Las Vegas – UFC continues its series of events in Las Vegas with an intriguing middleweight bout that will see No. 4 ranked contender Jack Hermansson take on surging Kevin Holland. Also, former interim light heavyweight title challenger Ovince Saint Preux faces undefeated Jamahal Hill.
UFC Fight Night on ESPN: Hermansson vs. Holland will take place Saturday, December 5 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The entire event will air on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes (in English and Spanish), and be simulcast on ESPN+. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT and the prelims at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.
Hermansson (21-5) fighting out of Oslo, Norway hopes to make the most of his third UFC main event by stopping Holland’s momentum in highlight-reel fashion. Known for his devastating ground-and-pound, Hermansson has netted memorable victories against Kelvin Gastelum, Jacare Souza, David Branch and Thales Leites. Hermansson is now poised to defend his spot in the middleweight top five with another vintage performance.
Holland (20-5) fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas looks to enter his name in the record books as only the third modern-era UFC athlete to win five bouts in a calendar year—joining Roger Huerta and Neil Magny. The talented striker and grappler has so far bested Charlie Ontiveros, Darren Stewart, Joaquin Buckley and Anthony Hernandez in 2020. Holland now aims for the biggest win of his career to crack the middleweight rankings.
Saint Preux (25-14) fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn., who is among the most entertaining finishers in MMA, looks to build off the momentum of his recent KO victory against Alonzo Menifield. Throughout his UFC run, Saint Preux has earned impressive stoppage wins over Tyson Pedro, Corey Anderson and Shogun Rua. He now has his sights set on another show-stealing performance to once again tie Glover Teixeira for most light heavyweight finishes.
Hill (7-0 1NC) fighting out of Grand Rapids, Mich. aims to remain unbeaten as he continues his ascent up the light heavyweight ladder. Since earning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series with a TKO victory over Alexander Poppeck last year, Hill secured a spectacular win against Darko Stosic. Hill now looks to shine in his first UFC co-main event by taking out a seasoned veteran for the most important win of his career.
Additional bouts on the card include, No. 15 ranked women’s flyweight contender Montana De La Rosa (11-6) fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas faces Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil alum Taila Santos (16-1) fighting out of Jaraguá do Sul, SC, Brazil. Undefeated light heavyweight Roman Dolidze (7-0) fighting out of Batumi, Georgia hopes to continue his winning ways against John Allan (13-5 1NC) fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil. Lightweight veteran Matt Wiman (16-9) fighting out of Portland, Ore.) aims to hand Jordan Leavitt (7-0) fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. his first professional loss.
Dana White’s Contender Series contract winner Jimmy Flick (15-5) fighting out of Tulsa, Okla. debuts against Cody Durden (11-2-1) fighting out of Covington, Ga. Nate Landwehr (14-3) fighting out of Clarksville, Tenn. meets Movsar Evloev (13-0) fighting out of Sunzha, Republic of Ingushetia, Russia in a clash of featherweight hopefuls. Ilia Topuria (9-0) fighting out of Alicante, Spain hopes to remain unbeaten when he faces Damon Jackson (18-3-1 1NC) fighting out of Dallas, Texas) in a featherweight bout.
Entertaining bantamweights collide when Louis Smolka (16-7) fighting out of Kapolei, Hawaii takes on Jose Quinonez (9-4) fighting out of San Diego, Calif. Gian Villante (17-12) fighting out of Bellmore, N.Y. goes for his first UFC heavyweight win when he locks horns with Jake Collier (11-5) fighting out of Cuba, Mo. Gabriel Benitez (21-9) fighting out of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico faces Justin Jaynes (15-5) fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. in an action-packed featherweight contest.
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