Kevin Holland is set for his first UFC main event this Saturday against Derek Brunson, but he isn’t the biggest fan of it.
Although Holland is glad he is getting all the attention, he says he doesn’t like the idea of fighting for 25 minutes as he knows that is a very long time.
“I don’t like the idea of fighting for 25 minutes. Let’s just be real here. It’s like, you hear Derrick Lewis talking about it all the time. It’s not his idea of a fight. That’s just the truth. Nobody wants to fight for 25 minutes,” Holland said at media day. “Where I’m from, you’re lucky if they fight for two-and-a-half. Do you know what I mean? 25 minutes is a very, very long time.”
Not only does Kevin Holland want to continue fighting three-round fights, but he says when he fights Israel Adesanya, he is fine making it a non-title belt so he doesn’t go 25 minutes.
“You can make me the co-main champ. I don’t need a belt if I need to fight for 25 minutes,” Holland said. “Izzy (Israel Adesanya), you could keep your belt. If you really want to fight, we can fight as a co-main event. You won’t have to worry about losing another championship fight. There you go, bucko.”
Although Kevin Holland hopes to only fight three-round fights, it’s likely if he gets past Derek Brunson on Saturday night, it will be a lot of main events here on out. So, if Holland doesn’t want to fight 25 minutes, he better finish fights early.
Holland enters this fight riding a ton of momentum after going 5-0 in 2020. He capped off the year with a KO win over Jacare Souza. He also beat Darren Stewart, Anthony Hernandez, Charlie Ontiveros, and Joaquin Buckley, but Brunson will be the toughest test of his career.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime