Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez
Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 11:15 PM (UFC APEX)
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Kevin Holland and Daniel Rodriguez fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 176 at the UFC APEX.
Kevin Holland enters this fight with a 17-5 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by knockout. Holland has won eight of his last 10 fights and is coming off a May win over Anthony Hernandez. Holland is averaging 4.29 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 55 percent. Holland is averaging 1.26 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 43 percent. Holland had one of the more impressive performances of UFC on ESPN 8, getting a first round knockout in 39 seconds and coming out firing from the gate. Holland now hopes to get two victories in the same month, which would certainly gain a lot of attention from his peers. Holland is a lengthy, athletic fighter with an 81-inch reach and impressive standup ability. Holland is light on his feet, constantly moving to keep his opponent on his toes and has polished boxing skills with quick hands, good footwork and enough power to end things with one clean shot. Holland also closes the distance well to land that big shot, and he’s gotten a lot more comfortable on the canvas over the years. Because of his length, Holland can really make life difficult for his opponent once on the ground. This will be Holland’s second career fight in Las Vegas.
Daniel Rodriguez enters this fight with a 11-1 record and has won 55 percent of his fights by knockout. Rodriguez has won each of his last seven fights and is coming off a February win over Tim Means. Rodriguez is averaging 6.65 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 45 percent. Rodriguez is averaging 2.54 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 80 percent. Rodriguez put together an impressive performance that ended with a second round submission, and he’s now finished 10 of his 11 career victories. This is Rodriguez’s third fight since December and a win here really puts him in a different light. While he has four submission victories, Rodriguez is a striker at heat who works behind his jab and has a powerful left hand. Rodriguez is most effective on his feet, but he can be a bit wild at times and has issues finding his range. Some would say Rodriguez is a bit raw still at this stage of his career, but he’s finding ways to win and finish fights, so we’re to the point where he shouldn’t be overlooked. This will be Rodriguez’s second career fight in Las Vegas.
This is going to be an interesting fight because both of these guys were just recently in the octagon, so it’s a major quick turnaround and not enough time to put together a proper training camp. With that said, Holland is far and away the more polished fighter in this bout, as he throws more accurate strikes and has highly impressive power in both hands. Holland’s athleticism and length also makes him tough to fight on short notice. This fight could be ugly for the raw and somewhat inexperienced Rodriguez.
Holland wins and I wouldn’t be shocked if its another knockout.