An altercation between Khamzat Chimaev and Kevin Holland led to a backstage melee that ultimately resulted in the UFC 279 pre-fight press conference being cancelled on Thursday.

It was said that Chimaev initiated the melee when he kicked Holland backstage. Chimaev’s alleged attack is what then turned into a far bigger issue as security scrambled to get everything under control.

During media day on Wednesday, Holland (23-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC) said Chimaev only does “extra wannabe street sh*t” when the media is around. Chimaev didn’t really like these words at all.

According to his head coach Andreas Michael, he claimed that Khamzat Chimaev gave Kevin Holland a boot in the chest. However, he added that no one was hurt in the altercation.

“What happened was, Khamzat went inside by himself, then it started with Kevin Holland,” Michael said on Instagram. “He gave him like a boot in the chest then they started whatever they’re doing, and then the Diaz crew came in and they started doing what they’re doing, but nobody got injured thank God.

“We’re here to fight in the cage, not in the streets, 50 (on) one types of things like that – sportsmen, that’s what we are, sportsmen. So let’s f*cking be sportsmen and stop all this sh*t. On Saturday we got a fight coming up and that’s the most important thing.”

A scuffle happened between Khamzat and Nate Diaz but that was quickly resolved. With UFC 279 just around the corner, things have certainly heated up in many ways.


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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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