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Derek Brunson vs Kevin Holland Predictions & Tips - Holland To KO Brunson

  • Derek Brunson vs Kevin Holland predictions for UFC Fight Night on Saturday, March 20
  • Brunson is currently ranked #7 in the middleweight rankings
  • Holland is ranked #10 by the UFC in the 185lb division
  • Holland is tipped to finish Brunson via KO/TKO
  • Preview, predictions and head to head stats
Kevin Holland celebrates after beating Anthony Hernandez at UFC Fight Night (Getty Images)
Leigh Copson 19 Mar 2021
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Derek Brunson vs Kevin Holland Predictions & Tips


Derek Brunson represents a real test for Kevin Holland, but it is a test he can pass.

Brunson is the superior wrestler and if he can replicate his second and third round showings against Edmen Shahbazyan then he can grind out a victory.

The problem is that he has an unhealthy knack for leaving himself open to powerful strikes at times, resulting in five KO/TKO losses.

Holland showcased his stopping power by dispatching ‘Jacare’ in just 105 seconds in December.

It will be that finishing power that is highlighted once again here as he capitalises on an opening left by Brunson to take out his opponent inside five rounds.

  • Holland is riding a five-fight win streak with four stoppage wins
  • Holland has stopped three of his last five opponents in the first round
  • Brunson has been knocked out five times in his career
  • Four men have taken out Brunson inside the first round

Derek Brunson Form


Derek Brunson is once again knocking on the door to the top five in the UFC middleweight, ranking at #7 going into this fight.

Brunson’s quest for a middleweight title fight was derailed in 2018 with those back-to-back first-round knockout defeats to Israel Adesanya and Ronaldo Souza.

However, he has responded with his best run of form inside the Octagon since a five-fight win streak between August 2014 and September 2016.

The 37-year-old made a return to winning ways by besting Elias Theodorou over three rounds, and he followed that up by getting the nod from the judges after a 15-minute tussle with Ian Heinisch.

Brunson made just one visit to the Octagon in 2020, but he made it worthwhile, stopping Edmen Shahbazyan with strikes in the third round to record the 12th KO/TKO victory of his career.

That win took his record to 21-7, with 15 of those 21 successes coming via either strikes or submission. 

Kevin Holland Form


Kevin Holland is ranked 10th in the UFC middleweight division as he currently enjoys his best run of form fighting for the premier organisation in mixed martial arts.

Holland rebounded from a debut defeat to Thiago Santos with a three-fight win streak that was abruptly halted by the second-round submission defeat to Brendan Allen.

The 28-year-old’s response to a second loss in the UFC was emphatic one though.

The American needed just 39 seconds to dispatch Anthony Hernandez and kick off a five-fight win streak in 2020 that has seen him stop four of his opponents.

Holland’s most recent victory came in December 2020 and it was the biggest win of his career to date.

Holland took out former Strikeforce middleweight champion and longtime contender Ronaldo Souza in less than two minutes, finishing ‘Jacare’ with strikes to improve to 21-5.

Derek Brunson vs Kevin Holland FAQs

Where can I watch the Derek Brunson vs Kevin Holland live stream?

Our live streaming calendar shows you where to watch the Derek Brunson v Kevin Holland live stream.

Where is Derek Brunson vs Kevin Holland taking place?

Derek Brunson v Kevin Holland is taking place at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, March 20 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

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Verdict

Brunson is no pushover, but Holland appears to be a special talent who could make a major impact on the 185lb division in 2021.

Holland can signal his arrival as a serious player in the middleweight ranks by taking out Brunson in the first half of the fight.

Best Bet: Holland to win Winner @-161.29 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Holland by KO/TKO Method Of Victory @130.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Value Bet: Holland Rd 1, 2 or 3 Alt. Round Group Betting @170.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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