The UFC press conference looked pretty much promising, as Kevin Holland is known for his history of fun statements and ideas, while Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson has never been a huge trash-talker – he’s one of the nicest fighters in the promotion and a fan of showcasing his skills inside the Octagon.
Kevin Holland announced that he plans to strike against Wonderboy Thompson. According to Holland, Wonderboy was losing to people who dragged the fight to the canvas.
“Stephen Thompson fought for the title in the past, he’s had a couple of losses recently but he’s lost to people who decided to grapple the whole time. People who decide to strike don’t have a good night unless you’re Anthony Pettis. I think I’m as creative as Anthony even though he’s shown a lot of creativity inside the cage”, Holland said.
“Against Wonderboy, I think there is only one way to go. If I’m backing up then he does some things that he wants to do, if he’s backing up then he’s probably doing a few still fancy a** moves but on that a** you know what I mean”, Holland continued.
Holland Plans To Stand And Bang With Thompson
Holland wanted to fight Stephen Thompson before Khamzat Chimaev. When asked what he thought of fighting Thompson, Holland described the potential combat as “a technical stand-up war”.
“It’s not really a standard bang, it’s a real technical stand-up fight. You have to implement certain things and to get the Wonderboy and to have your way with him. I plan on implementing those things. I plan on showing that I can strike with the best of them and then it’s just a very fun matchup.
You talk about a guy who fought for the title, you talk about a guy some of the best out there at the top of the way. If you want a name you got to go through somebody like that and I just want a number for striking I don’t care about anything else”, Holland concluded.
— UFC (@ufc) November 30, 2022
Where To Watch UFC Fight Night Press Conference?
Stephen Thompson vs Kevin Holland’s press conference took place yesterday, Wednesday, November 30th, 2022. You can take a look at the highlights on MMAJunkie’s playlist.
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