UFC fighter Kevin Holland has been incredibly busy this week, first when he competed in a co-main event fight against Kyle Daukaus at UFC Vegas 38 and then when he stopped an alleged carjacker shortly afterward. The fight with Daukaus didn’t quite go to plan as Holland was rendered unconscious by an accidental headbutt in the very first round and the fight was ruled a no contest as a result. He equaled the UFC record for most wins in a calendar year back in 2020 and it seemed as though Holland was on a path to becoming a real top contender in the Middleweight division, but 2021 has not been so kind to the young fighter.
He got his first main event fight in March against Derek Brunson but lost a convincing unanimous decision before getting a second opportunity against Marvin Vettori just a month later, only to come out on the losing end of the judge’s scorecards again. This fight against Daukaus represented an opportunity for Holland to right the ship but unfortunately he’ll have to wait a little longer for redemption now. At least he achieved a small portion of it when he got the chance to stop an alleged carjacker in action just a few days later:
“I didn’t really stop him, because he got the car and the car was wrecked. But yeah, I caught up to him.. Some guy comes zooming out of the parking lot and a guy is running behind him like, ‘Yo, he stole my car!’ So I was like, ‘yo, I’ve been quarantined for a week, I didn’t get to finish my fight, so let’s go have a little fun… Instead of calling the cops, I call my coach, and I’m like ‘Aye, this guy is driving through your neighborhood and he just stole a car, you should cut him off and we can catch him’ and he’s like ‘alright, bet.’… So I’m telling him the streets… BOOM, the guy hits a little trailer… that totals the car, then the guy gets out.. I pull up behind and he runs off… So I’m chasing down after him… Then I hit him with a little sweep, get on top, knee on belly, hit him with a little Khabib scarf-hold. He was like ‘I can’t breathe’. So that’s when I picked him up, put him on the curb. I didn’t wanna be like the cop with the ‘I can’t breathe’ guy. So I was like f— it, put him over here.”
Kevin Holland opened up about having stopped the alleged carjacker on a recent episode of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, explaining how he managed to do so after his last UFC fight to the host. Curiously, Holland isn’t even the first UFC fighter to stop a case of car theft this year as Welterweight competitor Jordan Williams also managed to stop an alleged carjacker in action.