14th ranked middleweight Kevin Holland is moving down to welterweight to face Alex Oliveria at UFC 272 in Las Vegas on March 5th 2022.
Holland is coming off an unsuccessful 2021.
Losing two unanimous decisions main events to Derek Brunson and Marvin Vettori.
In his 3rd bout against Kyle Daukaus, the fight ended in a no-contest after an accidental headbutt leading to submission from Daukaus.
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Oliveria is 11-9 in the UFC but is on a 3 fight losing streak.
2 submission losses from Shavkat Rakhmonov and Randy Brown.
And 1 unanimous decision loss to Niko Price.
Holland always was an undersized middleweight.
When fighting Thiago Santos in his debut.
The California state athletic commission will weigh in the fighters on the day of the fight as well and release that weight.
Holland only weighed 193lbs on fight day and Santos weighed 209 lbs which is on the upper end of middleweights but not the highest.
Notable BJJ legend, now UFC middleweight Rodolfo Vieira took on Kaynan Duarte in a grappling match on WNO.
Vieira weighed in at 216lbs for the match with Duarte and looked just as lean as does in his UFC fights.
Also, Vieira looks so much bigger than his opponents.
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