Kevin Holland, who lost to Khamzat Chimaev in the co-main event of UFC 279, was naturally disappointed with the outcome of the fight. Holland hopes to recover from a busy UFC 279 fight week by engaging in one more battle before the end of the year.
Chimaev attempted to take down Holland in the opening exchange before locking on a D'arce choke to secure the submission, the bout ended without Holland landing a single punch. Holland offered praise to the undefeated Chechen for his effort despite having to criticize how the bout turned out, even though he took the fight against Chimaev with only 24 hours' notice due to numerous last-minute alterations to the card.
Holland took to instagram to express his disappointments on his loss at UFC 279. He said “I lost an amazing grappling match last night – I mean fight, my bad,” Holland said in an Instagram video. “Chimaev is one hell of an athlete. I’m still gonna be talking sh*t, because you know who I am.”
He further added “ Hate ending the year like this,.So, would love to go in there against a striker. I don’t know if I’m still deserving of a ‘Wonderboy’ fight, but would love a ‘Wonderboy’ fight. If not a ‘Wonderboy’ fight, ‘D-Rod,’ we were all the way on task to getting it done. We had to switch it up to save the card. So, maybe we can get something nice and get it going, and collect another check before the end of the year. My guy.”
Holland is prepared to continue and enter the octagon one final time to finish his 2022 campaign, ideally against Rodriguez or a different opponent in previous title contender Stephen Thompson. Considering that Holland has previously mentioned numerous times that he prefers to maintain a very busy schedule, it appears that his mindset isn't altering just because he suffered a setback at UFC 279 as some have speculated.
Holland came into UFC 279 fresh off consecutive victories. At UFC 272, he defeated Alex Oliveira. Tim Means was then submitted in the second round via a D'arce choke on UFC at UFC Austin.
If his wish comes true, Holland will fight four times in a single year, second only to his five-bout campaign in 2020.