Kevin Holland Favored to Beat Tim Means at UFC on ESPN 37


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  • Kevin Holland is listed as the -310 favorite to beat Tim Means (+260).
  • Holland is coming off a KO win over Alex Oliveira while Means has won his last three bouts.
  • The two welterweights are scheduled to fight at UFC on ESPN 37 on June 18th at the Frank Irwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Kevin Holland has opened as the betting favorite to beat Tim Means in their June 18 bout at UFC on ESPN 37.

TrailBlazer is currently listed as the -310 favorite while Dirty Bird came back at +260 when the best UFC betting sites first posted the betting odds for the event earlier this week:

UFC on ESPN 37 will take place at the Frank Irwin Center in Austin, Texas, and will be headlined by a featherweight showdown between Top 10 contenders Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett.

Holland Stops Alex Oliveira in Welterweight Return

Holland recently ended his three-fight winless streak with a second round knockout win over Alex Oliveira in his welterweight return at UFC 272 last March 5, 2022. Entering the bout, Holland was 0-2 with one no-contest in his previous three bouts. Before that winless streak, however, Holland won five consecutive bouts at the UFC APEX, all in 2020.

The 29-year-old from Riverside, California previously competed for Bellator MMA, King of Cage, and Legacy Fighting Alliance. Holland also fought under XKO where he became the welterweight and middleweight champions. He joined the UFC via the Contender Series where he picked up a win over Will Santiago Jr. Holland is 22-7 with 13 knockouts and five submission wins.

Holland has lost only once as the betting favorite inside the UFC Octagon. Trailblazer was the -180 odds on favorite when he lost to Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Vegas 22 on March 20, 2021. In his most recent bout, Holland was the huge -385 betting favorite against Oliveira.

Means Survives, Wins Unanimous Decision vs Nicolas Dalby

Means survive a late shock from Nicolas Dalby to win via unanimous decision and cash the +200 in the ‘to win via decision’ prop against Nicolas Dalby at UFC Vegas 30 last June 26, 2021. With the win, the Dirty Bird has now won four out of his last 11 bouts by way of the judges’ decision, going 4-7 during that stretch for a profit of +8.19 units on the decision prop bet in his last 11 bouts.

The 38-year-old from Wilburton, Oklahoma is a former lightweight and junior welterweight champion at the King of the Cage promotion who is in his second tour of duty with the UFC. Dirty Bird first joined the UFC in 2012 but after losing back-to-back bouts in 2013, he left for LFA. Three fights later, he came back and won six out of his first eight UFC bouts before going 3-5 with one no contest in his next eight bouts. But since losing to Daniel Rodrigues in February 2020, Means has won three in a row. Overall, he is 32-12 with 19 knockouts and 5 submission wins.

Means isn’t new to having the plus money sign written next to his name. During his current three-fight winning run, he was the betting underdog in two bouts. Dirty Bird closed at +140 odds when he beat Laureano Staropoli in August 2020 and was a +102 when he defeated Mike Perry at UFC 255.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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