I honestly didn’t think he’d beat Holland, due to size and Kevin being the more rested fighter but JDM picked him apart in the first two rounds and imo clearly won 29-28 at worst. Third round was hard to judge
I get one angle of this but often we are left waiting for fights that never happen or that aren’t what they could have been when someone falls off.
There’s too much fear of losing on fight records. If 2 rising prospects are as good as they look then it will be a great fight and the loser will be back one day maybe even for the title against the other guy which is a way better story and bigger fight.
There’s no point saving fights for a rainy day that might never come.
I like the idea of lining up contenders to fight champions. Fresh blood, title fights we haven’t seen. So lets say Shavkat fights Chimaev and Chimaev wins, then Chimaev fights Usman for a no.1 contender fight and Usman wins you just took two prospects away and both dropped them down a notch.
Its not like Bassil had time to prepare either, he wasn’t even in the UFC. JDM also didn’t look hot against Holland., Wins but I wouldn’t call him on the level of an Ian Garry, Chimaev or Shavkat for example.
Hell I remember Chimaev fought at MW, cut to WW a week later then two months later fought at MW and SMASHED. I think total combined time between two of those back to back fights was under 4 minutes