‘The Person That Jon Jones Thinks He Is, Hope the UFC Pay This Man’- MMA Fans React to Kevin Holland’s Heroic Act

Published 03/16/2022, 5:54 AM EDT

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Kevin Holland is not only utilizing his martial arts skills inside the octagon, but also in the real life. ‘Trailblazer’ stopped a shooting incident at a restaurant in Houston. Holland and his friend/uncle, Patrick Robinson, with the help of a customer, controlled the shooter.

Afterward, Holland reacted to the incident and was in high spirits. ‘Trailblazer’ also mocked the shooter as he used the famous Derrick Lewis quote; ‘He’s okay.’


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In addition, he spoke to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi and gave details of the incident.

“I was facing one way, and then we heard a big, loud bang.”

Initially, Holland thought of it as a champagne bottle pop. However, after realizing it was a gunshot, Holland found the shooter, grabbed him, and put him in a Rear Naked Choke to put him to sleep.

Apart from this incident, a few months back, Holland had stopped a suspected car thief. Thus, same as his attitude with the UFC bouts, he is stepping up whenever necessary.

Fans react to Kevin Holland’s valor

The fans were quick to jump on the Kevin Holland bandwagon after the incident. The talented striker received praise for his work outside the octagon. One fan wrote, “Holland is 4-0 as a vigilante. 2 trolls, a car jacker, now a shooter. He’s not the hero we deserve, he’s the hero we need.”

“I love him. win or lose or anything else, he’s a good dude.”


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“Need more guys like him, everything he is doing rn is amazing, can’t wait to see this guys future.”

“Holland is a real one. Being able to apply martial arts ideals practically in real life for the safety of others is an amazing thing.”

“In Cleveland they have Stipe. In Houston we have Kevin and Derek Lewis. We love our guys. They are our hometown heroes.”

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“Honestly hope the UFC pay this man for how great a role model he is.” 

“Kevin Holland is the person that Jon Jones thinks he is”

“Kevin Holland is the exact opposite of Jon Jones… This man is doing all kind of good deeds outside the octagon”

“When Batman was a little boy, he wanted to grow up to be like Kevin Holland!”

“heroes are born in the time of chaos and he is definitely a hero and champion inn the heart. lets go kevin.”

“At this point, Kevin Holland is just doing side missions.”

What’s next for Kevin Holland?

Apart from fighting crime, Holland has achieved success in his recent UFC outing. In a welterweight bout at UFC 272, ‘Trailblazer’ got a second-round finish against Alex Oliveira.


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Holland is looking to make a run at welterweight after struggling against the top contenders in the middleweight division.

With the first win on the board, ‘Trailblazer’ will look to work his way to the top of the welterweight rankings. A bout with Li Jingliang (#13), would make a lot of sense for Holland to get into the top 15 of UFC’s welterweight division.


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Written by:

Deepak Kumar


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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.
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Reubyn Coutinho