Kevin Holland blasted Jacare Souza’s face until he was unconscious … and now the UFC star says he’s coming for Israel Adesanyaand all the top middleweight fighters … starting with Derek Brunson.
TMZ Sports talked to the 28-year-old fighter after his 5th (yes, 5th!!) UFC win of 2020, and the 6’3″, 185 lb. striker tells us there’s no time for R&R … he wants to get right back in the Octagon, ASAP, with #7 ranked Brunson.
“I know a lot of people don’t know the name, but Derek Brunson. That’s who I want to smack,” Holland tells us.
Kevin Holland secures win number 5️⃣ of 2020! 🤯
✅ May 16 Anthony Hernandez ✅ Aug. 8 Joaquin Buckley ✅ Sept. 19 Darren Stewart ✅ Oct. 31 Charlie Ontiveros ✅ Dec. 12 Jacare Souza
“[Derek] said something about slamming me on my head 1 time. I was like, ‘Oh, okay. That’s how you think we play.’ That may be how you play with other wrestlers, but I’m a striker. Know what I mean?,” Holland says.
“You think you’re gonna slam me on my head, that’s alright. I think I’m gonna punch you in the head a couple times. I can take a slam. He can’t really take too many punches.”
FYI, Brunson is on a 3-fight win streak … and recently handed up-and-coming star Edmen Shahbazyan his first loss.
Holland tells us his plan is to beat Brunson, then take out ALL the high-ranked guys in the division … before ultimately snatching Adesanya’s belt.
“So, if I beat Derek Brunson, I’d be number 6. Then I gotta go through 5, 4, 3, 2, champ. Then that’s 6 fights in a year. That’s a good year. Then no one can say [I] didn’t fight tough competition.”
We also asked Holland about 26-year-old phenom, Khamzat Chimaev … who Kevin called out after beating Souza at UFC 256 on Saturday.
Future super fight?? Listening to Holland, it sounds like only a matter of time before these guys scrap.