COVID-19 has hit another UFC main event as UFC Vegas 16 set to be headlined by Kevin Holland and Jack Hermansson has been pulled off after Holland tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus. This is the second time that Hermansson won’t be fighting a planned opponent.
Earlier, the grappler was scheduled to take on former welterweight title contender Darren Till. However, after Till pulled out of the fight due to an injury, rising contender Kevin Holland stepped up to take on Hermansson. If reports are to be believed, Marvin Vettori will take on Harmansson in the Dec. 6 main-event. The reports are yet to be confirmed.
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Kevin Holland is enjoying a four-fight win-streak. He has fought four times in the year 2020, winning on all occasions in an emphatic fashion. The bout would have marked his record fifth bout in the same year and could have plummeted him to a potential title opportunity in the middleweight division.
Meanwhile, Jack Hermansson is fresh off a submission win over former title contender Kelvin Gastelum. Hermansson was looking at a potential title opportunity with a win over Darren Till. However, Holland also promised a great challenge. Now it looks like Marvin Vettori will come in the picture. Be that as it may, COVID-19 is certainly ruining big plans for UFC and it’s certainly not good news.
Marvin Vettori to take on Jack Hermansson next?
Marvin Vettori has slowly and steadily become a huge name in the middleweight division. Ever since his incredible performance against current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya several years ago, Vettori has raked in multiple victories.
If the match does capitalize, it won’t be surprising to see Vettori give a tough fight to Hermansson. “The Joker” has won five of his last six fights, with a sole loss coming against Jared Cannonier. Needless to say, the winner of this fight could be looking at an epic showdown against Cannonier. Killa Gorilla is coming off a unanimous decision loss over Robert Whittaker.
Meanwhile, Kevin Holland is certainly going to find himself in a better opportunity whenever he returns. Be that as it may, it’s certain that Holland won’t be touching the five-fight mark this year. However, his return in February seems eminent.