‘That Kid Ain’t About That Life’- Kevin Holland Details an Intense Faceoff With Khamzat Chimaev in UFC Performance Institute

Published 02/25/2021, 7:37 AM 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)


Kevin Holland was one of the most prominent stars of the UFC in 2020. In a year affected by a pandemic, Holland managed to make his mark like no other fighter as he went 5-o. He will return to action on March 21st to face a veteran of the 185lbs division, Derek Brunson.

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Ahead of his return, the unique character and trash-talker appeared on the JRE podcast. However, instead of focusing solely on Brunson, he commented on another divisional contender in ‘Borz’ Khamzat Chimaev.
Chimaev and Holland had an intense face-off at the UFC Performance Institute last year, and they had to be separated. While talking about the situation, ‘Trailblazer’ explained his take on Chimaev and trash-talking.

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Yeah, Chimaev doesn’t go back and forth with me so that? I don’t know. He says he’s about that life. That kid ain’t about that life. Hmm, I see him in the PI. He walked in. I was like, that’s my best friend. He’s like, you want to be friends now? Like, f**k, no.
That’s like never my best friends without being friends. They were like, Kevin, there’s a lot of them. They’re gonna jump you and I was like, No, I drove out here,” said Holland.
Chimaev is currently on the sidelines after his proposed fight against Leon Edwards fell out for the third time. ‘Borz‘ has coronavirus and is looking to recover from the after-effects related to it. Meanwhile, Holland would be completing the finishing touches to his fight camp.

Kevin Holland fights Derek Brunson in March

‘Trailblazer’ proved he is just as good with his fists as he is with his mouth when he knocked out Jacare Souza at UFC 256. His talent was never in question, but it’s his attitude that sometimes tricks people into downplaying his fighting skills.
This has been to their own peril, and it has helped Holland become the UFC’s next breakout star. He will look to build on his stellar 2020 next month.
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)
Brunson is coming on the back of a win against ‘The Golden Boy’ Edmen Shahbazyan. Having quelled one rising star, he will look to derail the ‘Trailblazer’ and that is what makes this clash so intriguing. If Holland wins, he could call out Chimaev for a clash between two rising stars. Their pre-fight face-off and octagon face-off would certainly be interesting.

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What did you make of Kevin Holland’s take on Khamzat Chimaev? Can Holland get past Brunson in March and move on to even bigger UFC fights?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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