The ever popular Kevin Holland battles UFC veteran Alex Oliveira in the second fight of the main card. These are two exceptional grapplers who are trying to recover from their respective 3 fight skids. Who takes the win?
Kevin Holland vs Alex Oliveira Prediction
I think this is an easy fight for Kevin Holland, let me tell you why. Holland is an astoundingly good grappler, in his last few fights he’s been outwrestled, sure, but his scrambling and submission threat is extremely good. He has an incredibly active guard which he was able to establish even against legendary grapplers like Jacaré Souza.
Holland is also a very efficient and deadly striker on the feet. He’s got sniper-like accuracy, and legitimate power in his fists. His unorthodox style also confuses opponents, and his height advantage usually gives him the reach in the comparatively small MW division.
Onto Alex Oliveira. Oliveira is on a different type of 3 fight skid, losing to mid-tier opposition. Oliveira has hit a decline in his career where he is alternating wins and losses with fighters he would’ve beaten in his prime. Maybe the competition has just caught up with him, or he doesn’t have what it takes to hang with the top dogs.
Unfortunately for him, Kevin Holland is one of the top dogs, and I see the fight going like this: Holland will light up Oliveira on the feet, who may or may not go for the takedown. Holland has been doing his wrestling preparations and it will be shown off in this fight. If he does get taken down, he has an immense submission threat, and great scrambles. He seems to win this fight wherever it goes.
My pick – Holland by UD
Kevin Holland vs Alex Oliveira Betting
Oddschecker has Holland as a huge favourite, sitting at 3/10 (£10 for £13 back) to win out right. This is the safest pick in my opinion.
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