The fight ended without Holland landing a strike, and Simaev shot a take-down in the opening exchange, locking in the D’Ars choke to earn the submission. With so many last-minute changes to the card that he accepted the match against Simaev at 24 hours’ notice, Holland gave credit to the still-undefeated Chechen for his performance, although he had to scrutinize how it went. The fight was played.
“Guys, I lost an awesome grappling match last night – I mean fight, my worst,” Holland said on Instagram. “Simeo is a sportsman. I’m going to talk more because you know who I am.
Originally, it was planned to face Holland Daniel Rodriguez The 180-pound catchweight boat came together weeks before the event. Rodriguez earned a split decision victory Li Jingliang Saturday in a razor-close fight.
Now that he’s trying to wash the bad taste of defeat from his mouth, Holland wants the chance to book at least one more fight before 2022 ends on too short notice.
“I hate to end the year like this, so I want to go there against a striker,” Holland said. “I don’t know if I’m still worthy of a ‘Wonderboy.’ [Stephen Thompson] fight I love the ‘Wonderboy’ fight, if not the ‘Wonderboy’ fight, T-Rod [Daniel Rodriguez], we were all over the place to get it done. We had to replace the card to save it.
“Maybe we can get something good, run it, and collect another check before the end of the year.”
Holland has said many times in the past that he likes to keep a more active schedule, and his setback at UFC 279 only seems to have changed that attitude.
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