Kevin Holland will get his wish to fight this weekend at UFC Vegas 6 with newcomer Joaquin Buckley being tapped as his opponent.
Multiple sources close to the middleweight contest confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Monday. UFC Vegas 6 takes place Saturday at UFC APEX in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+.
Holland initially was scheduled to compete this past weekend at UFC Vegas 5, but his opponent, Trevin Giles, fainted just before the fighters were scheduled to walk to the octagon. The Nevada Athletic Commission immediately cancelled the contest with Giles later being taken to a local hospital for treatment. While an attempt was briefly made to secure Holland a fight with light heavyweight Ed Herman, whose fight was canceled when Gerald Meerschaert tested positive COVID-19, Holland ultimately wasn’t able to fight.
As for Buckley, he will make his UFC debut on less than one week’s notice, but just a few days after he picked up a win in LFA.
The 26-year-old prospect, who previously fought in Bellator MMA as well, has notched a pair of knockout wins in his past two fights in LFA. His latest came in a second round finish this past Friday night, and now Buckley will make the quick turnaround to fight in the UFC.