UFC middleweight striker, Kevin ‘Trail Blazer’ Holland appears to have an inkling on the fighting future of past-foe, division mainstay, Derek Brunson — with a source informing him that the North Carolina could potentially retire if he drops a UFC Vegas 36 loss to fellow headliner, Darren Till.
Holland, a past-foe of the veteran top-10 staple, Brunson, headliner UFC Vegas 22 back in March, dropped a unanimous decision as he failed to deal with the Wilmington native’s wrestling ability — giving up six successful takedowns en route to his first loss in five fights.
Replacing the aforenoted, Till who had suffered a broken collarbone ahead of a UFC on ABC 2 clash with most recent middleweight title challenger, Marvin Vettori back in April — Holland once more dropped a unanimous decision defeat against the Trento challenger, this time giving up 11 successful takedowns.
Recently traveling to San Jose, California to train alongside former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier at American Kickboxing Academy in a bid to improve his wrestling defense.
Ahead of UFC Vegas 36 this weekend, Holland claimed that he had spoken a former female acquaintance of Brunson, and through the “grapevine” — the rumor mill suggests Brunson would retire if he were to lose to the outspoken Liverpool native, Till.
“Rumor is, and I only say rumor because it’s not 100% true, but it’s not 100% wrong either,” Holland said during the MMA Hour recently. “But if Derek Brunson loses (against Darren Till), he retires. We all know I want all my rematches. I got people on the grapevine. I know a girl he used to sleep with.“
Whilst hypothesizing that Brunson would call time on his career with a loss against Till, Riverside striker, Holland is set for his Octagon return at UFC Vegas 38 at the beginning of October — tackling Kyle Daukaus in a bid to snap a recent two-fight skid.
In the midst of an impressive four-fight run which last saw him defeat Holland, Brunson added the Californian to prior successes against emerging prospect, Edmen Shahbazyan as well as a pair of decision triumphs opposite Ian Heinisch and promotional alum, Elias Theodorou.
Matching with Till this weekend, a victory over the Team Kaobon mainstay would nestle a major feather in the cap of Brunson who attempts to earn a championship rematch against past-foe and current middleweight kingpin, Israel Adesanya.
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