Kevin Holland Claims Middleweight Contenders Blocking Him On Social Media Led To Division Move

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 13, 2022

    Brash striking talent, Kevin ‘The Trail Blazer’ Holland has joked that a slew of middleweight contenders blocking him across his social media had led to his welterweight division move, as he prepares to tackle Alex Oliveira at UFC 272 on March 5.

    Holland, who is currently in the midst of a three-fight winless run, last featured back in October at UFC Vegas 38, taking on Kyle Daukaus in an eventual official ‘No Contest’ after an accidental clash of heads in the run-up to a finishing sequence which seen Holland submit to a standing first round rear-naked choke.

    Last scoring a victory in December 2020, the charismatic Riverside native took home a peculiar first round knockout win over former Strikeforce middleweight kingpin, Jacare Souza – springing from the bottom to land a knockout over the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenom.

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    Set to tackle Souza’s compatriot, Oliveira at UFC 272 in March, Holland will make his welterweight division return for the first time since 2017. And provided a rather interesting reason as to why he has decided to take his talents back to 170lbs for the foreseeable future during a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.

    “I’m not friends with any of those guys (middleweights) – (Marvin) Vettori blocked me, he couldn’t take the banter,” Kevin Holland said. “Paulo Costa blocked me too, yeah. So that’s probably why I went to 170, all the guys at 185 blocked me. So I was like, f*ck it, I’m just gonna go to 170. I need some people to pick on, you know what I mean.

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    Before his ‘No Contest’ ruling against Daukaus, Holland suffered a one-sided unanimous judging loss in the main event of UFC on ABC 2 in April against one-time middleweight title challenger, Marvin Vettori, which came soon after a March main event against Derek Brunson, which also came with multiple takedowns dropped by the Californian.