Kevin Holland calls for fight against two big UFC names after UFC 279 loss

Kevin Holland, who fell to Khamzat Chimaev in the co-main event of UFC 279, was naturally disappointed with the outcome of the fight.

As Chimaev attempted to knock down Holland in the opening exchange before locking on a D’arce choke to secure the submit, the bout ended without Holland landing a single punch. Holland offered praise to the undefeated Chechen for his effort despite having to criticize how the bout turned out, even though he took the fight against Chimaev with only 24 hours’ notice due to numerous last-minute alterations to the card.

A 180-pound catchweight match between Holland and Daniel Rodriguez was initially planned, but it only came together a few weeks before the event. In a tight contest on Saturday, Rodriguez defeated Li Jingliang by a split decision.

Holland would want the opportunity to book at least one more bout before 2022 is through in the hopes that he can find a better matchup than going on a dominant grappler like Chimaev on extremely short notice. Holland is currently trying to get the bitter taste of defeat out of his mouth.

Kevin Holland calls for fight against two big UFC names

“Guys, I lost an amazing grappling match last night — I mean fight, my bad,” Holland said on Instagram. “Chimaev is one hell of an athlete. Still going to be talking s*** cause you know who I am.”

“Hate to end the year like this so I’d love to go in there against a striker,” Holland said. “I don’t know if I’m still deserving of a ‘Wonderboy’ [Stephen Thompson] fight. I’d love a ‘Wonderboy’ fight and if not a ‘Wonderboy’ fight, D-Rod [Daniel Rodriguez], we were all the way on task to getting it done. We had to switch it up to save the card.

“Maybe we can get something nice and get it going and collect another check before the end of the year.”

Transcription courtesy of MMA Fighting