Kevin Holland backtracks on Donald Cerrone callout, wants Daniel Rodriguez

Kevin Holland pulls out on Donald Cerrone, wants Daniel Rodriguez.

UFC welterweight Kevin Holland has doubts about a possible fight with Donald Cerrone and now wants a matchup with up-and-coming contender Daniel Rodriguez next.

Holland passed his first welterweight test with flying colors, beating UFC veteran Alex Oliveira in the second round. After a rocky first lap, he opened lap 2 as a man on a mission, eventually blitzing Oliveira on the bottom for the goal.

Holland has proven he’s never afraid to speak his mind, especially during his octagon interviews. During his Octagon interview with Joe Rogan, he hinted at a matchup with Cerrone.

But during his UFC 272 post-fight press conference, Holland teased a change of plans.

“I think I should fight Daniel Rodriguez next,” Holland said. “The last time I yelled Cowboy, Daniel Rodriguez jumped into my inbox and said, ‘Hey, don’t do that, that’s my OG.’ Taking out the student doesn’t feel like I need to take out the OG. Ultimately, I’m a huge cowboy fan, so I probably wouldn’t feel as good as I imagined.”

Kevin Holland scored a brutal finish on Alex Oliveira at UFC 272

Holland exploded on stage with a Fighter of the Year run in 2020. He racked up five straight wins, including brutal finishes Joaquin Buckley and Charlie Ontiveros.

Holland made the move from middleweight to welterweight after three straight losses. He fell to top contender Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson last year and is looking forward to a new chapter at 170 pounds.

Adding to his UFC accomplishments, his brash trash talk and personality has made him an undeniable favorite of UFC fans. He has also challenged online trolls to fight at his gym, embarrassing them each time.

Holland wins Oliveira proves that he not only makes the jump to welterweight with ease, but also performs at a high level. After debuting in 2022, he will look to reclaim his 2020 magic.

UFC 272: Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal took place live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday March 5, 2022. Follow along with FanSided MMA on-site for all your news and highlights. Kevin Holland backtracks on Donald Cerrone callout, wants Daniel Rodriguez

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