According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, the UFC has turned around and booked a rematch for a high-stakes middleweight bout between two talented prospects Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus. This comes almost immediately after their bout ended in a no-contest this weekend.
Holland (21-7-0 10-4-0 UFC) was on a tear in 2020, winning five fights in a row against names like Jacare Souza and Joaquin Buckley. He really came into his own when he knocked out Souza off of one knee, but the UFC pushed him too early. He ran into stiff competition early in 2021 against Derek Brunson and Marvin Vettori, losing both of those fights by decision and almost fell out of the top 15.
Daukaus (10-2-0 1-2-0 UFC) is the brother of heavyweight rising star Chris Daukas and has been expected to be every bit as good as his brother, but has yet to answer any questions through his first three fights. He dropped his debut to Brendan Allen by decision but then rebounded against Dustin Stoltzfus before matching up against one of the more prominent middleweights, Phil Hawes. He lost that fight by decision but was looking to break into contender status with a win over Holland.
Controversy, Rebooking, and Implications for Title Picture
The fight was off to a roaring start: both men were throwing often early in the bout, and it looked to be a great fight before Daukaus and Holland butted heads after Daukaus for a takedown, dropping Holland face-first on the mat. Holland turned around and faced Daukaus, who got control and eventually submitted Holland after he tried to get up.
The fight was off to a roaring start: both men were throwing often early in the bout, and it looked to be a great fight before Daukaus and Holland butted heads after Daukaus for a takedown, dropping Holland face-first on the mat. Holland turned around and faced Daukaus, who got control and eventually submitted Holland after trying to get up.
The fight was stopped, but the clash of heads remained the major turning point. It was so severe that Holland was briefly knocked unconscious, but referee Dan Miragliota deemed Holland’s response enough for the bout to continue while still signalling for a replay.
The fight was ruled a no-contest due to the illegal headbutt, which is a different result from a win or loss for either fighter. Because the battle played out the way it did, Holland and others immediately clamored for a rematch, and even Daukaus agreed with it. This seems to be the most legitimate option, mainly because it was stopped so early in the bout: no one knows how it could play out.
The fight was rebooked almost immediately due to the high-stakes nature: the winner of this would likely break into the top 15 at middleweight, and this proves to be even more crucial for Holland. He is on a 2-fight losing streak, albeit to two elite 185-pounders. The winner of this rematch will emerge as a name to look out for at middleweight and should provide a glimpse into the future of this division.
The Rest of The Card
This card is quite a fun one, and it should have several fantastic fights to look out for.
The latest lineup for UFC Fight Night on Nov. 13 includes:
- Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez- featherweight bout
- Jessica Eye vs. Andrea Lee- strawweight bout
- Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Ben Rothwell- heavyweight bout
- Philipe Lins vs. Ovince Saint Preux- light heavyweight bout
- Tucker Lutz vs. Lando Vannata- featherweight bout
- Leah Letson vs. Felicia Spencer- women’s bantamweight bout
- Collin Anglin vs. Sean Woodson- featherweight bout
- Jailton Almeida vs. Danilo Marques- light heavyweight bout
- Julio Arce vs. Song Yadong- bantamweight bout
- Joel Alvarez vs. Thiago Moises- lightweight bout
- Kyle Daukaus vs. Kevin Holland- middleweeight bout
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