UFC's Kevin Holland hopes to kick-start busy 2021 with win over Marvin Vettori and top the £52719K he made in 2020

KEVIN HOLLAND hopes to kick-start a busy 2021 with an impressive victory over Marvin Vettori.

The Dana White's Contender Series alum will lock horns with the Italian on Saturday night in the main event of UFC on ABC 2 in Las Vegas.

Holland's middleweight showdown with the Kings MMA standout will be his second outing of the year, the first of which came against Derek Brunson late last month.

Trail Blazer suffered a unanimous decision defeat to the former Strikeforce star and is determined to get back in the win column this weekend.

But he's treating his clash with the in-form Vettori – who has won his last four in a row – as his first fight of the year.

The Californian told SunSport: "I'm coming off a loss. I simply just want to a dub back. And then after that dub, we'll grab another one.

"It takes multiple dubs to be put in the position that everybody wants me to be put in.

"So I'm looking forward to grabbing as many dubs as I can. This is still 2021. And in 2020, I went 5-0. This year, who knows?


"Maybe I'll go 6-0. This is my first fight this year. My first fight this year was simply just a warm-up."

Holland's active 2020, in which he went from prospect to bonafide middleweight contender, earned him a pretty penny – £523,421 ($719,000) to be exact.

When recalling his near three-year stint in MMA's premier promotion, the 28-year-old said: "The family is definitely in a better position.

"I made $719,000 last year just including UFC money. The family is definitely in a better position.

"Do you think I spent all $719,000 all on me? No. So the family is in a better position.

"You can only imagine the doors that are opening. You can only imagine the doors that will continue to open.

"And as long as I'm smart about it, the doors will continue to do what they do.

"So I'm very happy with where I am in my career and I'm very happy with what the UFC has done for me."

Holland has earned plenty of plaudits for accepting a short-notice fight against the red-hot Vettori in his quest to get back to the win column.

But he admits doing so may not have been the wisest decision.

He said: "It's probably not the smartest fight to take, but I never said I'm the smartest here. I'm just simply here to fight.

"It wouldn't matter if it was Godzilla or King Kong, I was gonna fight."

Nevertheless, Holland is relishing the opportunity to give the Italian Dream a real nightmare.

He said of the 27-year-old: "The same thing that are his positives are his negatives. He's aggressive.

"Aggressive can be good, aggressive can be bad. He's angry. Angry could be good, angry could be bad. It will be a fun night."

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