Kevin Holland tells it like he sees it, and that includes when Khamzat Chimaev is the topic of conversation.
Holland returns at UFC 279 this weekend when he faces Daniel Rodriguez in a welterweight bout.
Of course, Chimaev is headlining the event against Nate Diaz, and has had some back-and-forth with Holland in the past, including a run-in at a hotel lobby.
Despite all that, there is no beef between them according to Holland.
“I’ve never had an issue,” Holland said Wednesday (via MMA Junkie). “Nobody. Now, I’m going to tell you how I feel about anybody. ‘The dude on the left is a b*tch. The dude on the right is a b*tch. Dude in the middle, he’s definitely a b*tch.’ I don’t have a problem with anybody.”
Kevin Holland: Khamzat Chimaev Likes The Media Attention
While there is no issue with Chimaev, Holland still feels the need to be brutally honest.
And from his viewpoint, Chimaev likes to turn things up a notch…but only when the media and cameras are on.
“I feel like he likes the f*cking media,” Holland said. “I feel like he only does this extra wannabe street sh*t when the media is around. Other than that, he doesn’t do it.
“I mean, when you guys aren’t around he wants to do fist bumps and he wants to be your best friend. When you guys are around, all of a sudden he’s like, ‘Agh, I’ll rip your f*cking head off.’ He ain’t ripping sh*t off, dog. Let’s be real. He wants a paycheck, just like the rest of these guys around here.”
Chimaev caught wind of Holland’s interview and later took to Instagram to respond as he referenced their past run-in.
All things aside, however, Holland still sees a victory for Chimaev come Saturday.
“He should win, on paper,” Holland added.
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