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UFC Vegas 22 live blog: Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland

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UFC Fight Night: Brunson v Holland Weigh-in Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

This is the UFC Vegas 22 live blog for Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland, the middleweight headliner for Saturday’s fight card at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

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.