UFC Vegas 22: Brunson vs Holland Fight Picks


The UFC Vegas 22 main event between Derek Brunson and Kevin Holland is bound to end dramatically. When you look at the styles of these two competitors, factor in the stages they are in their respective careers, and look at how often both of their fights end in the first round. It’s hard to imagine this contest not ending without a bang. 

Derek Brunson(-172) vs Kevin Holland (+140)

Fresh off the biggest year of his career after compiling an impressive 5-0 record that includes the knockout of the year by way of a spinning back kick for the ages. Holland has become one of the hottest fighters in the UFC right now. The dynamic and unconventional striking is incredibly dangerous from all positions, with an amazing ability to use his length so well that it translates to power, the margin for error is exceptionally small against Holland. 

Brunson has quietly strung together a 3 fight win streak after taking a loss to Israel Adesanya in 2018. The staple of the middleweight division finds himself in very familiar territory of fighting the next biggest thing of the 185-pound division. In his last fight, he was the underdog in a fight that was supposed to be Edmen Shahbazyan’s coming out party. But Brunson rained on that parade in dominating fashion. After dishing out a beating over the highly touted prospect, Brunson enters this contest with momentum.

At the end of the day   

It’s still somewhat surprising to see Brunson the fanduel betting favorite. Despite the fact, he has more experience competing against a higher caliber of competition than his counterpart, Holland’s 2020 is enough to justify being the fanduel favorite for this contest. Holland may be more dangerous of a striker, but Brunson will have a significant edge in the grappling department. It’ll be the implementation of a heavily grappling game plan that’ll give Bruson the victory

Pick: Derek Brunson 

Gregor Gillespie (-230) vs Brad Riddell (+184)

Up until his last fight, Gregor Gillespie was an undefeated fighter with a record of 13-0, with 11 of those victories coming by stoppage. The very well-rounded wrestling-based fighter was starting to make himself by starting his UFC career off with a 6-0 record, with the last 5 wins coming by stoppage. But things took an ugly turn for him in 2019 when he took the biggest fight of his career against Kevin Lee and was on the wrong end of a vicious head kick knockout loss. 

Riddell has an extensive professional kickboxing background and is the more skilled striker in this matchup, however, is more of a one-dimensional fighter in comparison to someone like Gillespie. Hence Riddle being the fanduel underdog.

At the end of the day  

If Gillespie can turn the page and pick up from where he left off before the Lee fight, this fight is his for the taking. Riddle is a powerhouse on the feet but doesn’t have the best takedown defense in the world. If Gillespie decides to take a wrestling approach, which is reasonable to expect based on what happened in his last fight, Gillespie should be able to control the fight early to earn the decision to win. 

Pick: Gregor Gillespie

Song Kenan (+148) vs Max Griffin (-184)

Max Griffin is a tough out for any welterweight on the roster. A fighter who likes to pressure early, Griffin also has the power in his hands to change the course of a fight in an instant. Almost half of his wins come via KO/TKO, he keeps a high guard and loves to fire a fast cross that has given him much success in the past. Kenan is much like Griffin in that he has powerful punching coupled with great technique and takes an aggressive approach to competing. Both of these fighters have no qualms about taking risks, which explains why both have high KO rates.

At the end of the day

Kenan has both massive power, and wicked accuracy, a dangerous combination. But if Griffin can avoid trouble and push it out of the first round, it’ll favor him. Griffin’s more experience over better competition will allow him to be composed enough to execute a smart game plan to get the W.

Pick: Max Griffin 

Leonardo Santos(+184) vs Grant Dawson (-230)

It’s a Brazillian Ju Jitsu versus Wrestler matchup, Santos is on an 8 fight unbeaten streak since he entered the UFC and over half of his professional wins come by submission. Dawson is also one to end fights in the grappling realm boasting a 11 submission wins out of his 16 total. This is a BJJ whiz against an absolute tank of a wrestler. 

At the end of the day 

As impressive as Santos’s record seems to be on the surface, he has been a very inactive fighter throughout his UFC career. The fanduel betting odds probably have him as an underdog for that reason . Dawson has had troubles at the scale in the past, but if he can show up to this contest on weight he will likely control Santos on the ground on route to a unanimous decision win.

Pick: Grant Dawson

The middleweight division has its fair share of viable contenders to be the next to challenge Adesanya. But at the same time, things are wide open. One impressive finish at the right time and it could mean a fast track to a title shot. If there was ever a candidate for such fate, its the winner of Dererk Brunson vs Kevin Holland.

Are you ready to make your fight picks? Head over to fanduel and enter the fight night contest for this weekend!




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