After 16 fights at middleweight, a cut to welterweight could be in the future for the UFC’s “Big Mouth.”
Kevin Holland is back this weekend in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 38, where he takes on Kyle Dauakus. Unfortunately, he is also riding the first losing streak of his UFC career after having an absolute killer 2020, fighting five times, winning all of them.
After losing his first two main events in somewhat lopsided fashion to bigger and stronger wrestlers, Holland teased a move to the welterweight division. Holland hasn’t fought at welterweight since 2017, where he lost a unanimous decision to Curtis Millender outside of the UFC.
At UFC Vegas 38 media day this week, Holland brought up that he wants to do a test cut after his fight with Daukaus.
“You know what, I’m not saying I don’t want to fight at 185, but I would really, really like to do that test cut to 170 pounds. I lifted weights like no other getting ready for this fight. Do I feel stronger? I feel way stronger. Did I put on any weight? F*ck no,” Holland told reporters. “So, I have to talk to a nutritionist and figure out how to get to 206… or figure out a way to stay at the weight I am now, which is 195lbs to 192lbs. The future is whatever the UFC wants me to do.”
Holland said he wouldn’t necessarily division hop. Instead, he would only go back to middleweight for rematches, a title shot, or if the UFC needs him to fill in.
One thing is for sure, win or lose; Holland is trying a test cut to 170lbs.
“I have a jiu-jitsu match coming up at the end of the month, so I’ll do that match, and maybe I’ll keep the diet going after that and see how long it takes to hit 170lbs, and how it feels and how I feel the next day. I haven’t been 170lbs since I was 22, and I’m 28 now, but I think I can do it now, more than I could before,” Holland said.
Watch the rest of Kevin Holland’s UFC Vegas 38 media day above. More coverage can be found below. UFC Vegas 38 takes place this Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV.