Kevin Holland Says Dana White Was Not Happy With Derek Brunson Winning Their Fight

Published 04/11/2021, 7:17 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 had spoken to the media prior to his second consecutive main event assignment at UFC Vegas 23. ‘The Trailblazer’ would go on to lose the match-up against Marvin Vettori by unanimous decision. Following the defeat, the narrative around Holland’s trajectory in the UFC underwent a certain shift.

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Kevin Holland has become a fan favorite fighter over the course of a year, and some might even say a star in the UFC. However, there are questions surrounding the possibility that his star power might take a nosedive after two straight losses. Ironically enough, this was the narrative going into his fight against Marvin Vettori on the back of a loss to Derek Brunson.

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Kevin Holland pulls back the curtain on Derek Brunson

The Trailblazer’ spoke to the media at a pre-fight scrum and revealed that UFC President Dana White wasn’t happy with his last outing. What’s more, Holland commented on Brunson’s box office capabilities when delving into their fight. As it stands, Kevin Holland’s ability to draw has likely been affected after being dominated in two consecutive fights.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: Kevin Holland prepares to fight Charlie Ontiveros in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“Dana wasn’t really happy with the performance and I can understand why he wasn’t happy with the performance. He was looking forward to me doing certain things to Brunson so it can bring better revenue later on, I don’t think Brunson brings good revenue to the game or to the sport…So yeah, I can understand where the boss is upset from.”

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“I understand where the boss is coming from 100%”. Have I talked to him? Here and there. He’s had things to say and best believe I’ve had open ears…Definitely happy I get to make the boss happy. Definitely heard him loud and clear.”

Kevin Holland will have to go back to the drawing board and possibly begin a move down to the welterweight division. He clearly has the making of an elite fighter, however, he has struggled against the upper echelon of middleweights. Holland is undersized when entering the grappling range and the competition only gets steeper from here on out.

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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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