Holland claims to be 'retired before 30' after UFC 279 loss

Holland claims to be ‘retired before 30’ after UFC 279 loss

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In what would certainly be a surprising turn of events, UFC welterweight Kevin Holland appeared to hint at a possible retirement from mixed martial arts.

This year, Holland is back in shape thanks to a drop to 170 pounds after losses to Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson at middleweight. After stopping Alex Oliveira and Tim Means, ‘Trailblazer’ was booked against Daniel Rodriguez at this month’s UFC 279 pay-per-view.

But the entertaining 29-year-old pulled the straw short when scheduled headliner Khamzat Chimaev missed weight. After weighing in for a 180-pound catchweight contest, Holland was invited to meet “Borz” in the co-main event.

After accepting his share on the revised card, Holland became Chimaev’s latest casualty, with the Chechen-born Swede extending his perfect record to 12-0 with a first-round D’Arce submission.

In the aftermath, Holland expressed his hopes of rebounding before the end of the year, naming a rearranged clash with “D-Rod” or a much-requested cage date with Stephen Thompson as options.

But after seeing reports that Rodriguez has another opponent lined up, Holland hinted at the retirement on social media.

Holland: ‘I got paid, I’m out’

Holland took to social media on Thursday, apparently first expressing his frustration over reports that Daniel Rodriguez and Neil Magny will face off next month.

Prior to UFC 279, Holland expressed his desire to fight four or five times a year in an interview with MMA Fightingsuggesting that if he couldn’t accomplish that level of activity, he might as well retire.

in a storyhe wrote: ‘Lol, (didn’t) just ask for this bit, that’s crazy’, possibly believing he had to have the match rearranged with the hard-hitting welterweight given that he agreed to face Chimaev on one day’s notice.

Minutes later, he uploaded a message hinting at a retirement from MMA.

“I had a solid 30 runs in just over a month, got paid, been out,” Holland wrote. “Next career choice?”

He then posted another story that simply read “Retired before 30”, complete with a salute emoji.

Image: @trailblzae2top on Instagram

Holland then discussed a future beyond fighting in another story, noting that “opening an auto club” is his number one goal.

Reactions have been mixed since the posts were published. While some fans understandably questioned the authenticity of the claims, others praised Holland for choosing to retire while still in good shape.

A user suggested that there was “no chance that it will be a real retirement” while another noted their shock exclaiming that “Kevin Holland’s retirement is not news I expected to get this morning. Damn man.

Some fans even answered Holland’s question about a new career, with one advising “Big Mouth” to exploit his recent street exploits for a stint in law enforcement.

If Holland’s claims are proven to be true, he will leave the sport with a professional record of 23-8, and after a stint in the UFC that included a record five straight wins in 2020.

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