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UFC star Kevin Holland claims he has ‘retired’ at 29

Kevin Holland stunned fans on Thursday after suddenly announcing that he was “retiring”.

Along with a peace sign emoji, the UFC welterweight posted a photo to Instagram that read, “Had a good run. 30 in just over a month. I’m paid, I’m out.” He even surveyed his followers asking what his “next career choice” should be.

Holland also followed up with an Instagram story that wrote “Retired for 30.”

Holland said he was well paid for the last-minute switch at UFC 279, facing Khamzat Chimaev with a day’s notice. So if this retirement really sticks, then maybe he just played the game right. This is prize fighting after all and the goal should be to get in, get paid and get out before it’s too late.

That said, retirements in martial arts are often temporary, and this feels like it could be cut back sooner than most.

As he said, the Netherlands will not turn 30 until November 5.

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He just lost what he called a “wrestling match” with Chimaev, then called for a fight with Stephen Thompson about a week before this announcement.

The Netherlands has a record of 23-8 with one No Contest. He currently holds the UFC record for most wins in a calendar year after five wins in 2020.

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