A clash of ferocious beasts will take centerstage inside the octagon as Tim Means and Kevin Holland square off in a three-round welterweight clash in UFC on ESPN 37. The bout is part of the undercard of the Calvin Kattar-Josh Emmett main event. Means and Holland will meet on Saturday, June 18, at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. The match is scheduled at 7:00 PM ET and it is aired on pay-per-view and streamed on UFC Fight Pass.
Means and Holland have a combined 76 fights on their resume and both have knockout power on their fists so expect an action-packed striking duel with both fighters coming off impressive victories in their last bouts. Online UFC oddsmakers slightly favor Means as he is coming off three straight wins. However, Means might face octagon rust in this bout as he has not fought since June last year. On the other hand, Holland’s impressive return to the welterweight class on March 5 might play a factor in betting for the winner in this bout.
UFC on ESPN 37: Tim Means vs. Kevin Holland Betting Information
Competing since 2004, Means (32-12-1-1 NC) has fought the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Neil Magny, Matt Brown, Alex Oliveira, Thiago Alves and Nicolas Dalby in the cage. Although he has mixed wins and losses in his UFC career, Means is a quality fighter that can pull off impressive showings while he fights. He has been given the performance of the night honors twice (against Dhiego Lima in UFC 184 in February 2015 and opposite John Howard in UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs VanZant in December 2015). After losing via submission against Daniel Rodriguez, Means has been on a three-fight winning streak as he defeated Laureano Staropali, Mike Perry and Dalby.
His one-year break after the Dalby fight might cause him to move slowly (in other words, octagon rust). Otherwise, it may give him enough time to discover new moves, polish old ones and craft new strategies that can help him inside the cage come fight time.
Holland (22-7-1 NC) had an up-and-down last two years before winning his bout against Alex Oliveira in March this year. In 2020, he tied the record for “most UFC wins in a calendar year” with five wins in a span of seven months. In 2021, he went the opposite. The Batmen failed to win a single match in three bouts between March 20 and October 2 (one of them a no-contest after he was knocked unconscious when he clashed heads with Kyle Daukaus). Holland fought seven times between May 2020 and April 2021, a record in UFC.
In March, Holland returned to the welterweight ranks and met Oliveira. And this time, Batman made short work of his foe, finishing him off in just 38 seconds of the second round. His technical knockout win over Oliveira gave him the “Performance of the Night” honors and proved that his decision was right to return to the 170-pound class. He will try to extend his winning run this year and hope to crack in the welterweight championship picture sometime soon.
Means vs. Holland Betting Numbers
|Record||32-12-1 (1 NC)||22-7-0 (1 NC)|
|Weight||170 lbs||170 lbs|
|Win by KO/TKO||59%||59%|
|Strikes Landed Per Minute||5.06||3.84|
|Striking Absorbed Per Minute||3.58||2.38|
Means vs. Holland Summary
Expect a slam-bang affair between Holland and Means, with the latter winning via decision, online UFC betting picks indicate. Means has the capability to dominate Holland, who has just returned to the welterweight class and beat him squarely in their upcoming bout.
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