Kevin Holland, UFC 302

Video: Kevin Holland breaks Michal Oleksiejczuk’s arm with nasty armbar at UFC 302

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 1, 2024, for UFC 302, going down live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Headlining the event is a lightweight championship affair showcasing no. 1 pound-for-pound ranked Islam Makhachev (25-1), who attempts to make the third defense of his title tonight opposing no. 4 ranked former interim champion Dustin Poirier (30-8) in the main event of the evening.

Co-headlining the event is a middleweight bout between no. 1 ranked former champion Sean Strickland (28-6) and no. 7 ranked former title challenger Paulo Costa (14-3).

Our feature fight of the evening came at 185 lbs when Kevin Holland (26-11) returned to the middleweight division opposing Michal Oleksiejczuk (19-8).

Following an 8-4 (1 NC) run at 185 lbs to begin his UFC career, Holland dropped down to 170 lbs and initially went 4-2 through his first six divisional fights, before dropping back-to-back defeats to Jack Della Maddalena (SD) and Michael Page (UD) in his latest two appearances.

Oleksiejczuk on the other hand made his UFC debut up at 205 lbs, going 5-3 through his first eight fights in the division before a drop to middleweight, where he’d since gone 3-2. Of his eight promotional victories six had come via knockout.

Continue reading to see how this middleweight encounter went down:

Official Result: Kevin Holland def. Michal Oleksiejczuk via technical submission (armbar) at 1:34 of round one

Oleksiejczuk landed a heavy overhand left early that appeared to get Holland’s attention, and another 45 seconds in that dropped him. Oleksiejczuk followed him to the mat searching for the kill, but left his arm out there and got wrapped up in a very tight armbar attempt by Holland.

As he was trying to escape it Holland locked it in tighter, and ended up breaking, or at the very least dislocating Oleksiejczuk’s arm and Herb Dean was forced to stop the fight just 94 seconds in.

Michal Oleksiejczuk had a great start to this fight, but didn’t avoid the ground game against a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and paid for it.

Kevin Holland on the other hand gets back to his winning ways and adds another finish to his resume, picking up his 22nd in 26 wins tonight at UFC 302.

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Brady Ordway
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