‘I don’t know what they’re complaining about’- Kevin Holland States He Makes ‘Good Money’ with the UFC 

Published 08/26/2021, 12:34 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: Kevin Holland celebrates his KO victory over 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)


Despite a significant rise in the number of UFC fighters bringing up fighter pay, middleweight contender Kevin Holland seems quite satisfied with what’s coming his way. 

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Kevin Holland ended 2020 on a high note, with a five-fight win streak. His impressive performance against Jacare Souza, which ended with a first-round knockout for the ‘trailblazer’, set him up for a fight in the top ten. 

However, Holland went onto lose both of his next matchups, first against long-time middleweight contender Derek Brunson followed by a loss to Italian national Marvin Vettori. Regardless, the 28-year-old has a very outspoken personality and unique fighting style. Perhaps that is why the UFC recently signed Holland to another multi-fight contract. 

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In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, discussing fighter pay, Kevin Holland made the following statement. 

“I make good money in the UFC. I don’t know what Paige VanZant’s money was, but it’s like, some of these people talking about they don’t get paid this much money in the UFC, they don’t get paid that much money in the UFC, either A, they need to fight more or B, they need to get a better manager. I make good money. I’m very, very happy. My son’s happy, my mom’s happy, my stepdad’s happy, my daddy’s happy, my grandma’s happy, my whole family’s happy. So I don’t know what they’re complaining about.”   


Kevin Holland has stepped up whenever an opportunity arises. A relatively young fighter, Holland enjoys being active, which helps him stay sharp. But also provides the UFC a reliable backup option for big fights as well. 

Can Kevin Holland become the middleweight champion? 

Kevin Holland has proven to be a very dangerous and creative striker. His awkward style coupled with his athleticism makes him a very tough puzzle to solve on the feet. 

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However, Holland’s last two performances have exposed a gaping hole in his game: his wrestling.  

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 08: (R-L) Kevin Holland punches Joaquin Buckley in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 08, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Thankfully, ever since the loss against Vettori, Holland has been working on his wrestling abilities. Even going down to AKA and training with former double champion Daniel Cormier. Holland is getting ready for his third bout this year. He will meet Kyle Daukaus at a UFC Fight Night event on Oct. 2.

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What do you think? Can Kevin Holland become the middleweight champion? Let us know in the comments. 

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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