The UFC action continues on Saturday with a terrific co-main event between Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus.
Holland is looking to bounce back after consecutive defeats, and UFC betting odds have the American as favorite.
Daukaus is a capable fighter who, despite giving up a sizable reach advantage, could score an upset win.
Daukaus Eyes Ranked Fighter
Kyle Daukaus knows the importance of winning every fight in the UFC, but especially against guys that are ranked in the middleweight division.
It hasn’t been an easy time in the company for the 28-year-old, who lost via decision to Brendan Allan before beating Dustin Stoltzfus. However, he lost his most recent fight to Phil Hawkes.
All three of his UFC fights have gone the distance, which is a credit to his chin. He and his brother Chris are tough fighters, and he’s ready to face a tough opponent in Kevin Holland.
“It’s important for me to make a statement in every single fight that I have but especially this one because he has a number next to his name,” Daukaus told UFC.com. “He’s a good opponent, a game opponent.
“He comes to fight every single time. He likes to talk when he’s in there, so I look forward to seeing what he has to say.”
Kyle Daukaus (@KyleDaukaus) September 25, 2021
Working against Daukaus is a significant reach disadvantage. He is giving up a lot in that department, so getting on the inside of Holland could be difficult, especially for a fighter who lacks knockout experience.
The sportsbook is giving him respect at +120, but there is little doubt he’s that underdog in this fight.
Refreshing Outlook from Holland
While the noise of UFC fighters not getting paid enough continues to ring out, Kevin Holland is more than happy with his cut.
The 21-7 fighter has gone against what many of his fellow fighters have stated, and believes other fighters simply don’t fight enough or they need to get better management.
“I make good money in the UFC,” Holland said. “Either, A, they need to fight more, or B, they need to get a better manager. I make good money. I’m very, very happy.”
We like to support a fighter who is happy in his environment, which bodes well for Saturday’s fight. He is looking to turn around consecutive losses to Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson, but the level of opposition has been much stronger than Daukaus’ opponents.
Both losses were decided by decision, so he avoided getting hit against two power punchers. He scored a KO win over Ronaldo Souza last December, which extended his winning streak to three at the time.
Kevin Holland (@Trailblaze2top) September 27, 2021
The 28-year-old holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a second-degree black belt in Kung Fu, so he’s well rounded. He hasn’t quite reached his potential, but he’s still young and good enough to go on a winning run.
Holland has also worked on his wrestling with Daniel Cormier, who was complimentary of his skills.
“I’m very proud of Kevin Holland for taking the first step. He’s not only here, he’s willing and wants to work,” Cormier said.
“He’ll fight again tomorrow and then he’ll be at the best gym in the world, American Kickboxing Academy with the guys. Recognizing your problems and trying to figure out how to solve them takes a lot of maturity.”
We’re hoping to see that maturity in the Octagon against Daukaus, who could be underprepared for a new and improved Holland.
Holland vs Daukaus Pick
Our UFC best bets include Kevin Holland winning comfortably. It might not be by KO, but we’re confident he will defeat Kyle Daukaus.
Bettors get -150 for Holland to win, which is a fair price. He is a much more experienced fighter and he also has a sizable reach advantage.
We think bookmakers will shorten his odds throughout the week, so jump on the -150 for Holland.