𝗨𝗙𝗖 𝗙𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁: 𝗕𝗿𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝘃𝘀 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 aired live in Asia on Sunday, March 21 from the UFC Apex Arena in Las Vegas.
The Main Event middleweight contenders’ bout saw #7 Derek Brunson stop the momentum of #10 Kevin Holland with dominant grappling and ground control over the course of five rounds. Holland showed moments of his excellent striking capability, but he wasn’t able to escape Brunson’s veteran-born pressure on the ground.
Brunson got a clean sweep on the scorecards with a unanimous decision win. Brunson said,
“𝘐’𝘮 37, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳. 𝘈𝘨𝘦 𝘢𝘪𝘯’𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢 𝘯𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳. 𝘐 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘐𝘯 𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘺 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘵, 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦. 𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘺, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘯.2021, 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘪𝘨 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳. 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘣𝘪𝘨 𝘧𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴. 𝘐 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘦𝘳, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘐’𝘮 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳. 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘪𝘮 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘴.”
Kevin Holland opened with a slip from Holland that gave Brunson top control, where he dominated with strikes for the entire five minutes.
Round two started as the polar opposite with a huge clash of fists and knockdown from Holland, then a comeback takedown from Brunson and a long choke attempt. Brunson owned the remainder of the rounds with his wrestling.
Holland had moments with his striking and even a takedown in the final round, but it was not enough to earn the advantage over Brunson’s experience and game-plan. Holland even chatted with Khabib Nurmagomedov who’s sitting on cage side, asking him for wrestling advice.
Brunson keeps his higher place in the rankings with the unanimous decision win.