Kevin Holland responds to Dana White’s ‘mental meltdown’ theory

Kevin Holland ignores Dana White’s recent “mental breakdown” comments and replaces them with a big bullet on his shoulder.

Kevin Holland wants to have fun inside the Octagon, but he was accused of having a little too much fun losing in his first UFC main event last Saturday to Derek Brunson. Holland barked throughout the fight, even as the fight got further and further out of reach, with Brunson pinning him to the mat and slowly grabbing a unanimous decision. But there is one person who left cageside early and walked away thinking Holland was having the complete opposite of a good time in the fight.

UFC President Dana White has shared his belief that Holland literally had a nervous breakdown in the loss to Brunson, comparing Holland’s performance to that of Oliver McCall in a 1997 fight against Lennox Lewis . Speaking to ESPN on Monday night, Holland took the time to respond to White’s perception of events.

“It’s not a big deal. It’s not the first time my boss has had words to say about me, and it probably won’t be the last time,” Holland said. . If he feels like I had a nervous breakdown, it’s my job to get back to a main event status, go out there and secure the bag, and let him know that this is not a nervous breakdown. And I’ll probably go there with a more murderous mindset, but I’ll probably still talk, singing that sweet lullaby before I put the guy to sleep.

Combat Stats Contradict Mental Collapse Theory

After having time to chew it all up, Holland thinks all the hype around his talk rate is overblown. After all, excessive talking during the fight is nothing new to him, and he feels the evidence shows he wasn’t as impaired as White and other critics claim.

” That’s what I do. Make no mistake, that’s what I’ve always done,” Holland said of his speech. “I talk a little, then I knock somebody out, then I probably talk a little after that. It’s just what I do. Talk more than I needed to? Yeah. Talk a lot about Contender combat the first time around? Yeah. People can say that’s how I deal with nerves, it’s perfectly fine. I’m still out there scrappin’.

Kevin Holland, Derek Brunson, Credit: UFC Twitter

“If you look at the numbers, everyone tells me that I landed as many if not more important strikes on the bottom than Brunson in all that time on the top. So I mean, if it was a mental breakdown, I’m still knocking and cracking while talking.

Brunson actually landed bigger strikes than Holland, but for Holland the numbers were closer than they would be in a typical “mental breakdown” scenario. In total, Brunson only edged Holland by less than 10 significant strikes for the entire fight. So while it’s true that “Big Mouth” could have done more from a grappling defense standpoint, he certainly wasn’t catatonic during the contest.

As for the future, Holland said that for once he was in no rush to return to the Octagon until he made the necessary adjustments. Time will tell if less talking during fights will be part of that.

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