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Stephen Thompson will headline a PPV-quality UFC Fight Night in a blockbuster welterweight clash against Kevin Holland tonight.
‘Wonderboy’ is desperate to reverse a two-fight losing streak having not been in the Octagon since he was beaten by Belal Muhammad last December.
The 39-year-old (16-6-1) is now back in 2022 to face 23-8 Holland, who originally announced plans to retire after he was dominated by top welterweight contender Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279.
The pair will headline an Orlando card that also includes the likes of Tai Tuivasa, Derek Brunson and Rafael Dos Anjos.
This event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 3 and is being held at the Amway Center in Orlando rather than the usual UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas.
The prelim action will still start at 1am with the main card kicking off at 3am on Sunday morning.
Thompson vs Holland can then be expected at around 5:30am for UK fans.
The action will be shown on BT Sport 1 and their coverage will start at midnight.
talkSPORT will also have all the build-up and reaction to the action throughout fight week.
Subject to change
“It’s not really a stand-and-bang (fight),” Holland said.
“It’s a real technical standup fight, and you have to implement certain things to get to ‘Wonderboy’ and have your way with ‘Wonderboy.’
“I plan on implementing those things, and I plan on showing that I can strike with the best of them.
“Its’s just a very, very fun matchup. Talk about a guy that’s fought for a world title, that’s fought some of the best out there at the top of the weight class for a long time.
“If you do want a number next to your name, you have to go through somebody like that.”
“I’m smiling, I can’t stop smiling, it’s going to be fun. The reason why I’m smiling is because this is what the fans want to see,” Thompson said on Just Scrap Radio on BJPENN.com.
“I hate putting on, I don’t like boring fights. When I fight the Belal’s and the Gilbert Burns, especially the way they did it, it would’ve been better if they were trying for submissions and stuff.
“It just wasn’t an exciting fight. It reminded me of the Demian Maia-Tyron Woodley fight where they just shoot and fans are booing.
“Fans want to see what makes ‘Wonderboy,’ ‘Wonderboy’ and that is my striking and I’m excited for sure. I know Kevin Holland is excited as well.”
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