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Midnight Mania! Kevin Holland threatened to shave Khamzat’s beard prior to UFC 279 presser brawl

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Today’s planned UFC 279 press conference devolved into chaos before it ever got rolling. Not all of the details are clear at the moment, but UFC President Dana White cancelled the presser early when there just wasn’t enough security to keep things calm. Reportedly, both Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev brought massive posses, and the groups started getting handsy. Then, water boggles began to fly.

Also wrapped up in the middle of it all is Kevin Holland. “Trailblazer” has been mouthing off to Khamzat all week, and he might have revealed the remark that really set “Borz” off. Yesterday, Holland promised to “cut his f—king beard off” in a Twitter video, and today, he quote tweeted that video when elaborating on today’s events.

“Just so everyone knows. I offered that clown a free beard trim. I don’t know anywhere in the US that would offer that service free! I am precise I promise I would not knick him. At your service just like the hotel staff bro.”

Additionally, it’s been reported that Chimaev front kicked Holland, but “Big Mouth” denies any such connection occurred.

Likely, Holland’s trash talk was just a piece of the puzzle, and details are still emerging. Stay tuned for further footage and behind-the-scenes info regarding the presser brawl, and tune in early tomorrow morning to see if the weigh-ins are similarly chaotic.

On a final, semi-related note, Holland apparently also got into it a bit with Darren Till. “Big Mouth” indeed!

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