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Let’s try again, shall we, Mr. Holland?

In his first UFC main event just three weeks ago, Kevin Holland left many of his fans indifferent as he was outplayed by more experienced Derek Brunson. It was a humiliating lesson for an exciting middleweight who went 5-0 in 2020, but spent most of his first fight in 2021 in talking and struggling to get off his back instead of showing why he is one of the main stars of the promotion.

He shifts from one main rival to the next, intervening as soon as possible to get the injured Darren Till to face Marvin Vettori. Vettori also ran a strong 2020 campaign, competing just twice, but submission to the dangerous Carl Roberson and then a dominant decision over Jack Hermansson. Holland and Vettori have long feuds with each other, so this fight will be as personal as the originally planned headliner of UFC Vegas 23.

Vettori remains in position for a future winning title shot, while no one has a clue of what Holland will do if he bounces back from his recent defeat. He can finally make the much-talked about 170 pounds drop, or just keep messing around until 185 and end up fighting for the championship himself.

In another pivotal card action, lightweights Arnold Allen and Sodiq Yusuff put their flawless UFC records on the line, Sam Alvey dipped back into middleweight to face substitute Julian Marquez in a short time, Nina Nunes returns from maternity leave against wrestling mom-friend Mackenzie Turf. Mike Perry fights Welterweight Daniel Rodriguez.

What kind: Ufc vegas 23

Where: UFC APEX in Las Vegas

When: Saturday, April 10th. The card begins with a single early pre-fight on ESPN + at 11:30 am ET and continues with an eight-fight pre-fight starting at 12 pm ET on ESPN2 and ESPN +. The five-fight main map airs at 3 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN +.

Kevin Holland vs. Marvin Vettori

I still believe in Kevin Holland.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never particularly liked the cage chatter (not that I feel it somehow affects his actual performances, much less the way they are perceived), but his talent cannot be denied. You won’t win five UFC fights in a year or beat guys like Ronaldo “Jacare” Sousa, Joaquin Buckley and Anthony Hernandez on pleasure alone. Holland is good.

What’s his middleweight ceiling? This is a different question. He is a contender (again, he knocked out Jacaret!) And there are reasonable doubts that he can continue to give up size and still remain effective. Especially when it comes to the best wrestlers in the division, I would place Marvin Vettori in this category.

Vettori may not have authority in the First Division, but he is incredibly strong and does an excellent job of not forcing action. He would happily stand up and hit, and he would impose his will on Holland if the Pathfinder allowed him to cut his corners. There are three keys to Holland’s victory in this: move, move, and move a little more.

Brunson was a nightmare for Holland. A more experienced veteran wrestler who knows how to suppress the excitement. We still don’t know what Vettori is. He is experienced and quick-tempered, and the latter will probably harm him if Holland can get into his head. On paper, he has to beat Holland.

So it’s time for the AK Lee special, where I go the opposite way for no apparent reason. Holland by KO. I just have a strange feeling.

To choose: Holland

Sodik Yusuff vs. Arnold Allen

How do you start separating these dumbheads?

Seriously, here I could be discussed with any number of results. Sodik Yusuff won by submission? Sure. Arnold Allen TKO after amazing combo? Sure. Anyway, a razor thin solution? Absolutely. There’s a reason these two haven’t met their rival in the octagon yet. They have not shown much weakness, and therefore both of them seem destined to someday fight for the title.

But on Saturday someone’s progress will slow down, and I think it will be Yusuff. When two fighters are matched equally, I prefer the one with more experience, namely Allen in this case by a small margin. Not that Yusuff has ridden easily so far, but I’ve just seen Allen plunge into deep waters a few more times, and I’m impressed with how he succeeded in these situations.

Unsurprisingly, here I’ll go with the subtle split decision and Allen will keep his winning streak.

To choose: Allen

Sam Alvey vs. Julian Marquez

This is Sam Alvey’s last chance to prove he can still compete at the UFC level. The return to 185 pounds should in theory also mean a return to the knockout strength that once made him one of the best middleweights not to participate in a major advance. It was a while ago, and “Smile’n Sam” upset some people when he got into the UFC too, but it’s fair to say that he didn’t perform as well at light heavyweight.

On Saturday he faces Julian Marquez, who knows a thing or two about the middleweight finish. While the talented Glory MMA representative definitely lacked consistency, he also demonstrated a knack for removing the drama from opponents at the start and at the end of the game. He becomes the uncountable guy no matter what the fight looks like.

As for Alvi, I really expect Marquez to come out ahead in the first round and keep him for the rest of the fight. Shedding the extra £ 20 is not easy for Alvi, and if it comes to round three, Marquez’s lead could be even more pronounced.

Good for Alvi for shaking up and doing his best to stay in the UFC, but I think Marquez is sending him his way.

To choose: Marquez

Nina Nunez vs. Mackenzie Dern

Kudos to the matchmakers met here for putting together a match worthy of Nina Nunez’s ratings prior to her lengthy firing and the strength of Mackenzie Dern’s recent performances. This is the perfect test for Dern at this stage in her career.

Any idea that Nunez can simply defeat the wrestlers has long disappeared. She convincingly beat Claudia Gadelha and Randa Marcos and gave undefeated Tatiana Suarez everything she could handle in their fight at UFC 238. If Nunez can survive an elite wrestler like Suarez, Dern will have to work hard to see this fight through to the end. …

I can see that this fight is played out in a similar way, which means that Dern’s athleticism and wrestling should serve her well initially. She has shown that she can take a blow, so she must be able to weather Nunez’s stand-up storm and get inside for takedowns and her own heavy punches. However, as the fight drags on, I don’t like Dern’s chances if she can’t get the change.

Nunez is such a smart fighter that she must be able to avoid falling into any of Dern’s traps and hold that trap, or at least avoid getting into too many positions where Dern can work in her nasty submission game. In this scenario, I love her chances of surviving Dern and winning the decision. Dern has the skills to become a future champion, but I think it will end with a loss from which she learns a lot.

To choose: Nunez

Mike Perry vs. Daniel Rodriguez

As powerful as Mike Perry’s punch is and how much he has improved since his UFC debut, he still struggles with more technical hitters, and I expect this story to play out again on Saturday. Daniel Rodriguez has defensive skills to avoid a shootout with Perry – not recommended for anyone at 170 pounds – and a few inches of reach to help him keep Perry on the brink of his punches.

Perry is a constant knockout threat, but Rodriguez has a great chin and enough fight to put Perry on his back if Platinum gets too aggressive. If Perry can show the flashes of patience and precision he has had in the past, he can certainly get the best score here, otherwise the three-round fight should be in Rodriguez’s favor.

Rodriguez on points.

To choose: Rodriguez

Preliminary activities

Joe Solecki, def. Jim Miller

Mateusz Hamroth def. Scott Holtzman

Ignacio Bajamondes def. John McDessie

Yorgan De Castro, def. Jargis Danho

Jack Shore def. Hunter Azure

Luis Saldana, def. Jordan Griffin

William Knight def. Da Un Jung

Sasha Palatnikov, def. Impa Kasanganai

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