‘Never Gonna Stop Talking’- Kevin Holland Releases a Statement After UFC Fight Night Loss

Published 03/21/2021, 1:45 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)


Kevin Holland issued a statement after his main event loss at UFC Fight Night. Holland said, “Oh f*** we’re a little beat up but never gonna stop talking. If you guys don’t f***ing like it, deuces”.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

This was said after many people were left unimpressed with what Holland was doing in the fight. Holland talked a lot of trash before the fight. ‘The Trailblazer’ never stopped and continuously flamed and mocked Derek Brunson up until the last round.

Even when the rounds were ending, he was busy talking with himself and his teammates. Whatever he said was not perfectly technical in accordance with the fight.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Rashad Evans frustrated with Holland’s performance

Many experts questioned his approach as it looked unclear what Holland was looking to achieve with all the talking. UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans is one of them. Evans was very critical of Holland’s performance in the octagon.

Evans told, “Well I was frustrated watching him come out I felt like he was just doing a little too much like a little extra I mean listen, Kevin, is very entertaining and he likes to bring the energy which I like is very entertaining but at the same time you can’t forget what we’re out here to do”

He also wanted Holland to flip the switch. He admits that it’s difficult to fight with the same intensity and urgency if you don’t flip that hypothetical switch. Evans felt Kevin Holland talked a lot of trash, but failed to walk the walk.

The way back for Kevin Holland

Trash talking helps a lot of fighters to gain clout amongst the fans. As unethical as it seems, it also helps sell the paper view, ultimately attracting money.

It has helped Holland so far as he was on a meteoric rise and was looking on the road to a title shot. However, a devastating loss at the hands of Brunson seems to have knocked him off of his trajectory; at least until he puts forth a solid comeback.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

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)

There are many great fighters who are good with trash-talking on the mic like Conor McGregor, Colby Covington, and more. ‘Trailblazer’ could certainly fit in this list. In order to do that he has to back his trash talk and needs to beat fighters who are sitting at the Top 5 spots.

For now, Kevin Holland remains stubborn and looks unwilling to accept anyone’s advice. Does trash-talking help fighters, or is it just another fantasy?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

Is Stipe Miocic Greater than Fedor Emelianenko?

about 2 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Saurabh Singh

89 articles

Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT