Brunson makes his 18th walk to the octagon and attempts to halt the rise of another fast-rising contender. In his previous performance, he did just that by outworking young phenom Edmen Shahbazyan en route to a third-round TKO this past August. That extended his current winning streak to three fights, which followed a two-bout skid – including a quick loss to current champ Israel Adesanya – that again delayed his dreams of getting a shot at the belt.
On a hot streak leading into the fight is Holland, who had an extremely impressive 2020 with a five-fight winning streak. In his previous performance, he delivered a “Knockout of the Year” contender by stopping Ronaldo Souza via knockout in less than two minutes. With a win, Holland breaks through the pack at 185 pounds and sets himself up for a title shot along with breaking the record for octagon wins in a calendar year.