Kevin Holland is aware of what he must work on and he’s taking the steps essential to make strides within the wrestling division.
After a stellar 2020, Holland (21-7 MMA, 8-4 UFC) misplaced back-to-back fights to kick off his 2021 schedule. Each defeats got here to high contenders, Derek Brunson and Marvin Vettori – and each occurred on account of Holland being outwrestled.
On the printed following his loss to Vettori, commentator Daniel Cormier made a suggestion to Holland that he ought to come to Northern California to drill wrestling. Cormier supplied to point out Holland the ropes and even run him by a coaching camp at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), which has housed Cormier, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Cain Velasquez, amongst others.
Late final week, Holland took Cormier up on his provide and made the journey out to Northern California. Whereas he didn’t prepare at AKA, the 2 met up for a number of wrestling periods at Antdawg’s in Gilroy, Calif., which Cormier captured parts of and posted to his Instagram.
In response to Holland’s supervisor, KO Reps president Oren Hodak, the coaching was non permanent. Whereas the plan is for Holland to satisfy up with Cormier once more later this 12 months, the Texas-based fighter nonetheless calls Travis Lutter BJJ his dwelling base.
“We need to return to the cage in July or August,” Hodak advised MMA Junkie on Tuesday. “Though, if something opens up, you understand Kevin is all the time prepared and prepared. In the meantime, he might be going backwards and forwards to get in some work with DC and his crew out in San Jose. Texas will stay his principal dwelling base for coaching, simply including California and a few work in Vegas on the PI.”
Holland doesn’t presently have a combat scheduled. The present skid of back-to-back losses are his first consecutive defeats since 2015.