Holland and Souza initially were slated for different opponents. Souza was scheduled to face Marvin Vettori, but Vettori was instead booked against Jack Hermansson at UFC Vegas 17 earlier this month. Hermansson, meanwhile, was supposed to fight Holland, but a positive COVID-19 from Holland prompted the promotion to rebook him against Souza.
Souza, a former Strikeforce champ, comes into the bout on a two-fight skid, while Holland has won his past four.
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Round 1: Mark Smith is the third man in the cage for this middleweight contest. Holland was vibing all during the walkout and stare downs and clearly he’s feeling good. Well, he was. Holland throws a kick almost immediately, Jacare catches it and has Holland down very quickly. Holland is trying to scramble and lands some good elbows. Holland actually is threatening with a triangle but this is Jacare we’re talking about. Holland is able to get back up but Jacare is still on him. Holland is sneaking in a guillotine but again, this is Jacare. Jacare dumps him and now Jacare is in full guard and dropping shots on Holland. And Holland is talking to him the whole time. This is wild.
From the bottom, Holland creates distances with his legs and starts to stand, and Holland rifles a right hook into Jacare’s temple, from off his back, that stuns Jacare! Jacare is hurt and rocks back on his feet against the fence and Holland is up after him and crushing Jacare with shots, forcing Mark Smith to save Jacare.
OFFICIAL DECISION: Kevin Holland knocks out Jacare Souza at 1:45 or Round 1.