Kevin Holland fires back at Derek Brunson, responds to critics following tough loss to ‘Wonderboy’


Kevin Holland has earned the nickname “talker” and one loss won’t shut him up.

After a disappointing loss to Steven “Wonder Boy” Thompson in the main event of UFC Orlando, Holland had to go to the hospital for treatment for a broken arm he sustained in the fight, so he didn’t get a chance to talk to anyone afterward. That changed Sunday when Holland posted a flurry of responses on social media – some to fans, a few more to critics – as he addressed the loss.

Perhaps the most notable message was sent to former opponent Derek Brunson when Holland gave him credit for a funny tweet but then teased a possible return to middleweight for a rematch in the future.

“Yes, yes and yes. The first good tweet you’ve ever made,” Holland said after Brunson called him the type of guy “who will try to beat a kickboxer 50-0.” “Also the kind of guy who comes back up in weight class and punches a blonde in the head. I would only do it for the fans… as always.”

Holland had previously lost a decision to Brunson when they faced off in 2021, but he has always considered that rematch even after moving up to welterweight.

In another message, Holland took aim at an esports player who complained about losing a bet on the main event. Holland fired back by mentioning the name of trainer James Krause, who has been effectively suspended from the UFC for the time being while an honest-to-betting investigation involving the retired fighter continues.

“GTFO is here,” Holland said. “Excellent”. You have a great life, gambling on sports, chasing influence for your bold predictions. Go hang out with James Krause, asshole.

Holland also set up a potential future fight against the first and only UFC champion “BMF” when he was compared to Jorge Masvidal after his loss. The 30-year veteran not only responded, but even managed to insult Masvidal in the process following his arrest in March after he allegedly assaulted former teammate and rival Colby Covington.

“I don’t give people stupid hits,” Holland said. “I beat suckers. He can get it next.”

Holland took time to respond to the many supporters as well as pay tribute to Thompson for his conduct before, during and after their four-round bout.

As for Holland’s return schedule, it’s not yet known how long it will take for his broken right arm to heal, although he did say in a separate reply that his arm is currently a “balloon”.