Kevin Holland has seen the future and he believes he’ll become the undisputed champion of the world.
Holland, who meets Tim Means later tonight (Sat., June 18, 2022) at UFC Austin live on ESPN/ESPN+ from inside Moody Center in Austin, Texas, is a man of many faces. From former middleweight contender to public superhero, the welterweight finisher is an interesting character to say the least.
You can now add time traveler and psychedelic journeyman to Holland’s resume.
That’s because the fighter known as “Big Mouth” is fresh off a mushroom trip in which he saw the future. It’s an unorthodox way to put a fighting career into perspective, but Holland believes his recent psychedelic experience will lead him to bigger and better things inside of the Octagon, including a UFC title.
“I’m going to be the champ,” Holland said on The Fighter vs. The Writer (via MMA Fighting). “Mark my f****** works. I’m going to be the champ. I popped some [mushrooms] about a couple weeks ago and I had these visions, and I’m going to be champ.
“My first time popping shrooms and they say you see the future. I’ve seen the future. I’m going to be the f****** champ. I’m ready to f****** do it. It was out of competition when I did it, so it didn’t f****** matter. I’m ready to go out there and do everything I’ve got to do. Put in the work, swim those extra laps, ride the bike for those extra miles. I ain’t running, I ain’t no runner cause I don’t run from s*** but yeah I’m getting it done. I’m going to be that guy.”
Holland, who made a successful return to welterweight with a technical knockout finish over Alex Oliveira this past March, is still willing to fight anyone the promotion puts in front of him. This includes another stopover at middleweight, but “Big Mouth” believes his services will be best utilized at the 170-pound level.
“Whatever they want me to do, I’m a company man,” Holland said. “I keep saying it over and over again. It’s whatever. When the ranked opponents come, the ranked opponents come. People say that I had a tough time with Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson, they’re big boys and they did not nothing but lay on me and try to pray on me.
“I think I’m going to have a phenomenal time no matter who it is at 170 pounds, whether they’re a great wrestler or a great striker, I think I’ll be OK.”
As for his match up with Means, Holland believes their main card clash with steal the show in Texas. Holland has been pretty respectful to Means up to this point, but he’ll be looking to make a statement against “Dirty Bird” when the cage door shuts at UFC Austin.
“I don’t care who else is on the card, the people’s main event that night, it’s me versus Tim Means,” Holland said. “Tim Means is an OG of the game, he’s beat a lot of guys that live in Texas, from Texas, train out of Texas, and me, I’m from California — let’s not ever get it confused, Ontario, Calif. at that, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario Hills — but back to the point, I’ve been in Texas since I was 18 years old. I just know how it goes.
“I’m going to be talking to the crowd. I’m going to be fighting Tim Means. Big mouth’s going to be in full effect. Trailblazer’s going to do what Trailblazer does. It’s going to be a magical night.”
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