After news broke that Khamzat Chimaev was out of his UFC Fight Island 8 main event against Leon Edwards, welterweight Kevin Holland took to Twitter.
Kevin Holland has quickly become a UFC fan-favorite during his time with the promotion and as a member of the middleweight division. Currently riding a five-fight win streak, including a recent KO win against Ronaldo Souza at UFC 256, Holland wants to remain active as he works his way to the top of the rankings.
The UFC Fight Island 8 main event, set for Jan. 20, was scheduled to feature a welterweight clash between contenders Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards. Unfortunately for Chimaev, he was forced to pull out, which left many challengers chomping at the bit to fill the vacant main event slot.
Holland, of course, was one of those challengers. Not too shortly after the news was confirmed, Holland expressed his interest in stepping into a fight with Edwards on just three weeks’ notice.
— Kevin Holland (@Trailblaze2top) December 29, 2020
“Hold up, so am I hearing the UFC Fight Island hotel has a vacancy and needs a real man to come and do work January 20th?”
Holland has been prone to accept fights on short notice in the past, most famously fighting former UFC light heavyweight title challenger, Thiago Santos, on just 10 days notice in Aug. 2018.
Holland was the most active fighter in 2020, competing five times throughout the year with each test getting harder than the previous outing. If the fight gets made, he will look to continue that consistency into 2021.
Leon Edwards can’t catch a break
Edwards last fought in July 2019, as he won a headlining bout against the former lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos. Ever since the victory, however, things have not gone his way. Whether it has been injuries or travel restrictions, fights continue to fall out, including this most recent one with Chimaev.
At 18-3 and riding an eight-fight win streak, Edwards looks to get back to sustained success in 2021, starting Jan. 20.
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