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Kevin Holland Eyes Redemption in Middleweight Return at UFC 302, this Saturday

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There's a palpable energy surrounding Kevin Holland during fight week of UFC 302. Just three months after his defeat to Michael "Venom" Page at UFC 299, Holland is back, this time returning to the 185-pound middleweight division.

This rapid return wasn't initially in the plans for "Trailblazer" Holland, but when the opportunity arose just before UFC 301, he seized it. Known for preferring short, fun training camps, Holland adapted quickly to the unexpected call to action. His previous stint at 170 pounds yielded mixed results, with a record of 4-4, including losses to Page and Jack Della Maddalena. However, Holland's middleweight record boasts a more successful 8-4 with 1NC.

Holland humorously credits his increased weight for added knockout power, which he plans to leverage in his upcoming bout against Michal Oleksiejczuk. With 14 of his 25 victories coming by way of knockout and an additional seven by submission, Holland is a versatile fighter, capable of ending matches with strikes or on the ground, as demonstrated in his submission win over Michael Chiesa at UFC 291.

His opponent, Oleksiejczuk, also carries significant striking power, with 14 of his 19 wins by knockout. This matchup is anticipated to be a striking duel, much to the excitement of UFC fans.

Moreover, Holland is driven by a personal motive for redemption. Oleksiejczuk previously defeated Texan fighter Chidi Njokuani, adding a layer of regional rivalry to this encounter. Holland, also training in Texas, is eager to avenge his fellow state fighter's loss.

Holland's strategy for victory is straightforward but confident: deliver powerful straight right hands. His enthusiasm and readiness are clear: "I can't base to go out there and go bang bang with this guy. I can't wait to get the job done."

With his sights set on a comeback, Holland's blend of upbeat energy and focused combat strategy could very well see him triumph in this middleweight contest.

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