Photo: Kevin Holland provides huge update on hand injury with an X-ray after war with Stephen Thompson

Kevin Holland (left), Holland
Kevin Holland (left); Holland's X-Ray (right) [Image credit: @Trailblaze2top on Twitter]

Kevin Holland was sidelined after suffering an injury during his most recent outing. Still, today the welterweight provided an update on his hand and hinted at a return to the octagon.

'Trailblazer' showed incredible heart last time out and put on an all-time display alongside Stephen Thompson in the main event of UFC Fight Night on December 3.

Although he lost, the 30-year-old received praise for battling through a lot of adversity. Holland's corner threw in the towel before the fifth round started as their fighter's hand was almost rendered useless due to repeatedly blocking Thompson's devastating kicks.

In a post on social media, Kevin Holland revealed that his hand is healing up well. He also signalled his intention to return to the cage with a cheeky quote.

The loss to Stephen Thompson came at a terrible time for Holland, as he had previously claimed that he was retiring from the sport following his crushing loss to Khamzat Chimaev just three months earlier.

Whether it was a money dispute with the UFC or not getting good matchups, the Texan was ready to lay down the gloves and put an end to his almost eight-year-long MMA career. Suffering a loss to the karate specialist after making such a bold retirement statement could be a bad sign for his future.

Suppose he does decide to continue on in his journey. In that case, the fan-favourite has the ability to entertain viewers with his unforgettable antics inside and outside the octagon.

What went wrong for Kevin Holland against Stephen Thompson?

Kevin Holland stepped into the cage last month to compete against one of his most difficult tests to date. He locked horns with Stephen Thompson, but how did the fight play out?

Despite dropping 'Wonderboy' early in the bout, the knockout artist struggled with his opponent's distance management and striking and was outclassed on the feet for the majority of the outing.

Thompson is known for his susceptibility to the wrestling game, having often found it tough to come away with wins against grapplers. Although primarily a striker, Holland holds a Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and knows how to handle himself on the ground.

His submission ability could've opened up a clear avenue for victory. Still, each and every time 'Trailblazer' found himself in a dominant grappling position, he allowed the undefeated kickboxer to return to his feet, ultimately giving up his main advantage.

Holland had made a pact with his dance partner to keep the fight on the feet for the maximum entertainment of the fans. Holland did indeed prove to be a man of his word on fight night.

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Edited by Virat Deswal
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