Kevin Holland

Kevin Holland offers to replace Karl Roberson, hours before UFC on ESPN+ 29

Kevin Holland is trying to save the day.

The UFC announced earlier today the removal of a middleweight bout between Karl Roberson and Marvin Vettori from the UFC on ESPN+ 29 event tonight, Wednesday, May 13. A little over an hour after the news broke, Holland offered up his services.

The 27-year-old is already in Jacksonville, Florida for his bout with Alexander Hernandez at UFC on ESPN 8 this Saturday, May 16. Holland made his offer on Twitter.

@TheJamesKrause stepped up on weigh in day. I’ll step up on fight day. Put me in coach! @Mickmaynard2 @danawhite I’m for real. I’ll fight tonight and Saturday. @MarvinVettori gave me the stank eye in the hotel,” Holland said via Twitter.

With about five hours till the event based on the time of Holland’s social media post, a lot needs to happen to make the bout official. 

According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Holland said he can make weight within an hour and will still fight on Saturday as well, if healthy. 

Kevin Holland is coming off a submission loss to Brendan Allen at UFC on ESPN 6 in October 2019. The defeat snapped a three-fight win streak for Holland. Vettori is unbeaten in his last two outings, most recently defeating Andrew Sanchez via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN+19 in October 2019. 

Roberson failed to make weight by 1.5 pounds on Tuesday, May 12. He later fell ill and was sent to a local hospital. Roberson was released Wednesday morning, but was deemed unfit to compete. 

Light-heavyweights Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira headline the event tonight, airing on ESPN+.

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