Khamzat Chimaev open to welcome Kevin Holland to his gym now that conflict is over
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Khamzat Chimaev open to welcome Kevin Holland to his gym now that conflict is over

Khamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland were infamously involved in a scuffle backstage at the UFC’s pre-fight press conference, contributing to the event being canceled; a first for the promotion. Footage of the incident has since been released by ESPN and fans can put their imaginations to rest by trying to speculate what happened.

The Chimaev-Holland beef began way back in 2021, with the two fighters being involved in an incident at the fighter hotel. ‘Borz’ claims to have grabbed ‘Trailblazer’ by the throat but no footage was captured.

Although the pair have had a turbulent past, Chimaev seems to have put all of the drama behind him. ‘Borz’ spoke to the media following his impressive victory over Holland and was asked how he felt about ‘squashing the beef’ with ‘Trailblazer’. The Chechen replied by saying:

“Sometimes we don’t like each other before the fight, it’s all normal. Like, we’re coming for the war, to kill each other. Now this war over, if he wants, he can come to my gym, be one of us and he’s nice guy, good guy, tough guy.”

It will be intriguing to see if ‘Trailblazer’ takes Khamzat Chimaev up on his offer to train together. With Darren Till already a close training partner of ‘Borz’, adding another eccentric personality like Holland’s to the mix could make for quality entertainment.

Watch the interview below:

Khamzat Chimaev reacted to fans booing him his victory over Kevin Holland at UFC 279

Khamzat Chimaev delivered yet another flawless performance at UFC 279.

‘Borz’ took on Kevin Holland in a five-round catchweight (180 pounds) bout in the co-main event. The Chechen-born Swede took Kevin Holland down in very beginning of the fight and then proceeded to submit him via a D’Arce choke.

Although no official reason has been stated, Chimaev may have been snubbed for the bonus due to him missing weight.

Khamzat Chimaev did not absorb a single significant strike in the fight. Despite his spectacular performance, ‘Borz’ did not receive a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus.

Khamzat Chimaev spoke to reporters following his dominant first round submission victory over Kevin Holland at tonight’s UFC 279 event.

Chimaev (12-0 MMA) was returning to action for the first time since defeating Gilbert Burns by unanimous decision at UFC 273. ‘The Wolf’ was sporting a perfect Octagon record of 5-0 with four finishes ahead of tonight’s affair.

Meanwhile, Kevin Holland (23-8 MMA) had entered tonight’s co-headliner on a two-fight winning streak, his latest being a submission victory over Tim Means back in June. ‘Trailblazer’ had gone 2-2 with 1 no-contest over his previous five Octagon appearances overall.

Following his lopsided victory, Khamzat Chimaev spoke with reporters at the UFC 279 post-fight press conference where he shared that his beef with Kevin Holland is now over.

“The guy is actually a nice guy, so I like him. Sometimes we don’t like each other before the fights.” Chimaev said. “It’s normal, we’re coming from the war to kill each other. Now that the war is over, he can come to our gym and be one of us.”

Khamzat Chimaev was then asked what he thought of the fans showering him with boos both before and after his win.

“You care about that sh*t? I don’t care. I care about my family, I care about my family, I care about my career, I care about my money… One day they’re with me (the fans), one day they’re not with me.

“People can say they don’t want to watch me fight, they’re liars. Everyone want to watch my fights, everyone wants to see a killer. Not that smoking sh*t and drug dealers here. I’m a professional athlete here.”

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