UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Holland Preview

Kevin Holland of the United States on May 16, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.   Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Holland of the United States on May 16, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

 

The UFC in Vegas 22: Kevin Holland vs. Derek Brunson main card UFC Odds are available. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview on this weekend’s main card, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

 

Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland

UFC Middleweight Bout

Saturday, March 20, 2021  – Apex Centre in Las Vegas

If you were to watch Kevin Holland’s previous ten professional MMA bouts and then I was to tell you he took his first pro-fight just five years ago, most of you would probably question my statement because Kevin Holland is so comfortable inside the octagon, you’d be lead to believe he’s a long term professional competitor.

As the owner of a complete martial arts skillset, it’s hard to select one chosen area where ‘The Trailblazer’ shines. Submission finishes, TKO stoppages and of course the impressive knockout finish from bottom guard against the former title chaser in Jacare Souza; Holland has shown relentless aggression that fans love to get behind, especially in the betting market.

His opponent, Derek Brunson, is a veteran in the UFC octagon and often holds a wrestling advantage over the opposition. The problem in Brunson’s arsenal is the durability he offers; using his wrestling offence in recent bouts has awarded North Carolina native with a tidy 3-fight win streak, but Holland presents a plethora of problems standing and on the ground.

I believe Holland is holding great value this weekend, and after his previous victory against Souza, I was astonished to see such a tight betting line. Through a twenty-five minute contest, I anticipate the divisions hottest prospect Kevin Holland to get the job done inside the distance.

UFC Pick: Kevin Holland to win inside the distance at +110 with Bet365 [1u returns 1.10u profit]

 

Gregor Gillespie vs. Brad Riddell

UFC Lightweight Co-Main Event Bout

Saturday, March 20, 2021 – Apex Centre in Las Vegas

Some newer fans of the UFC will be saying, “who is Gregor Gillespie?” and if you’re unfamiliar with his accolades, then look no further – because a big layoff from suffering a devasting head-kick knockout is currently shadowing how talented this man is.

Tipped as the most outstanding wrestler in School/College history (outside of Jordan Burroughs), Gillespie possesses the wrestling skills to out grapple the entire lightweight division. If he can make a significant comeback, I genuinely believe his wrestling offence could be enough to draw Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirement. But first, he must own his knockout loss and put it behind him.

City Kickboxing standout Brad Riddell is quite the opposite of his opponent, and this weekend, the kickboxing & muay thai specialist will be looking to avoid a ground war at all costs. A clean record of 9-1 now leaves the elite striker in a position to boost his stock with another UFC victory this Saturday seriously. The problem is, we have already witnessed a lesser-talented grappler in Magomed Mustafaev have his way with Riddell in the wrestling department.

This one is simple, Riddell wins the striking battle and Gillespie succeeds in a grappling bout, and we are favouring the latter to play out in the octagon.

UFC Pick: Gregor Gillespie to win at -230 with FanDuel [2.3u returns 1u profit]

 

Cheyanne Buys vs. Montserrat Ruiz

UFC Women’s Strawweight Bout

Saturday, March 20, 2021 – Apex Centre in Las Vegas

The UFC women’s strawweight division continues to evolve its endless amount of talent this week, and we get to witness two ‘up and comers’ from popular organizations LFA and Invicta make their UFC debuts.

Cheyanne Buys watched the women’s strawweight division as a die-hard MMA enthusiast; she studied and prepared to compete in the UFC since she was a teenager. A year shy of her 18th birthday, she asked for her parent’s permission to compete in a professional MMA bout. Luckily, the parents were entirely on board because the hyped-up strawweight has had nothing but talent & exciting fights to offer ever since.

Montserrat Ruiz is another hot prospect who should not be overlooked. Still, after watching her struggle against a former UFC fighter in Danielle Taylor, I struggle to envision a moment in this fight where Bays will not hold the advantage – especially in the striking department.

UFC Pick: Buys to win by decision at -160 with Bet365 [1.75u returns 1u profit]

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