Brunson faced Edmen Shahbazyan who is under the management of Ronda Rousey at Apex arena on August 1. Brunson was by far The toughest opponent to face Shahbazyan, but Sabah Zan (3-1) is still the worst opponent.
Brunson returnes to the Apex Arena at the UFC Vegas 22 main event on Saturday. When he will be facing with Kevin Holland, he was like Shahbazyan, a highly touted young contender.
The 28-year-old Holland won the Fighter of the Year Award and he was 5-0 in 2020 and He is ranked 10th in the UFC rankings, and he is the favorite over the ranked seventh in the UFC, 37-year-old Brunson.
Defeating Brunson will be the biggest of his career. Last year, he defeated Anthony Hernandez, Joaquin Barkley, Darren Stewart, Charlie Antifros and Jacques Sozza. However, though, had entered the bout on a two-fight losing streak, while Brunson is on a three-fight winning streak. Live event.
Brunson's wrestling was the key to his victory over Shahbazyan. Once Shahbazyan's momentum in the battle turned against him, he was exceptionally overmatched.
However Holland is different from Shahbazyan in style and thinking, and he has more experience.
Holland also has the infamous "MMA Math" by his side because he defeated Souza in one round, and Souza defeated Brunson in one round. but History has shown us that such results rarely persist.
Nevertheless, there are many reasons in favor of Holland's game as hes known for his stand-up, but he is comfortable on the ground too. Also he is 2 inches taller than Brunson and can reach 4 inches more.
It’s unlikely that Brunson can beat Holland standing up, so he must take him to the ground beat him. Brunson has an average of more than 3 takedowns every 15 minutes, and the Holland takedown defense rate is 52%. Watch UFC Vegas 22 Live.
But according to UFCstats.com, for Bronson to get a takedown, he will have to face a fierce attack from Holland, which has a strike rate of 57%.
In contrast, Brunson has an amazing 54% defense, absorbing an average of 3 blows per minute in a game. This is a problem against Holland who have a diverse and explosive striking.