Stephen Thompson recently called out Kevin Holland to fight him next and it seems that ‘Trailblazer’ is on-board with the idea of going up against ‘Wonderboy’.
“Anybody ranked above, below me, I really don’t care. It doesn’t matter, to be honest with you,” Thompson had said initially when asked by MMAJunkie who he wanted to fight next, before going on to namecheck Holland in particular.
“You’ve got a lotta guys who are coming up… Kevin Holland, who just won his fight. I know he’s calling out Sean Brady, but he’s definitely a guy that I’m keeping a close eye on as well because he’s moving up the rankings quick. He was great at 185, made the cut to 170 fairly easy.”
Thompson is currently ranked at No.7 in the division, so that would be a big step-up for Holland, who is still smarting at the fact that he remains unranked in the weight class despite having now won two fights in a row inside the distance against Alex Oliveira and Tim Means since dropping down from 185lbs.
“After one fight at welterweight I probably should have got ranked, because I was ranked at middleweight,” Holland told MMAjunkie. “It’s like you took my ranking away off of a dub. It’s really crazy, so it’s whatever.
‘Wonderboy’ and me would be a fun fight. I think we’d have a good time. All he’s got to do is sign a contract, I’m there.”
And it seems that Holland isn’t concerned about the potential risks associated with going up against one of the division’s most elite strikers.
“It’s not that tricky. It’s a striker. I’m a striker,” Holland said. “It’s not that tricky. There’s nothing that he’s doing that I think that this is a puzzle that can’t be solved. The puzzle has been solved. It’s all about implementing what’s been solved in the puzzle and making it happen again. The holes that were there are still there. He’s a wonderful person, a wonderful fighter, a wonderful human being, but this is the fight game. I have a right hand. He’s been knocked out before. I touch him, he will go to sleep.”