“I Grabbed His Neck and Pushed Him Away”- Khamzat Chimaev Says Kevin Holland Got Into a Scuffle With Him

Published 10/25/2021, 9:09 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Khamzat Chimaev of Czechia celebrates after his TKO victory over Rhys McKee of Northern Ireland in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Khamzat Chimaev, a UFC welterweight contender, is one of the most promising fighters in the company right now. The ‘Borz’ made a smashing start in the UFC against John Phillips at UFC on ESPN 13 and has been on a winning streak ever since. In all of his professional battles, the Swedish national has won by submission or knockout, proving his superiority in each outing. Chimaev currently boasts a commendable 9-0 professional fight record.

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The ‘Borz’ recently made headlines after he revealed what went down in an altercation with middleweight contender Kevin Holland backstage at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleink, which took place at the UFC Apex Sports Complex Las Vegas. In a video, Khamzat addressed what happened with Holland that night.

He said “Holland, He commented something under an IG post about me. He wrote something like, ‘it’s all good but where’s your mask? You can infect him.’ Something like that.” I came up to him in the hotel and asked, ‘What did you mean by that?’ He answered, ‘I don’t really remember, but what about it?’ Or something like that. I grabbed his neck and pushed him away. Then, when people were holding me, he started. Blah blah blah, typical American thing. Just talking without doing anything.

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Holland was in attendance for the event, because he fought Joaquin Buckley at UFC Fight Night. Khamzat, on the other hand, was present as a guest of UFC president Dana White.

While there appears to be some animosity between the two fighters, it appears that they will compete in different divisions of the UFC for the time being. Kevin Holland fights in the middleweight division, while Khamzat fights in the welterweight division. However, we’ve seen Holland compete as a welterweight before, and if the beef escalates, this could turn into a potential match-up.

What’s next for Khamzat Chimaev?

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Khamzat Chimaev will take on his toughest opponent to date at UFC 267. So far, he’s only fought competitors who aren’t in the top 15, whether at middleweight or welterweight. His upcoming opponent is ranked at number 11 in the welterweight division.

At this Saturday’s highly anticipated UFC 267 event, the Swedish national is set to make his comeback after a thirteen-month sabbatical. For a welterweight duel, ‘Borz’ has been paired up with ‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang.

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Should Chimaev emerge victorious once again, he will have the opportunity to begin competing against the top fighters in the division.

What do you think will be the outcome of the bout? Let us know in the comments.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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