Kevin Holland may be riding off into the sunset following UFC 279.
Kevin Holland’s storied run in the UFC might be coming to a close. The rising welterweight has been one of the most active fighters in the entire UFC over the past few years but now he is teasing his retirement. Holland took to his social media to announce that he is leaning towards retirement and is considering a career change.
“Had a good run 30 in a little over a month got paid I’m out,” he wrote. “Next career choice??”
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The nature of this announcement is not clear. Holland is coming off a loss to Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279, but the lead-up to that fight was bizarre. He was originally slated to face Daniel Rodriguez at a catchweight bout of 180 pounds, but when Chimaev missed weight the matchups were switched around. Chimaev is a tough fight for anyone in the UFC. The fight ended with a submission in the first round but immediately after, Holland seemed in good spirits. He was on social media bragging about how much he got paid. Perhaps he made enough to walk away from the sport.
Holland came into the UFC back in 2018 on the Dana White Contender Series. He quickly rose up the rankings and even set a record in 2020 for having five fights in the calendar year. Now at 29 years old, Holland may be ready to hang up his gloves. Holland had only won two fights in his last six but was still a fan favorite. he had become known as a sort of “MMA Superhero” due to his out-of-the-cage antics. he has, on multiple occasions, appended criminals trying to commit crimes. Perhaps his next career can be in law enforcement.
Whether these retirement rumors are real and Holland really is “retired before 30” as his Instagram story says, or he is just taking a break, he seems to be ready to enjoy the fruits of his labors and 16 hard-fought fights in the UFC.