UFC welterweight division returner, Kevin Holland has claimed that he “absolutely” dislikes middleweight contender, Sean Strickland, and claims “nobody cares” about the outspoken North Carolina native.
Holland, who is slated to return at UFC 273 on March 5. in a welterweight division return against veteran Brazilian, Alex Oliveira, has provided his thoughts on the controversial, who is set to headline UFC Vegas 46 this weekend against Jack Hermansson – claiming that whilst he likes the team at Xtreme Couture, he most definitely has no time for Strickland.
“Look, I love Eric (Nicksick) over there at Xtreme Couture, I love that gym,” Kevin Holland said during a recent interview with ESPN MMA “I think they’re awesome. But I absolutely do not like (Sean) Strickland. If you like Strickland, if you’re a fan of Strickland, you’re kind of awkward.”
“I don’t see how you can like that kind of guy,” Kevin Holland said of Sean Strickland. “But I guess it’s like Trevor off of GTA (Grand Theft Auto 5). Everybody likes different characters. That’s why they gave you different characters.”
Promoting his March outing against Oliveira at UFC 273, Holland also gave praise to UFC 271 clashes between champion, Israel Adesanya, and Robert Whittaker, as well as Jared Cannonier, and former-foe, Derek Brunson – but then questioned who actually cared about Strickland.
“Tune in March 5. when Kevin ‘Big Mouth’ (Kevin Holland) comes back and fights,” Kevin Holland said. “Other than that, who cares? February 12. (UFC 271), make sure you guys watch that, those are some good middleweight fights that are gonna happen. Robert Whittaker, hope to see him regain that gold, but nobody cares about Sean Strickland.” (Transcribed by Middleeasy)
For Riverside striker, Holland, the former middleweight contender is without a win in his last three straight outings – dropping a pair of decision losses to both Brunson, and Marvin Vettori on short notice – as well as fighting to an eventual first round official ‘No Contest’ against Kyle Daukaus back in October.
Holland had initially submitted to a standing rear-naked choke, however, the Californian had been knocked unconscious earlier in the bout due to a clash of heads in the center of the Octagon before the submission, resulting in a ‘No Contest’.