The encounter was a grappling heavy one, which is why Holland claims that things got a little too intimate in the Octagon.
“I liked it when we were going for submissions, but when we were just laying there it was like, ‘Dang, what are we doing here, bro? We’re getting a little bit too intimate,’” Holland said after the event (via Ben Fowlkes & Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie). “So I really wasn’t with all that. I got married not too long ago. If I want to get intimate, I’ll do that with her. I came to Philly to catch a body, not to make love.”
These comments were similar to what Holland echoed in the post-fight interview right after the fight.
One huge reason that Holland was disappointed in the fight was that he was trying to be a part of a Holland Family legacy at the event.
“I saw my very first UFC fight here, but what really blew me away was when Anderson Silva was backing up and he knocked out Forrest Griffin,” Holland said. “It was a knockout that blew me away. It wasn’t hugging and grappling on the ground. My family last name is Holland, we’re known for bodies. I was trying to join the family legacy. I was trying to catch a body in Philly. And I didn’t do that tonight, so therefore I am not happy.”
Holland has now fought three times under the UFC banner and two of those encounters went the distance.