Lion Fight 30: Ky Hollenbeck Believes UFC Vet Mark Holst Can “Beat Anybody, Given The Opportunity”
By Kelsey Mowatt
Ky Hollenbeck will battle Mark Holst at Lion Fight 30 tonight, and since the latter hasn’t fought in over two years, the decorated kickboxer understands he could be facing a new-and-improved opponent.
While Hollenbeck is coming off a stoppage win over Justin Greskiewicz at Lion Fight 28 in February, Holst hasn’t fought since Lion Fight 15 in May, 2014. The UFC veteran dropped a unanimous decision loss to Cosmo Alexandre at the event.
Recently Hollenbeck appeared on Full Contact Fighter Radio, and when asked if he believes Holst has improved since his last outing, the American stated:
“Definitely. That’s why I think watching film on people is always not great, because you get an idea of who this person was, but that was who this person was two years ago, or who that person was even six months ago. In that time frame, you can develop a whole new style.”
Although Hollenbeck has an extensive kickboxing record, and is widely regarded to be one of the best strikers in the U.S, he’s keenly aware that Holst is an experienced fighter as well.
“So, I think just going in with the mentality that he’s a vet in the fight game, whether or not he’s a Muay Thai guy, or he’s been doing MMA, he’s done it for a long time,” added Hollenbeck. “So he knows his way around the ring, he has ringmanship, he has solid tools in his arsenal to use. So, regardless of whether he’s been fighting recently or not, somebody who has been in the game that long, and has been doing as well as he has in the time that he’s been doing it, has the ability to beat anybody, given the opportunity.”
Tonight’s bout comes at a time when Hollenbeck has recorded back-to-back wins under the Lion Fight banner, after he completed multiple times for GLORY.
“I like Muay Thai,” the San Francisco fighter said, when asked if he has preference between Muay Thai and kickboxing rules. “Mostly because it allows me the most tools. I think the more tools I have in my arsenal the more dangerous my style is. My style is typically tricky, elusive, and aggressive, but aggressive to a point where I want to confuse people with what I’m doing. So they’re not certain what I’m going to throw at them….Muay Thai allows me the ability to make people guess more…”
Lion Fight 30 will take place at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The main card will be broadcast on AXS TV.