Kevin Holland: ‘I’m officially retired ‘from fighting’ unless something super magical happens’

Kevin Holland promises there are no gimmicks behind his retirement announcement as he is done fighting.

Following a loss to Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279, Holland announced he was calling it a career, although his announcement was immediately met with skepticism. Addressing the situation publicly outside of social media for the first time when launching his new podcast, Holland says he’s serious about his retirement, especially after earning a big payday after the short-notice fight with Chimaev.

β€œSo I am retired. I am officially retired,” Holland said. β€œI am retired from combat. I had a good fight, good pay, I had a good run. I see some people online [saying] ‘obviously he realizes that he will never have the belt’ and my little psychedelic trip means that I was wrong. Can’t go wrong on a psychedelic trip. I lost my coming out to Young Boy. It was my last hope, never to lose my coming out to Young Boy. Times are tough for your boy.

“But I’m really, really happy on the green side. Unless something super magical pops up, yeah, I’m pretty happy with how things are going.

Holland suffered a first-round submission loss to Chimaev after he was originally scheduled to face Daniel Rodriguez on the same card. Apart from the disappointment of this performance, the 29-year-old Contender series veteran was still happy with the financial compensation he received and he added that there was no animosity towards Chimaev after the end of the fight.

“He put me in a really good position in my life,” Holland said of Chimaev. β€œWe love this guy. I’m actually thinking of hanging a poster like this in my bathroom.

Now that he’s retired from MMA, Holland says he’ll be spending time on his new podcast while considering opening his own gym in the Fort Worth, Texas area.

Of course, while Holland may be done with his MMA career, he could still be looking to settle another beef – namely responding to former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub, who has claimed that changes to the fights at UFC 279 boiled down to pay-per-view sales rather than Chimaev’s missing weight for his scheduled fight against Nate Diaz.

Because Chimaev was so short on weight β€” he was 7.5 pounds over the welterweight limit for a non-title fight β€” the UFC shifted gears and put him in the fight against Holland while Diaz ended up facing Tony Ferguson in the main event.

For his part, Holland wasn’t necessarily furious when he approached Schaub, although he did suggest they both meet for a friendly training session to work out their differences.

“Brendan Schaub, he always says weird things,” Holland said. “He said something that I thought was weird and I thought it was Schaub’s page but I guess it’s his people. I message him ‘what’s up with What you said?’ and they were like this ain’t Schaub and I felt a little stupid.

β€œWe have to do some boxing rounds for some of the fly stuff he was saying. No MAM. He could knock me down and I don’t have time for that shit. That’s why I retired, I don’t wanna wrestle no more.. I think he’s down [to box]. He’s not an ap**** unless he’s an ap**** and then he wouldn’t be down. Of course, boxing, me, Schaub, weight doesn’t even matter in this situation.

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