Kevin Holland claims he was first in line for Nick Diaz's comeback fight, explains why he turned it down

Kevin Holland reveals reason behind not taking Nick Diaz fight. [Image courtesy: @nickdiaz209 on Instagram; Getty Images]
Kevin Holland (left) reveals reason behind not taking Nick Diaz (right) fight [Image courtesy: @nickdiaz209 on Instagram; Getty Images]

Kevin Holland has revealed he was offered the chance to fight Nick Diaz in his comeback fight before the UFC finalized the matchup with Vicente Luque.

Holland explained during a media day interview for UFC 302 that the UFC approached him with the Diaz fight, but the timing didn't work for him:

“I was supposed to take a fight at 170 against a pretty big-name opponent. But they said he wasn’t going to be able to fight until August and I said, ‘Damn, that’s a long time.’ And they’re like, ‘Bro, it’s only an extra month.’ And I was like, ‘Nah, that’s too long,' So I got this, and I’m happy with it. I guess that [othe] fight is not going to circle back because I see he just got booked, so let’s see what happens after.” [H/t: MMA Junkie]

Catch Kevin Holland's appearance at UFC 302 media day below:

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Holland will instead face Michal Oleksiejczuk on the upcoming UFC 302 card on June 1. Nick Diaz will look to reignite his career against Luque on August 3 in Abu Dhabi.


Kevin Holland backs Islam Makhachev for future welterweight title

Kevin Holland declared Islam Makhachev a shoo-in for future welterweight champion status, even calling him a more dangerous threat than former lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Holland heaped praise on Makhachev's well-rounded skillset. Makhachev, currently dominating the lightweight division with 13 straight wins, recently secured back-to-back title defenses with a knockout victory over Alexander Volkanovski.

Prior to his upcoming fight at UFC 302, Holland spoke to the media about Makhachev's impressive skillset:

"[Makhachev would be] champ, for sure, for sure. I think Khabib [Nurmagomedov] could have did the same thing if he wanted to. So yeah, for sure...And I think Islam's [Makhachev] probably a little bit more scarier to deal with...He knocked out 'Volk'...I don't think an easy person to put away...Scary, scary guy right there."

Check out Kevin Holland's comments below:

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