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Kevin Holland questions Khamzat Chimaev’s reputation, fancies middleweight bout with ‘Borz’

LAS VEGAS – Kevin Holland has already won five fights in 2020, but if the right situation came up, he’d be more than happy to make an instant turnaround and make it six.

Holland (21-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) scored a remarkable knockout of former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza in their 185-pound main card clash at UFC 256, and used his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan to call for a Dec. 19 clash with Khamzat Chimaev.

“I know Chimaev was supposed to fight on Dec. 19, you know? He fights at ’85 and ’70. Come back up to ’85!” he told Rogan during the live broadcast. “I think he should stay at ’70, I think he could be a champ at 170. But if he comes up here to 185, I’m gonna bang that boy up!”

Speaking to reporters, including MMA Junkie, backstage after his win, Holland explained the callout, and offered the opinion that Chimaev’s perceived reputation for taking short-notice fights doesn’t compare with his own.

“He doesn’t have a reputation for fighting all the time, that’s just what all the casuals think, that he fights all the time,” he stated. “He fought three times this year, two times against bums and then another time against Gerald Meerschaert. Gerald Meerschaert’s not a bum, but he was coming off a knockout. He hasn’t beaten anybody in the UFC with a win but, at the same time, he’s a good ticket for the UFC, so let me stop talking about somebody that can help us make money, right?”

Holland’s finish of Souza took his 2020 record in the octagon to 5-0, with four of those wins coming inside the distance. While his callout fo Chimaev may not deliver the immediate matchup he fished for, he said he’s just happy to compete on the big stage in a sport he loves.

“I’m a company man. Whatever they want me to do, I’m here to do,” he admitted. “If they want me to fight next week, I’ll fight next week. If they want me to fight in a couple of months, I’ll fight in a couple of months. Whatever they want me to do, that’s what I’m here to do. Ultimately, I love my job, and I’m not here to complain. I’m just here to give grace and glory. I love it.”

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