Khamzatchimaev seems to have kicked Kevin Holland in UFC presser footage


Footage of exactly what happened backstage before the UFC 279 press conference is beginning to surface, with a new video appearing to show Khamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland briefly getting physical before officials restrain them.

UFC broadcast partner ESPN released the video on Saturday, hours before Chimaev and Holland face off in the event’s co-headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Despite officials best efforts to keep Chimaev and Holland separate, Chimaev appears to kick Holland, pushing him back, before they are separated.

“Say Something Now,” Chimaev stated. “F*** you, b****.”

“You are not interested in that f ****** Life, child,” Holland responds. “You’re not about it.”

Holland appeared later at the conference to answer questions about the incident. UFC President Dana White, shaking, announced that there had been an altercation backstage. White later cancelled the gathering, citing safety concerns.

White told reporters backstage after pulling the plug, that Chimaev had initiated the fight that eventually led to Nate Diaz’s involvement and others from his camp.

Chimaev’s coach later said his fighter gave Holland “a boot in the chest,” which appears to be backed up by the new footage.

It wasn’t the first time Chimaev and Holland had crossed paths. The two got into a verbal altercation at UFC Vegas 21 and had traded shots on social media and in interviews before they allegedly got physical at the UFC 279 presser.

Less than 24 hours later, the two got the chance to settle their dispute in the octagon after Chimaev badly missed weight for his fight with Diaz, prompting a last-second shuffle matched him with Holland and Diaz with Tony Ferguson.

White told reporters none of the fighters involved in the altercation would receive any discipline from the promotion, and the press conference was not staffed by the Nevada Athletic Commission, which would have had jurisdiction to penalize the fighters, as it did after an infamous brawl between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier at a press conference for UFC 178.