UFC fan-favorite Kevin Holland was reportedly involved in a physical altercation at Friday’s Xtreme Knockout even in Dallas.
‘Ugly Man’ Joseph Holmes was in attendance for the event at The Statler in downtown Dallas when hands were allegedly thrown between the two UFC middleweights. Visibly upset over the incident, Holmes took to Instagram and shared details of what he claims happened between the two.
“They beat me up, they beat me down, they stomped on me while I was down,” Holmes said in the video. “F*ck, Kevin Holland. F*ck that guy. I just got fricking jumped.”
Holmes went on to detail what led to the alleged altercation, noting that Kevin Holland and himself are not always on the same page with one another. ‘Ugly Man’ didn’t divulge any details on the animosity between the two UFC competitors but accused Holland of instigating the alleged attack.
“I’m walking through the venue, he ends up being in front of me, I make quick eye contact and continue on my way,” Holmes said. “I don’t say a word, don’t look at him, don’t touch him, nothing. So then literary less than 10 minutes later, me and my girl, we’re about to leave, and for a quick second I go, ‘Hey, shoot. I just left my clothes upstairs,’ because I changed clothes.
“I go back to run upstairs where my fighter was to grab my clothes that I left, and I see Kevin Holland coming down the stairs. I’m walking up the stairs, and he literally stops in front of me, looking at me, and he like looks at me and reaches his hands out like he’s stopping me to go upstairs.
“Then he grabs my f*cking arm. So what am I going to do? I’m like, “Na, (explicit), get your hands off me,’ and I back him up. … And next thing you know, I’m getting punched in the back of my f*cking head. And I’m just sitting there like, ‘What the f*ck.’ My glasses get tossed across the room, my earphones get tossed off me. I’m just standing there confused, ‘What the f*ck did I do.’ I’m just trying to walk up the stairs.
“I looked at Kevin and said, ‘Sign the contract when it comes. We’re going to send you a contract, sign it when it gets there.’ You’re acting all big and tough, meanwhile your boyfriends are just hitting me on the back of the head for what? Make sure you sign the f*cking contract.”
Kevin Holland Responded to Joseph Holmes’ Take on the Incident Friday Night
Kevin Holland responded to Holmes’ version of the altercation and claimed that he was attempting to break up an incident between ‘Ugly Man’ and another individual before things quickly spiraled out of control.
“Last night we were at the XKO fights having a good time, enjoying ourselves, and we’re on our way out,” Holland said on his Instagram. “Of course, I see ‘Ugly Man’ Joe, not going to deny that. He was walking up the stairs, I was walking down the stairs. He didn’t want to walk on the other side of the stairs where the guy he was beefing was, so he walked in my side of the stairs, like I was going to move.
“I was like bro, ‘Chill out.’ As soon as I put my hand up to say chill out, he grabbed me. As soon as he grabbed me, we kind of almost went flying down the stairs. Quick reactions, neither one of us fell over.
“By the time I go to fix my coat, I don’t know what happened. … I don’t remember any of the stuff he talks about. All I remember is him getting into a fight and me breaking it up. Sounds good. That’s the part of the story that sticks. All the other stuff is drama that you (Holmes) have, and that’s between you and another man. Don’t use my name for clout, don’t put me in your bs” (h/t MMA Junkie)
‘Trailblazer’ is currently gearing up for his return to the Octagon on April 8. Recently announced by UFC president Dana White, Holland will square off with Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 287 later this year.