Kevin Holland Trashes ‘Clown’ Derek Brunson for Not Taking a Last-Second Fight

Published 12/30/2020, 2:33 PM EST
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)


After going 5-0 in 2020, Kevin Holland has his next opponent ahead of him in Derek Brunson. The two will step inside the Octagon to settle their bad blood on March 20th. However, if it was up to Holland, he would’ve preferred stepping inside the Octagon much earlier. ‘Trailblazer’ has now alleged that it was Brunson who refused the short notice booking.

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The entire back-and-forth between Holland and Brunson reignited following the falling out of the fight between Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards. When the news of the aforementioned fight falling out made rounds, Holland was one of the first fighters who said he wanted to save the card by either fighting Derek Brunson or go against Edwards in a catchweight fight.

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Just hours after Holland made his intent clear, there were reports about the UFC booking Holland’s next fight. This was when Brunson referred to his future opponent as ‘sleepy’.

Nicknamed ‘Bigmouth’ by Dana White himself, Holland isn’t the one to let such comments slide by easily. Therefore, he fired back at Brunson through his Instagram story, labeling him a ‘clown’.

Despite having a fight booked, Kevin Holland still looking to fight in January or February

Kevin Holland has a habit of talking to his opponents inside the Octagon. When he did the same at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, the UFC President gave him the nickname ‘Bigmouth‘. Ever since then, Holland has made it a point to back up whatever he says.

Heading into 2021. Holland shared plans of bettering his own record of 5-0. If he wishes to achieve the same, he will have to start early. Therefore, he isn’t opposed to fighting the number three ranked welterweight in a catchweight fight.

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However, the UFC supremo has never been a fan of ‘catchweight’ fights. He feels that they don’t make a ‘lot of sense‘. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that Holland gets a shot to fight Edwards on January 20th. If Edwards were to fight on that date, which he should since he hasn’t stepped inside the Octagon since July 2019, it will more likely be a natural welterweight such as Vicente Luque.

As far as Holland is concerned, even if he doesn’t get a fight in the first two months of the year, he will have a chance to showcase his skills come March.

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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