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

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.

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.

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.


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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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