Fight Night in Las Vegas is back in a big way this week with some rising stars set to face off in Sin City. The evening’s fight card will be headlined by a showdown between No. 7 ranked middleweight Derek Brunson (20-7-0) who will take on a capable and equally dangerous challenger in No. 10 ranked Kevin Holland (20-5-0). In what was going to be a co-main event for tonight, the lightweight showdown pitting No. 15 ranked Gregor Gillespie against Brad Riddell has been called off due to COVID-19 protocols.
UFC Fight Night Vegas 22 prelims begin at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and the main card takes place starting at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 20, and will be broadcast LIVE on both ESPN and ESPN Plus. You can watch Brunson vs. Holland and the other fights live for FREE with FuboTV (free trial). If you are out of free trials, or want to try another streaming platform, fans without a cable service can watch all the fights live online on ESPN+ for under $6. The five-round middleweight main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card is one that could easily be viewed as nothing more than a crossroads bout. Holland has been emerging as a rising star, going 5-0 in 2020 with four stoppage victories. Brunson is nearly a decade older at 37 years old and rarely discussed with the enthusiasm so many express over the future of Holland.
But reading a little further into the fight reveals that Brunson is far more than a gatekeeper — a term with unfair connotations — at 185 pounds. Brunson may actually be one of the greatest fighters to ever fill that role.
Of Brunson’s seven career losses, only one came against a man to never challenge for or hold a world title in the UFC or Strikeforce. Meanwhile, heavily-hyped fighters like Ian Heinisch and Edmen Shahbazyan have failed when matched with Brunson.
Still, Holland has been aggressive in his pre-fight trash talk, telling Brunson to accept his role as a gatekeeper.
Derek Brunson vs Kevin Holland is expected to start at close to midnight. The UFC Vegas 22 prelims will commence at 7:30 pm (ET).
UFC Vegas 22 Main Event start time: 11:50 pm – 12:30 am (ET)
UFC Vegas 22 Main Card start time: 10:00 pm (ET)
UFC Vegas 22 Prelims start time: 7:30 pm (ET)
Is there a UFC Vegas 22 live stream?
Yes, the only way to watch UFC Vegas 22: Brunson vs. Holland tonight is via the official ESPN+ website.
UFC Vegas 22 Fight Card
Saturday, March 20 – UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada
Main Card – 10:00 pm (ET) on ESPN+
Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland
Song Kenan vs. Max Griffin
Cheyanne Buys vs. Montserrat Ruiz
Adrian Yanez vs. Gustavo Lopez
Tai Tuivasa vs. Harry Hunsucker
Prelims – 7:30 pm (ET) on ESPN+
Marion Reneau vs. Macy Chiasson
Leonardo Santos vs. Grant Dawson
Trevin Giles vs. Roman Dolidze
Montel Jackson vs. Jesse Strader
Bruno Silva vs. JP Buys