The middleweight division will be on display in Saturday’s main card, this bout the second of three in this division, between the prelims and main card. Kevin Holland is on a three-fight win streak following his split decision win over Darren Stewart just six weeks ago. He is now 5-1 in the octagon and 19-5 as a professional with 16 finishes, five of them being submissions.
Charlie Ontiveros will be replacing Makhmud Muradov in this fight. A Fury fighter with some LFA action on his resume, Ontiveros is 11-6 as a professional and is 3-2 in his last five. Seven of Ontiveros’ eleven wins have come inside the distance, however one was due to an illegal strike by an opponent.
Holland will have a five-inch reach advantage, and will likely look to keep his distance and pop in and out of striking range. Holland is an intelligent striker, who manages distance well, and can control fights in the clinch when his opponents close distance. He has an awesome variety of strikes and combinations on his disposal. He has great kicks to all three levels and checks and blocks opponents’ kicks well.
Our lone criticism of Holland’s game is that he could stand to throw more strikes. There are a lot of times he has let fights with lesser-skilled opponents get too close because of his lack of output. His opponent in this one, Charlie Ontiveros will be looking to close the distance and land his signature right hook.
He’s a patient counter-striker but he usually goes for broke somewhere in the first or second round of almost all of his fights. He tends to leave his chin exposed, and has been knocked out within the first two rounds of all of his career losses.
Holland clearly has the skill and acumen to finish this fight. Ontiveros will likely press early, looking to make an impression in his UFC debut. It’s more than likely he gets caught with a counter hook and Holland wins the fight by TKO, but Ontiveros could pull off a stunning early win here. In fewer words, bet the under.
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