Dana White believes that Kevin Holland was experiencing a psychological breakdown throughout his UFC Vegas 22 loss to Derek Brunson within the evening’s foremost occasion.
To the frequent observer, Kevin Holland’s incessant speaking throughout his struggle towards Derek Brunson might have come throughout as par for the course in a struggle that includes a person whose nickname is “Large Mouth.” Holland has change into extensively recognized for his jaw-jacking tendencies, so it might come as no shock that he spoke through the entirety of his first five-round struggle within the UFC. However what made this struggle totally different is that Holland was talking whereas being outwrestled within the largest struggle of his profession as an alternative of placing all his consideration on bettering his place and defending.
This nonchalant, carefree angle was evenly criticized by commentators through the occasion, however there was nothing mild or lighthearted about UFC President Dana White’s evaluation of what he noticed within the cage from Holland.
“I believe that was a psychological breakdown,” White instructed Yahoo Sports activities after the occasion. “The one different factor I noticed prefer it was [in boxing] when Lennox Lewis fought that man [Oliver McCall] who stored his fingers at his aspect and was crying. I don’t know what he was doing. I believe he won’t have been capable of deal with the strain and simply broke mentally. I haven’t seen something like that.”
Throughout the referenced boxing contest, McCall was not presenting any struggle in response to Lewis in any respect and at one level cried between rounds. It appears a bit harsh to lump Holland into this class being that, if nothing else, he was attempting to mount offense on the ft, at one level having Brunson in a little bit of hassle early within the second spherical. And although restricted, Holland did land some strikes to Brunson from the underside in intervals.
It’s tough to know what Holland was pondering through the moments Brunson was dominating him within the grappling division, however he has been constant about not taking himself too severely and at all times having enjoyable throughout each second contained in the Octagon. As weird and undisciplined as Holland’s speaking through the loss might have come throughout to some spectators, it may be argued that his habits didn’t stray as removed from his norm as Dana White and others are making out.
What do you assume? Did Kevin Holland undergo a psychological breakdown of some sort? Is his nonstop speaking through the UFC Vegas 22 foremost occasion deserving of criticism? Or ought to all people loosen up?