Kevin Holland backtracks on Donald Cerrone callout, wants Daniel Rodriguez.
UFC welterweight Kevin Holland has second thoughts on a potential fight with Donald Cerrone, and he now wants a matchup with up-and-coming contender Daniel Rodriguez next.
Holland passed his first test at welterweight with flying colors, earning a second-round finish over UFC veteran Alex Oliveira. After a rocky first round, he opened up Round 2 a man on a mission and eventually blitzed Oliveira on the ground for the finish.
Holland has proven to never be afraid to speak his mind, especially during his octagon interviews. During his octagon interview with Joe Rogan, he hinted at a matchup with Cerrone.
But during his UFC 272 post-fight press conference, Holland teased a change of plans.
“I think I should be fighting Daniel Rodriguez next,” Holland said. “Last time I called out Cowboy, Daniel Rodriguez hopped in my inbox and said ‘hey don’t do that, that’s my OG’. If I take out the student, I don’t feel like I need to take out the OG. At the end of the day, I’m a big Cowboy fan, so it probably wouldn’t make me feel good as I think it would.”
Kevin Holland earned a violent finish over Alex Oliveira at UFC 272
Holland exploded onto the scene with a Fighter of the Year run in 2020. He earned five-straight wins including brutal finishes over Joaquin Buckley and Charlie Ontiveros.
Holland made the move from middleweight to welterweight following three straight defeats. He fell to top contenders Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson last year and is looking forward to a new chapter at 170 pounds.
In addition to his UFC accomplishments, he’s emerged as arguably a massive UFC fan favorite with his brash trash talk and personality. He has also challenged online trolls to fight at his gym and has embarrassed them every time.
Holland’s win over Oliveira proves that he’s able to not only make the cut to welterweight with ease but perform at a high level. He’ll look to reclaim his 2020 magic following his 2022 debut.