UFC welterweight Kevin Holland is the closest MMA has come to a hero after repeatedly stopping crime and helping the needy in Texas.
‘Trailblazer’ is known to most for causing the cancellation of the UFC 279 pre-fight press conference as he walked out backstage with Khamazat Chimaev ahead of their fight two days later .
However, Holland is actually one of the good guys and has proven that many times in the past by apprehending a car thief, shooting a gunman and pulling someone out of a car wreck.
The 30-something’s first act of heroism came in October 2021 when he saw someone steal a car and sprang into action.
Holland began pursuing the suspected car thief who crashed twice before being caught and held by the American fighter until police arrived.
The incident was documented by his trainer Shug Dorsey on social media and quickly went viral before Holland shed some light on what happened by posting: “I have to go get a [doughnut] very quickly.
In March, Holland again made headlines, this time for overpowering a gunman who burst into a Houston restaurant called Ra Sushi and fired a shot.
While most of the people ducked for cover, the 23-8 fighter and two others swarmed the shooter and Holland put him to sleep with a rear chokehold to prevent him from shooting another cut.
“I wouldn’t tell the next person to do it unless they’re seriously trained for this type of situation,” Holland told ESPN of his latest heroic act.
“Besides doing cage fighting, I train primarily in self-defense. For me, that was the best way to defend myself right now. Also, I love Batman.
Two months after admitting he “wishes he would find himself in fewer situations” following his second heroic moment, Holland was again forced into action after seeing an 18-wheeler truck flip over on its side.
As he ran and pulled the driver from the wreckage, Holland admits he was scared and the situation was made worse by the fact that the man he rescued was trying to come back for his belongings.
“I’m scared. Whenever things have happened, I’ve been calm and cool and collected. This time I’m scared,” he said during an interview with MMA Fighting.
“I’m like, the truck is going to explode. The guy gets back in his truck. He’s like, ‘I need my phone.’ I’m like, ‘Bro, I have a second phone in the car, you don’t need your phone. We have to go. He’s like, ‘I gotta get my shit.'”
Luckily, things went well for Holland who recently revealed he will no longer be working as a superhero in a particular town in Michigan after being arrested for unpaid traffic tickets.
“I am [at the police station] for about three, four hours,” he told TMZ Sports.
“I missed the flight. I was picking someone up from the airport. So they brought an Uber home and I was like, ‘Bro, I literally stopped a shooting a week ago and you’re all going to book tickets for me?’
“I don’t do anything in Saginaw anymore, man. I will help everyone anywhere else. If you’re in Saginaw, I’m not helping you.
Holland will headline UFC Orlando this Saturday when he takes on welterweight contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in a highly anticipated matchup at the Amway Center.