UFC’s Joseph Holmes claims he was attacked by Kevin Holland’s crew: ‘I just got fricking jumped’

Joseph Holmes is claiming he was jumped by Kevin Holland’s crew.

The UFC middleweight, clearly upset and in distraught, posted a video on his Instagram late Friday night accusing Holland and his crew of attacking him for no reason. MMA Junkie reached out to Holland for a comment, but didn’t receive a response on the matter at the time of this writing.

“They beat me up, they beat me down, they stomped on me while I was down,” Holmes said in the video. “F*ck, Kevin Holland. F*ck that guy. I just got fricking jumped.”

Holmes says the attack happened on Friday night at XKO 60, a local MMA event held at The Statler in Dallas. He claims to be attacked by several people from Holland’s crew.

“I’m walking through the venue, he ends up being in front of me, I make quick eye contact and continue on my way,” Holmes said. “I don’t say a word, don’t look at him, don’t touch him, nothing. So then literary less than 10 minutes later, me and my girl, we’re about to leave, and for a quick second I go, ‘Hey, shoot. I just left my clothes upstairs,’ because I changed clothes.

“I go back to run upstairs where my fighter was to grab my clothes that I left, and I see Kevin Holland coming down the stairs. I’m walking up the stairs, and he literally stops in front of me, looking at me, and he like looks at me and reaches his hands out like he’s stopping me to go upstairs.

“Then he grabs my f*cking arm. So what am I going to do? I’m like, “Na, (explicit), get your hands off me,’ and I back him up. … And next thing you know, I’m getting punched in the back of my f*cking head. And I’m just sitting there like, ‘What the f*ck.’ My glasses get tossed across the room, my earphones get tossed off me. I’m just standing there confused, ‘What the f*ck did I do.’ I’m just trying to walk up the stairs.'”


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Holmes says the attack was called off by Holland himself just before security stepped in to stop the situation. He said there’s history, as they’ve had differences after Holmes dated one of Holland’s uncle’s ex-girlfriend.

Now, Holmes wants to get his hands on Holland, but in the octagon. He hopes to fight him at some point. Holland is currently scheduled to fight Santiago Ponzinibio at UFC 287 on April 8.

“I looked at Kevin and said, ‘Sign the contract when it comes. We’re going to send you a contract, sign it when it gets there.’ You’re acting all big and tough, meanwhile your boyfriends are just hitting me on the back of the head for what? Make sure you sign the f*cking contract.”

Holland addressed Holmes on Instagram, without revealing any details from his perspective about the situation. Rather, Holland challenged Holmes to meet him at his gym to spar.

“Let’s be real, they won’t let me fight dude but you can put $20k on sparring,” Holland wrote. “… Piss or get off the pot.”

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie