The upcoming UFC Vegas 16Card will receive a third different major event after Kevin Holland tested positive for COVID-19. Ariel Helvani of ESPN.
Holland, who Filling for wounded Darren Till, Expected to meet Jack Hermanson in the Headlining Act. As a result of the Holland withdrawal, UFC officials are now targeting a new major event between the “Joker” and Marvin Vettori, who will now fight Ronaldo Souza on December 12 at UFC 256. Those plans have not yet been finalized.
Holland, 28, hopes to use the opportunity to prove he is a top 10 fighter in the UFC middleweight division. Since stepping back in 2018, the “Trail Blazer” has set a 7-2 record with key victories over Joaquin Buckley, Darren Stewart, Gerald Mirchaert and Alessio de Chiriko. Holland only advanced on his Octagon debut against Thiago Santos and Brendan Allen last year. He will have to wait to get a chance in the top 10 anytime in 2021.
Realizing he could not compete in UFC Vegas 16 next weekend, Holland posted the following message on social media:
I was dropped from my main event bout next weekend due to a positive pre-fight Kovid test. Hope to test clean and get back inside the ASAP cage. pic.twitter.com/KfMF4jQFQg
– Kevin Holland (@ Trailblaze 2 Top) November 28, 2020
I was dropped from my main event bout next weekend due to a positive pre-fight Kovid test. Hope to test clean and come back inside the cage. ”
UFC Vegas 16 December 5 live on ESPN + from inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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