Kevin Holland says he’s ready to step up his UFC Main Event fight with Marvin Vettori, although he last entered the cage just three weeks ago.
Holland will make a short 21-day turnaround after his loss to Derek Brunson when he returns to the cage as a late replacement for Liverpool-born Darren Till on April 10.
Holland, 28, nicknamed “ Trailblazer, ” equalizes Deiveson Figueiredo’s record (UFC 255 and UFC 256) for the shortest period of time for a turnaround fight in UFC history.
“I discovered [about the fight] at the last second. I was in the shower when they hit me and someone said something about a fight. I got in the shower and by the time I got out the fight was announced, “Holland said. Sky Sports.
“They gave it to me. I trained, I’m here, so that’s what it is.
“It’s my job, it’s my career. They tell me I need to step up, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Holland, who had scored 17 of his 21 career stoppage wins, was asked if he might have wanted to take time off after losing to Brunson. He replied, “Any free time? No. It’s for retirees. I’m here to work. I’m young, healthy, full of motivation, full of confidence. I’m a worker.”
Vettori (16-4-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) will look to extend his five-fight winning streak on Saturday, but Holland knows there will be a lot of pressure on his opponent to deliver the goods.
“Marvin has to do his main event. The pressure is on him. There is no pressure on me. The only pressure on me is the pressure people are trying to put on me,” he said. declared.
“I used to be under pressure when my report card went out and now I am under pressure when they tell me my son’s report card is coming out.
“Marvin is a fighter. We’re just fighters. I don’t think too much about these guys, to be honest with you. We’re just going out there and giving up.”
Holland also discussed Vettori’s plan, saying, “The problem with the plans is that if you build a building on the left, you try to build the same building on the right, [but] things are going to be upside down. “
And Holland added that he didn’t want to be Till’s “janitor” all the time, saying “The Gorilla” “owed” him something when asked about a potential fight between the two of them in the future. .