Kevin Holland has revealed that his return to the UFC cage will be on June 18th against veteran Tim Means.
Holland announced the fight Friday through a video he posted to social media. He made light of Means’ “dirty bird” nickname in the clip, choking out a mascot that resembled Sesame Street’s Big Bird character.
Nolan King of MMA Junkie has also confirmed the fight since the Holland’s video was released. The matchup is joining a UFC card that is expected to take place in Austin, Texas, USA.
Holland will be making his second appearance since moving down to welterweight. He scored a win in his recent return to the weight class, finishing Alex Oliveira with strikes in March.
Holland moved down to the 170-pound limit after struggling at middleweight last year, suffering two losses and one no contest.
The booking is set to be Means’ first appearance in over a year. He is currently on a three-fight winning streak, which is the longest series of wins he has attained since a run in 2014 and 2015.
His last appearance was in June 2021, when he secured a unanimous decision win against Nicolas Dalby.
UFC’s June 18th show does not have a main event set for it currently. Here are the few bouts reported for the show already:
Bout 5: Phil Hawes (11-3) vs. Deron Winn (7-2) (Middleweight)
Bout 4: Kyle Daukaus (11-2) vs. Roman Dolidze (9-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 3: Damir Ismagulov (23-1) vs. Guram Kutateladze (12-2) (Lightweight)
Bout 2: Julian Marquez (9-2) vs. Gregory Rodrigues (11-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 1: Tim Means (32-12-1) vs. Kevin Holland (22-7) (Welterweight)