Kevin Holland Reveals a Tense Interaction with Khamzat Chimaev and his Entourage

Published 03/18/2021, 9:25 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 04: Kevin Holland prepares to fight Thiago Santos of Brazil in their middleweight fight during the UFC 227 event inside Staples Center on August 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC middleweight Kevin Holland took to social media and went after Khamzat Chimaev in the latest press sit-down. Holland and Chimaev have had plenty of unsavory interactions in the past, and the former detailed yet another such instance. Both men have been competing against each other in some way ever since they both broke out in 2020.

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Kevin Holland is preparing for his first main event showcase against Derek Brunson with the hope to break into title contention. Holland has proven to fans and the UFC brass that he has what it takes to drum up interest. His entertaining breakdown of a run-in with the Swedish-Russian fighter in Chimaev is a testament to his skill of garnering interest.

Kevin Holland on a contentious run-in with ‘Borz’ Chimaev

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‘The Trailblazer’ didn’t hold back by any measure when looking back at a lobby run-in with Khamzat Chimaev. The two have had a similar altercation in the past as well, and things seem to escalate. At this rate, it’s a matter of time before their interactions reach critical status.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: (R-L) Khamzat Chimaev of Chechnya punches Gerald Meerschaert in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“It wasn’t like an ‘almost fight’, it was literally like I seen him, he seen me and I walked in like ‘Oh look, my best friend is here. Granted, there’s a language barrier, so he probably didn’t understand that I was being sarcastic and he was like ‘Oh, you want to be friends now?”

‘The Trailblazer’: Always on sight

Additionally, Holland went on to say that he was ready to throw hands at Chimaev despite his entourage being there. It’s clear that there’s plenty of tension built up between both men and a potential fight could be lined up.

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)

“I started laughing, I was likely ‘Fu*k no, never, why would I want to be friends with you.’ And somebody behind me was like ‘Kevin there’s a lot of them and there’s only one of you’ and I was like ‘I’m not worried about it, I drove out here, I got dild*s in the car, I’m ready to fu*k that boy’.

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“I’m never really worried about these guys. I hope he gets better, I’d love to fight him one day.”

Looking at the contentious trash talk, the UFC could be looking at putting together a match between Chimaev and Holland. Both fighters are technically from different weight classes, but they have fought in each other’s divisions before. The scrap would go a long way in deciding who truly made their mark as the ‘2020-Fighter of the Year’.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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