It appears Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland has his next bout lined up since moving down to the UFC’s welterweight division earlier this year in March, and that’s a match up opposing ‘The Dirty Bird’ Tim Means.
This bout is to go down at UFC on ESPN 37, live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, on June 18, 2022.
Following his early second round stoppage over Alex Oliveira in his welterweight debut, we were all wondering what was next for Holland, and we’ve got our answer here two months later.
Holland went 5-0 throughout 2020, then to our surprise, went 0-2 (1 NC) through his three bouts last year in 2021.
However, he rebounded with a TKO victory over Oliveira earlier in the year, and he now faces another talented striker in Tim Means.
‘The Dirty Bird’ has gone 3-0 over his last three, and 4-1 over his last five, which is very impressive considering he’s now 38 years old.
What’s more, two of those last three opponents missed weight, both by over three lbs.
He has a pretty diverse skill set, boasting very good, technical striking with good takedown defense.
Holland is quite similar in that regard, though his takedown defense isn’t, or at least recently wasn’t where it needed to be. However, where he lacks in takedown defense, he does have a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Travis Lutter, and Means was submitted in his latest defeat two years back.
Holland comes into this bout with a record of 22-7 (1 NC), while Means comes in with a record of 32-12-1 (1 NC).
Of Holland’s 22 wins, 13 come via knockout, with 5 submissions and 4 decisions.
Of Means’ 32 wins, 19 come via knockout, with 5 submissions and 8 decisions.
One could think this will be a very exciting stand up affair, and it probably will be.
Who walks away from this welterweight encounter victorious?
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