A middleweight matchup between, the #14 ranked. Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus is currently targeted to feature at a UFC Fight Night event on October 2nd. — with a location or venue for the event yet to be determined by the organization.
Hoping to snap a two-fight losing skid in his next Octagon walk, Riverside native, Holland, who has recently spent time at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California last featured in a UFC on ABC 2 headliner on short-notice against recent title challenger, Marvin Vettori — dropping a one-sided unanimous decision loss.
For Daukaus, the younger brother of UFC heavyweight contender, Chris Daukaus — he’s entering the proposed bout with Holland off the back of a unanimous decision loss to Phil Hawes at UFC Vegas 26 in May. The loss came as Daukaus’ second in his last three Octagon walks. News of the targeted meeting of Holland and Daukaus was first reported by MMA Fighting reporter, Damon Martin.
21-7 as a professional, Travis Lutter Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Holland has dropped two consecutive losses for the first time in his UFC run, with his April loss to Vettori coming off the back of a March unanimous judging blemish against division mainstay, Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 22.
The 28-year-old striker has lodged an eye-catching 12 knockout wins across his career — taking home Octagon triumphs against the likes of Gerald Meerschaeart, Alessio Di Chirico, Joaquin Buckley, Darren Stewart, and a peculiar UFC 256 knockout over former Strikeforce middleweight best, Jacare Souza last December.
For Philidelphia native, Daukaus, the October outing will come as the Dana White’s Contender Series alum’s fourth under the UFC’s scrutiny.
With a 10-2 record, Daukuas has faltered against both Hawes and common-foe, Brendan Allen — with his sole Octagon victory coming in between those losses in the form of a unanimous decision success against Dustin Stoltzfus at UFC 255 in November.