Kevin Holland claims he has no interest in trying to grapple with upcoming UFC opponent Stephen Thompson: “I can strike with the best”

By Susan Cox - November 16, 2022

Kevin Holland claims he has no interest in trying to grapple with his upcoming UFC opponent Stephen Thompson.

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It will be on Saturday, December 3rd that Kevin Holland (23-8 MMA) will enter the Octagon to take on Stephen Thompson (16-6 MMA) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Holland, 30, was most recently defeated by Khamzat Chimaev (12-0 MMA) in September of this year at UFC 279.

Thompson, 39, will be entering the cage with back to back losses against Belal Muhammad (22-3 MMA) and Gilbert Burns (20-5 MMA).

Speaking with reporters backstage at UFC 281 this past week, Kevin Holland had this to say about his upcoming fight (h/t MMAJunkie):

“It’s not really a stand-and-bang (fight), it’s a real technical standup fight, and you have to implement certain things to get to ‘Wonderboy’ and have your way with ‘Wonderboy’. I plan on implementing those things, and I plan on showing that I can strike with the best of them.”

Continuing Holland said:

“Its’s just a very, very fun matchup. Talk about a guy that’s fought for a world title, that’s fought some of the best out there at the top of the weight class for a long time. If you do want a number next to your name, you have to go through somebody like that.”

Concluding ‘Trailblazer’ said:

“He’s lost to people who’ve decided to grapple the whole time. People who decide to strike with him usually don’t have a good night, unless you’re Anthony Pettis. I think I’m just as creative as Anthony, even though he’s shown a lot of creativity inside that octagon, that cage. But yeah, against ‘Wonderboy’ there’s only one way to go, and that’s forward.”

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