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Kevin Holland announces retirement after loss to Khamzat Chimaev: ‘Had a good run’

Kevin Holland has seemingly announced his retirement on social media.

Holland took to his Instagram stories and announced he would be retiring which shocked many. Holland is coming off a first-round submission loss to Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 and now has decided to call it a quits.


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“Retired before 30,” Holland posted on his Instagram story followed by a post that said “Had a good run 30 in a little over a month got paid I’m out. Next career choice?”

Whether or not Kevin Holland is being serious is uncertain as many on social media don’t seem to think he is actually retired. Holland has been a guy that fights all the time and just got a new deal to fight Chimaev which paid him more, which is surprising that he is retiring now. He also is a fan-favorite and can get a ton of big fights and is not even 30 so he has a lot of fighting years left in him but according to him on social media, he announced his retirement from MMA.

If this is it for Holland, he would end his career with a record of 23-8 and one No Contest. Last time out, he suffered a submission loss to Khamzat Chimaev which snapped his two-fight winning streak at welterweight as he submitted Tim Means and knocked out Alex Oliveira. Before the drop down in weight, he had the No Contest to Kyle Daukaus and suffered back-to-back main event decision losses to Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson.

In the UFC, Holland is 10-5 and one No Contest and has notable wins over Jacare Souza, Joaquin Buckley, Anthony Hernandez, and Gerald Meerschaert. He had his first UFC fight at UFC 227 against Thiago Santos on short notice and has rallied off 16 fights in just over four years.

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