- UFC Orlando Odds: Kevin Holland and Stephen Thompson open as a pick ’em between the two fighters for their scheduled December 3 fight. Both fighters currently have -108 odds.
- Holland hasn’t seen a fight go the distance in his last four UFC appearances.
- Holland should come out of his short notice fight against Khazmat Chimaev and beat Thompson in this scheduled welterweight fight.
The UFC matchmakers have rewarded Kevin Holland for stepping up to the plate on short notice to fight Khazmat Chimaev after Chimaev failed to make weight and ruined his main event fight against Nate Diaz. The co-main is set to feature Tai Tuivasa vs Sergei Pavlovich.
Holland will face Stephen Thompson on December 3, UFC Orlando hosts a big-name fight against two longtime fixtures in the UFC’s welterweight division. We review the latest Holland vs Thompson odds with a fight pick to follow.
Kevin Holland vs Stephen Thompson Odds
Early odds for this fight don’t separate the two figthers as the oddsmakers aren’t comfortable picking an underdog and favorite for this even matchup.
Bettors would have to wager $108 to return $100 on either Holland or Thompson as until the lines move, there is equal value in taking either fighter. For the latest UFC odds, check out the latest UFC betting promos.
Holland vs Thompson Prediction
This could easily be Holland and Thompson’s last appearance inside the Octagon. Holland has hinted at retirement, after securing a large payday in his last minute challange against Khazmat. Whereas “Wonderboy” is now 39 and his UFC run is coming close to an end, after beating the best of the best, Thompson never claimed UFC gold but could still enter the UFC HOF in the near future.
Holland will be bringing his energetic style against the far more patient style of Wonderboy’s in this fight. Holland hasn’t had a fight go the distance in his last four fights, while Thompson hasn’t had a fight end with a finish since his 2019 TKO loss to Anthony Pettis.
Thompson is coming off two straight losses where takedown defense was the cause of his defeat. Belal Muhammad took Thompson down a staggering seven times, while Gilbert Burns took Wonderboy down three times.
It is hard to win on the scorecards when you spend most of the fight on your back and Thompson will need to keep this fight standing if he wants to get back in the win column.
Luckily for Thompson, Holland isn’t much of a grappler. Holland has a paltry .83 takedowns per 15 minutes over his UFC career and hasn’t landed a takedown in his last five fights. That bodes well for Thompson as his biggest weakness is less likely to be exploited.
Despite lacking the ability to easily exploit Thompson’s obvious weaknesses as a grappler, Holland should win this fight. The ‘Trailblazer’ has a bit of momentum from stepping up to face Chimaev, while Thompson is on the wind down after two consecutive humbling decision losses. Back the energetic Holland to bring the fight to Wonderboy and earn the win come early December.
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