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Midnight Mania! Kevin Holland slams Khamzat Chimaev’s ‘wannabe street s—t,’ media pandering

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UFC 279 is a strange card in that several match ups could be shuffled about without issue. The primary example is, of course, Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson, a match many argued before those veterans became the respective huckleberries of Khamzat Chimaev and Li Jingliang. A bit more under the radar is Kevin Holland vs. Khamzat, as the two actually have a history of bad blood and fight in the same two weight classes.

Under different circumstances, perhaps it’d be “Big Mouth” vs. “Borz” in the main event.

Whatever the case, Holland isn’t a fan of the Chechen, and he’s not afraid of making it known. Speaking earlier today at the UFC 279 media event, Holland explained that Chimaev puts on an act for the cameras and is far friendlier when no one is looking.

“I don’t have an issue with anybody on the roster,” Holland began (via Josh Evanoff). “If anybody has an issue with me that’s their problem. I don’t have an issue with anybody on the roster. I’ve never had an issue, nobody. Now, I’ll tell you how I feel about anybody… I feel like he likes the f—king media. He only does this, extra wannabe street s—t when the media is around.”

“Other than that, he doesn’t do it. When you guys aren’t around, he wants to do fist bumps and he wants to be your best friend. When you guys are around, he’s like, I’m going to rip your head off! You ain’t ripping s—t off dog, you just want a paycheck like the rest of these guys around here… He should [still] win [against Nate], on paper.”

Holland’s critique is remarkably similar to Jake Shields’ recent account of Chimaev’s antics, which caused him to label Chimaev a “fake gangster.” In addition, Costa has been calling Chimaev a “gourmet Chechen” and made similar claims about his posturing for the camera. Still, it’s important to remember that when the cameras turn to Khamzat inside the Octagon, the undefeated wrestler has been nothing less than spectacular.

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BLOCKBUSTER WELTERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Sept. 10, 2022, with a must-watch updated Welterweight thriller that will see perennial fan favorite, Nate Diaz now battles former top-ranked Lightweight contender, Tony Ferguson, who will return to the 170-pound weight class for this last minute, upgraded assignment. Meanwhile, In UFC 279’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, we now get the undefeated No. 3-ranked contender, Khamzat Chimaev, opposite Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland.

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