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Kevin Holland rises to UFC Summer Fight Challenge from Superstar

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UFC fan favorite Kevin Holland goes all-in against Nate Diaz this summer.

On June 20, Diaz took to Twitter again to publicly plead with the UFC for a fight this summer. Diaz has been fighting for a contest for months, but fans haven’t seen him in the Octagon since his fight with Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June 2021.

Diaz tweeted that he would like the promotion to dish him an opponent for July or August and if they don’t he will seek to be fired from the promotion. The popular UFC veteran has just one fight left on his contract and he plans to fight it out and test free hand. And according to Monday’s tweet, he may be eyeing a boxing match with Jake Paul.

“UFC release now please or let me fight anyone in July or August,” Diaz tweeted. “I’ve got bigger things to do.” Diaz also shared a clip of Paul KOing former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. See the embedded tweet below:

Enter “trailblazer”.

Holland, who came off a D’Arce choke finish against Tim Means last weekend, shared his interest in taking on the challenge from Diaz.

“Everyone?” Holland wrote in reply. “Ok, I’ll be someone just for you, little Nate!” Holland also changed his Twitter profile name to “I’m ‘Everyone’ for Diaz.”

A welterweight bout between Holland and Diaz would undoubtedly excite fans. They’re both fighters who like to stand and act, and they keep the conversation going with their caged trash. Trailblazer returned to 170 pounds earlier this year and is 2-0 since retiring from middleweight.

At the time of writing, Diaz, who has been a welterweight since 2016, has not responded to Holland’s tweet.

After the dust settled and Holland spoke to Daniel Cormier for his post-fight interview in Austin Saturday, Trailblazer called out Sean Brady from the 9th-ranked welterweight division.

But during UFC’s post-fight press conference on ESPN 37, Holland confirmed he will take on anyone or anything the UFC puts in front of him.

“I really don’t care,” Holland said via MMA Junkie. “Sean Brady called my name. So if they want me to fight Sean Brady, I’ll take Sean Brady. It’s everything the UFC wants. If they want me to fight a whale, I will fight a whale. If they want me to fight a pig, I’ll fight a pig. They want me to fight my own chicken, I’ll go down there and fight my own chicken. It’s anything you want.”

If Means is known for one thing, it’s its resilience. So Holland dealt with the UFC veteran by channeling his inner Captain America.

“I hit him with a good shot and I was like, ‘Damn, you’re fucking tough,'” Holland said. “And he said, ‘Yeah, I can do this all night.’ So I started thinking about the Captain America movie where he said, ‘I can do this all night.’ So it’s just little things. I went stomping on the thigh. Normally I would go for the knee. I told him I would avoid the knee and he said he would do the same. So all in all good stuff. I got up once and was like, ‘Pretty good, huh?’ and he said, ‘Not bad boy.’ So Tim is just a fucking OG that he is.”

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