Kevin Holland is finally working on his wrestling.
And for those MMA fans upset at UFC matchmakers for booking “Trailblazer” against a grapple-heavy welterweight like Michael Chiesa; rest assured, it was Holland who asked for the “Maverick” fight at the UFC 291 pay-per-view (PPV) event this Sat. night (July 29, 2023) inside Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
But that doesn’t mean he’s ready for “crotch-sniffing” Colby Covington.
“We’re gonna grapple. I mean, am I gonna KO him? Absolutely,” Holland said during the UFC 291 media day. “To think that he’s not gonna to grab me before I KO him, that would be ridiculous. Unless I have one of those Derrick Lewis-Curtis Blaydes moments. It would be pretty cool. I said I want to work on my wrestling in the cage against Michael Chiesa, I didn’t say that my wrestling was good enough to beat Colby Covington. You know what I mean? Me and Colby Covington get in there, I still believe I knock him the f*ck out, but he starts sniffing my d*ck and it might be like that for 25 minutes, so that’s just the way it goes.”
Holland has been taken down a staggering 43 times in his UFC career.
The 30 year-old Holland remains unranked in the welterweight division and told reporters he has no desire to pursue a ranked fighter with a victory over Chiesa, who currently sits in the No. 12 spot at 170 pounds. Instead, “Trailblazer” (24-9, 1 NC) will call out “the worst guy that won a ‘Contender Series’ fight” because his goal is to get paid, not to work his way into UFC title contention.
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