Kevin Holland has prompt that he intends to retire from combined martial arts following his decisive submission loss to Khamzat Chimaev earlier this month.
Holland fought Chimaev on someday’s discover within the co-main occasion of UFC 279, dropping to the promotion’s fastest-rising star within the first spherical.
Chimaev dominated the American from the opening bell earlier than submitting him with a D’Arce choke inside two-and-a-half minutes to remain unbeaten, persevering with a exceptional begin to the Russian-born Swede’s MMA profession. Chimaev, 28, is 12-0 as knowledgeable with 11 stoppage wins, and he has already risen to No 3 within the UFC welterweight rankings.
“Had a superb run, 30 [years old] in a bit of over a month,” Holland wrote on Instagram. “Acquired paid, I’m out. Subsequent profession alternative??”
Holland (23-8) confronted Chimaev in a 180lbs catchweight bout, after the latter missed weight for his scheduled welterweight primary occasion with Nate Diaz. Holland and Chimaev predominantly compete at welterweight (170lbs), however each have fought at middleweight (185lbs) up to now.
Diaz went on to submit Tony Ferguson because the UFC 279 card in Las Vegas was reconfigured, with Holland’s authentic opponent Daniel Rodriguez outpointing Li Jingliang, who was beforehand set to face Holland.
Rodriguez is rumoured to be preventing Neil Magny subsequent month, and it’s thought that the potential match-up has irked Holland.
Earlier than hinting at his retirement, Holland shared an Instagram publish of a side-by-side image of Rodriguez and Magny and wrote: “Lol, [didn’t] I simply ask for this scrap? That’s wild.”
It’s unclear whether or not he was referencing a bout with Rodriguez or with Magny, although it’s doubtless that he was referring to the previous, given their beforehand scheduled UFC 279 contest.