Kevin Holland and Daniel Rodriguez were supposed to face off this past weekend at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns, but Holland suffered a shoulder injury and was pulled from the bout.
The fighter is now on the road to recovery and Holland expects to be able to compete again in about six weeks.
“I’m not in a position to sit down,” Holland said to MMA Junkie. “My name is nowhere near where it needs to be, nor am I, in my career. I can adjust. I can move around it. It’s part of martial arts. You know what I mean? If somebody else feels it’s a handicap, while it’s officially their handicap. It’s like, no, I don’t stress about this shoulder. I’ve got other parts I can hit you with. I don’t care what anybody says. I want to fight again in six weeks. If the UFC books me a fight, I want to fight again in six weeks. If I can fool them in four weeks, I’ll fight in four weeks. … I got a little flame after the fight. I don’t what that flame to go down. I want it to go up.”
Gabriel Green wound up replacing Holland in that fight and suffered a decision loss to the aforementioned Rodriguez.
Holland, once he is fully recovered from the shoulder injury, wouldn’t mind getting another chance to fight Rodriguez.
“Let’s talk about D-Rod winning his fight,” Holland said. “He had to take a last-second opponent on short notice. Hats off to him. I sent him a little message and he said, ‘Run it.’ It’s like, in six weeks, me and him have business, so let’s handle it. Yeah, I was impressed. He got the job done. A last-second change of opponent. He got the job done. He pumped the jab out there. It looked good. He chucked that left hand as hard as he could. He couldn’t put that guy away (and) and that was a 155-er if I’m not mistaken. I’m an 185-er. I’m going to eat that – good.”
A soon to be returning Holland has won four of six in the UFC, with notable wins coming over Gerald Meerschaert and Alessio Di Chirico.