Fighting out of Forth Worth, Texas, United States, Kevin “Trailblazer” Holland, 26, has earned his sixth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 141,” which marked the first event of the American mixed martial arts promotion in Beijing, China.
At “UFC Fight Night 141,” Holland faced John “The Welsh Wrecking Machine” Phillips, 33, of Swansea, Wales in the middleweight division. The latter is training out of Straight Blast Gym Ireland in Dublin, Ireland, which is also home to former UFC Lightweight Champion Conor “Notorious” McGregor, 33, of Dublin.
Referee Peter Hickmott put a stop to the middleweight bout between Holland and Phillips after 4 minutes and 5 seconds in the third round. The Texan MMA fighter submitted his Welsh opponent via rear-naked choke.
The loss downgraded Phillips’ professional MMA record to 21 wins and 8 losses. It is his second loss in the UFC.
On the other hand, the victory improved Holland’s professional MMA record to 13 wins and 4 losses. He earned his first win in the UFC when he defeated Will “The Brown Bomber” Santiago Jr., 35, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States via unanimous decision at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Season 2.
The UFC held “UFC Fight Night 141” at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing on November 24, 2018. In the co-main event of the evening, Alistair Overeem knocked out Sergey Pavlovich via punches after 4 minutes and 21 seconds in the first round.
The main event featured the rematch between Francis “The Predator” Ngannou, 32, of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States and Curtis “Razor” Blaydes, 27, of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Their first encounter on April 10, 2016 at “UFC Fight Night 86” in Zagreb, Croatia ended in a second-round technical knockout victory of the former, who is of Cameroonian and French descent.
At “UFC Fight Night 141,” Ngannou defeated Blaydes for the second time. The Cameroonian-French fighter knocked out his American opponent via punches after 45 seconds in the first round.
Meanwhile, here is Karyn Bryant’s interview with Holland prior to the “UFC Fight Night 141” fight night: