Trevin Giles vs. Kevin Holland - 8/1/20 UFC Fight Night 173 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Trevin Giles vs. Kevin Holland - 8/1/20 UFC Fight Night 173 Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Holland vs. Trevin Giles

Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:00 PM (UFC APEX)

The Line: Trevin Giles +170 / Kevin Holland -200 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Kevin Holland and Trevin Giles fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 173 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 a couple of months after a scheduled bout at UFC on ESPN 9 was cancelled due to injury. 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.

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Trevin Giles enters this fight with a 12-2 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by knockout. Giles has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a February win over James Krause. Giles is averaging 3.61 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 56 percent. Giles is averaging 1.47 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Giles is coming off a decision win at UFC 247 that earned fight of the night honors. Giles landed 88 total strikes in that bout that included five submission attempts. Giles is now 3-2 under the UFC banner. Giles was a late bloomer when it comes to MMA, but he’s a heavy handed striker who swings with a purpose on the feet and has impressive ground and pound. While a bit wild at time, Giles can drop his opponent when landed cleanly, and he’s a handful if gained top position. Giles is also a purple belt in BJJ and has four career submission victories. With about seven years of training under his belt and only 27 years old, Giles has come along quickly and can make some noise in this division if he continues. This will be Giles’ second career fight in Las Vegas.

This should be a fun fight between two guys who are heavy handed and can finish things at any moment. The difference for me is that Holland is a bit more experienced and polished just about anywhere the fight goes. With a massive reach and pure boxing ability, Holland has an edge standing up, and he can also take advantage of Giles’ aggressiveness. Giles sometimes lunges forward when swinging, which opens himself up to counters. Holland will certainly take advantage if there’s an opening.

Anyway, I like Holland to get his second win of the year.

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