Alan Holland (born November 5, 1992) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Middleweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional since 2015, Holland has also competed for Bellator MMA, King of the Cage and Legacy Fighting Alliance. As of November 9, 2021, he is #12 in the UFC middleweight rankings.
|Born||Kevin Alan Holland|
November 5, 1992
Riverside, California, United States
|Other names||Trailblazer |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||81 in (206 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Team||Phalanx MMA Academy|
Travis Lutter BJJ
|Rank||Second degree black belt in Kung Fu |
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Travis Lutter
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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. He fell in love with the UFC after watching UFC 100, the first time he'd watched the UFC, when he was visiting his father in Philadelphia.
Mixed martial arts 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 to his signing by UFC.
Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender SeriesEdit
Holland appeared in 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.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Holland was expected to face promotional newcomer Antônio Arroyo on November 16, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré. 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. He lost the fight via a submission in round two.
Holland was expected to face Jack Marshman on March 21, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed. Instead, Holland faced Anthony Hernandez on May 16, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris. He won the bout via a first round technical knockout.
Holland was scheduled to face Daniel Rodriguez on May 30, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns. However, On May 26, Holland was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Daniel Rodriguez due to an injury  and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Gabriel Green
Holland faced promotional newcomer Joaquin Buckley on August 8, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 174. He won the fight via technical knockout in round three. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Holland was scheduled to face Makhmud Muradov, replacing injured Krzysztof Jotko, on October 31, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 181. In turn, Muradov was removed from the fight due to tested positive for COVID-19 and Muradov was replaced by promotional newcomer Charlie Ontiveros. Holland won the fight in the first round when Ontiveros verbally submitted after suffering a neck injury due to a slam. This win earned him Performance Fight of the Night award.
Holland was scheduled to face Jack Hermansson at UFC on ESPN 19 on December 5, replacing an injured Darren Till. However, on November 28, it was announced that Holland was pulled from the bout due to testing positive for COVID-19.
Holland faced Ronaldo Souza on December 12, 2020 at UFC 256. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. This fight marks the record for the most UFC wins in 2020 (5). This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Holland faced Marvin Vettori, replacing an injured Darren Till, on April 10, 2021 at UFC on ABC 2. With his second main event in three weeks, Holland tied the record for shortest turnaround between two main events. 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. Subsequently – with one fight left on his prevailing contract – Holland signed a new, multi-fight deal with the UFC.
Holland faced Kyle Daukaus on October 2, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 193. Early in the bout a clash of heads occurred, resulting 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 headbutt.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Xtreme Knockout
- XKO Welterweight Championship
- XKO Middleweight Championship
- One successful title defense
- BT Sport
- 2020 Male fighter of the year.
- Cageside Press
- 2020 Male Fighter of the Year.
- MMA Weekly
- 2020 Breakout Fighter of the Year
- The Athletic
- 2020 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
- 2020 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
- Premiere Combat Group
- PCG Vacant Welterweight Championship
- Belts of Honorious
- BOH Welterweight Championship
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||21 wins||7 losses|
|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. 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|
|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||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 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.|
|2 wins (2 KOs), 1 loss, 0 draws|
|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 recordEdit
|Amateur record breakdown|
|5 matches||5 wins||0 losses|
|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|
- Mixed martial arts show results Date: August 8, 2020
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