Kevin Holland's run from 2020 did not carry over in 2021 following a dominant wrestling performance by Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 22.
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Derek Brunson def. Kevin Holland via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-46, 49-46)
The talkative Holland was doing everything he could to get into the head of Brunson, speaking to him and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Brunson, however, would not budge and was able to take advantage of a slip, staying on top of Holland. He landed a few elbows and would not give Holland a chance to move. In the second, Brunson landed another takedown and almost submitted Holland as the fight went on.
Holland tried to use his power in the later rounds, but always got caught when in the clinch. Rushing, Holland landed significant strikes on the floor, and actually took Brunson down in the fifth. It ended up not making a difference, however, as Brunson took Holland down right after. Brunson has now won four in a row.
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