Kevin Holland recently revealed on his Instagram that he may have retired from mixed martial arts following his loss to Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279.
This news is highly unexpected as Holland showed interest in fighting multiple opponents just weeks ago. He has been very active and was on a hot streak prior to his last fight, with finishes over Alex Oliveira and Tim Means.
A perfect 2-0 record at 170 in the UFC is what gave him the opportunity to fight on a PPV main card, and after a string of bad luck and losses, things were starting to turn around for The Trailblazer.
Holland was a fan-favorite fighter for his entertaining fighting style and his willingness to take on anyone, anywhere, and at any notice. This was displayed in his last bout as he accepted to fight Khamzat Chimaev on just 24 hours' notice. Chimaev dominated Holland and submitted him in minutes without absorbing a single strike.
Holland recently expressed frustration with the referee for his fight with Chimaev, believing the Chechen held his shorts illegally and without consequence. His frustrations continued as the man he was asking to face, Daniel Rodriguez -his original opponent for UFC 279- has been rumored to fight Neil Magny instead of holding his word and facing Holland.
No one knows what exactly prompted this decision, but fans around the world wish Holland the best in his future endeavors.