Kevin “Trail Blazer” Holland, 27, of Fort Worth, Texas, United States was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 8,” also known as “UFC Fight Night 172.” It was the Texan mixed martial artist’s fourth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC on ESPN 8” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 16, 2020. In the fifth bout of the evening, Casey fought Anthony “Fluffy” Hernandez, 26, of Dunnigan, California, USA in the middleweight division.
Michael Cardoso served as the referee. He put a stop to the middleweight contest after 39 seconds in the first round when Holland knocked out Hernandez via knee to the body to ground and pound.
Winning at “UFC on ESPN 8” improved the professional MMA record of Holland to 17 wins and 5 losses. It was the third fastest knockout by body strike in the history of the UFC next to 31 seconds by Chad Mendes at “UFC 148” and 33 seconds by Poliana Botelho at “UFC Fight Night 129.”
On the other hand, Hernandez now has 7 wins, 2 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. It was his second loss in the UFC.
The UFC held “UFC on ESPN 8” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while almost all major sports events were either cancelled or postponed. In the main event of the evening, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 39, of Amsterdam, Netherlands knocked out Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris, 36, of Homewood, Alabama, USA in the heavyweight division.
Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey, 33, of Glendale, Arizona, USA and Miguel “Caramel Thunder” Baeza, 27, of Davie, Florida won the Performance of the Night bonuses, which were presented by HSS. Presented by Toyo Tires, the Fight of the Night was the featherweight bout between “The Terminator” Song Yadong (宋亚东), 22, of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China and Marlon “Chito” Vera, 27, of Chone, Manabi, Ecuador.
Nine countries were represented at “UFC on ESPN 8” namely Brazil, China, Ecuador, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and the U.S. Holland and Hernandez were two of the 12 representatives of the U.S.
Competing professionally since 2014, Holland joined the UFC in 2018. The first three opponents he defeated in the promotion were John Phillips, Gerard Meerschaert and Alessio Di Chirico.