Kevin Holland capped his 2020 in a spectacular fashion while securing his fifth victory of the year.
The still outspoken middleweight engaged in a floor battle with submission specialist Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, but it was Holland who managed to end the fight with a series of punches to the back. Holland threw a bloated right hand that injured Souza and he followed that up with a barrage of punches that finished off the grappling champion on several occasions.
“If I can give someone like ‘Jacare’ a problem on the pitch then I guess I deserve my black belt,” Holland said after stopping at 1:45 am in the first lap.
Attacking a renowned striker, it is “Jacare” who wasted no time in seeking the withdrawal but Holland did not make it easy for him. On the ground, Holland threw his elbows behind his back and even threw an armband attempt to show Souza that he wouldn’t leave without a fight.
Holland continued to give Souza problems on the ground which ultimately led to the finish in a second rally on canvas.
After telling Souza it was a dream to take on him, Holland started throwing punches from the bottom and that’s when he landed his right hand which finally leads to the end of the fight. Once Souza tripped back, Holland just kept hammering with a machine gun like fire until the ref rushed to stop the fight.
It was certainly one of the most unique finishes ever seen inside the UFC Octagon.
Rather than celebrating his victory, however, Holland quickly turned his attention to the possibility of booking a sixth fight in 2020 against one of the fastest rising stars in the sport.
” I know [Khamzat] Chimaev was supposed to fight on the 19th e, ”Holland said calling the undefeated prospect. “I think he might be a champion at 170, but he gets here at 185, I’m going to hit that boy.
Chimaev was originally scheduled to make headlines on the UFC card next weekend, but his opponent Leon Edwards tested positive for COVID-19. This fight is now expected to make headlines at an upcoming UFC event on January 20, but Holland is obviously still hopeful that he can convince Chimaev to return to the fight in just seven days.