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31 Jul 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Thiago Santos vs Kevin Holland at UFC 227

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 227? Sunday 5th August, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 227? Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

What channel is UFC 227 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 227? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 227? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets


THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Only six weeks ago, Kevin Holland appeared on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series and earned an impressive decision over Will Santiago Jr which has given him a dream opportunity to fight on the big stage of UFC 227 and deservedly so. He is a hot prospect and now gets a taste of the big time as he meets the fearsome knockout artist that is Thiago Santos.

Santos is mean, aggressive and an absolute brute. He is disturbingly comfortable in exchanging bombs which has seen him finish seven out of his last eight fights with a knockout. However, his reckless style means he is susceptible to a knockout himself and felt the consequences with a devasting loss to David Branch in his last fight.

Holland has also earned a reputation as a fearsome striker but has taken less damage in his young career. However, this will be his fourth fight already this year and is the biggest name he has fought so far in his career.


THE PREDICTION

This is going to be a stand-up war and both men will hunt the chin from the bell. This is a huge step-up in competition for Holland but he has little to lose and only lost one of his last 10 fights. However, fighting so frequently can work both ways – he has all the form and confidence but three fights in six months will have taken its toll on his body, not just during the fights but during the training camps and weight cuts.

This fight is unlikely to last the three rounds and the result will depend on what Santos turns up. He can end the fight in a second but if he doesn’t respect the striking and reach of Holland we could easily see a repeat of his last fight with Branch.

Winner: Holland via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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