Kevin Holland Returns to Middleweight Against Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC 302

Kevin Holland returns to middleweight to face Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC 302 on June 1. The bout adds an intriguing storyline to the event, as both fighters aim to make a statement in the competitive 185-pound division.

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Kevin Holland Returns to Middleweight Against Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC 302

Kevin Holland Returns to Middleweight Against Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC 302

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced a new bout between Kevin Holland and Michal Oleksiejczuk at middleweight for UFC 302: Makhachev vs Poirier, taking place on June 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Kevin Holland (25-11, 1 NC) returns to middleweight after two consecutive losses. In his last outing in March, he lost a unanimous decision against Michael "Venom" Page. Prior to that, he lost by split decision against Jack Della Maddalena in September. Holland previously competed at middleweight, where he achieved a record five straight wins in 2020, before moving down to welterweight. In his recent welterweight stint, Holland went 4-4, with wins over Michael Chiesa and Santiago Ponzinibbio, and losses to Stephen Thompson and Khamzat Chimaev.

Michal Oleksiejczuk (19-7, 1 NC) aims to bounce back from his first-round submission loss to Michel Pereira in March. The 13-fight UFC veteran will look to get back on track against Holland in this short-notice middleweight matchup.

The main event of UFC 302 features lightweight champion Islam Makhachev (25-1) defending his title against former interim champion Dustin Poirier (30-8, 1 NC). The co-main event pits former middleweight champion Sean Strickland (28-6) against former title challenger Paulo Costa (14-3). The addition of the Holland vs Oleksiejczuk bout to the fight card was announced by ESPN via a post on X.

With Holland's return to middleweight and Oleksiejczuk looking to rebound from a loss, this matchup adds an intriguing storyline to the UFC 302 event. Both fighters will aim to make a statement and position themselves for bigger opportunities in the competitive 185-pound division.

Key Takeaways

  • UFC 302 adds Kevin Holland vs Michal Oleksiejczuk at middleweight on June 1.
  • Holland returns to middleweight after two consecutive losses at welterweight.
  • Oleksiejczuk aims to bounce back from a first-round submission loss in March.
  • The event takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
  • Main event features Islam Makhachev vs Dustin Poirier for the lightweight title.