‘We’re Supposed to Be Athletes!’- Kevin Holland Not Happy With COVID Infected Athletes

Published 02/25/2021, 10:14 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Kevin Holland poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Being one of the first sports to return to live-action has meant that the UFC as a promotion has had to overcome a lot of obstacles and figure things about as they went about hosting events. Organizing fight cards during a pandemic has meant that a lot of bouts have had to be canceled at the last minute as fighters tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Although this has meant that a lot of fighters have been able to make their UFC debut on short notice, it has also affected a lot of fighters who have had to deal with the virus. 

Most recently, UFC’s rising star, Khamzat Chimaev, had to pull out of his fight against Leon Edwards not once, but twice, due to the lingering effects of the virus. But, a fellow breakout star from 2020, Kevin Holland, believes that COVID should not stop a fighter from entering the octagon. 

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UFC fighter Kevin Holland makes a bizarre claim about COVID-19

On a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, ‘Trailblazer’ Kevin Holland joined Joe Rogan. While discussing the issue of COVID-19 causing fights to be canceled, Holland had an interesting take on the same. 

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He said, “You sit up here and say it’s sad cause he (Chimaev) had COVID and sh*t like that. But they said I had COVID. And we’re supposed to be athletes, it’s like get the f**k over it…. Ahh you know my girl had it pretty good. And I was f***ing her the whole time… It’s like we all take it different. Different fighters, different heart don’t claim to have the heart if you ain’t got it…. I mean sh*t the flu sucks, you know Michael Jordan still went out there and won.”

2020 was a record-breaking year for Kevin Holland. ‘Trailblazer’ became the first middleweight fighter and the third fighter in UFC history to go 5-0 in a calendar year. He won four of the five fights via T/KO. 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: (R-L) Kevin Holland punches Jacare Souza of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Holland will be aiming to build on an impressive 2020 by starting 2021 off strong against Derek Brunson. ‘Trailblazer’ will take on Brunson on March 20 in a five-round main event. If he can secure a win against Brunson, he will see a significant rise in the rankings and would feature in the upper echelons of the division. 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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