Shortly after Kevin Holland arrested a suspected car thief last October, the UFC veteran apparently had an unexpected run-in with his own law.
Holland revealed the story spontaneously during a recent episode of MMA hour, explaining that he was briefly arrested for unpaid tickets shortly after his no contest with Kyle Daukaus at UFC Vegas 38 – tickets that, unbeknownst to the 29-year-old California native, were sitting around dust since his teenage years.
“I had a Texas ID when I was 18, didn’t I?” Holland explained on MMA hour. “But then when I was 20, 21, I went back to California and got a real driver’s license, because I used to drive without a driver’s license for the longest time. [time], to the right? Just the thug. And when I went to get my driver’s license, I tried to pay for all my tickets, didn’t I? So, especially when I started making money, I paid for all my tickets.
“I guess we couldn’t find the tickets that were under my Texas ID, so I drove to the airport [in late 2021] to pick up my friend, and I got pulled over, and he was like, ‘Do you have another ID?’ I was like, ‘No.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, you do.’ I was like, ‘No, I don’t.’ He said to me, ‘Well, I’m taking you to jail because you have such and such a ticket.’ I was like, ‘Bro, I don’t have tickets.’ I thought, ‘What are you talking about?’ »
Baffled by the situation, Holland said he was then handcuffed and taken to a nearby jail, where he was immediately recognized for his UFC exploits by the booking agent.
“He was like, ‘Oh, why did you arrest this guy?’ And I was like, ‘He says I got tickets, bro. I don’t have tickets,’ Holland recalled. “He was like, ‘Nah, bro. You got tickets. was like, ‘I don’t have tickets.’ So he shows me and I have about $5,000 worth of tickets.
“I had money in my wallet, so he said to me, ‘We can use this money to pay for some of your tickets right away, and we can let you go. And I was like, ‘Bet. Do it. I don’t want to be here. So I just sat there and talked to him for a minute, we cut the track, talked about how I would make a good detective and so on, and then I went home.
Overall, Holland said it was a brief trip. Considering how harmless Holland’s misdemeanors were, the officer who initially arrested him also apparently heard it from his peers.
“Once I got there, he got in trouble. They were like, ‘Bro, you could have let it be.’ So he had to apologize to me,” Holland said with a laugh. “So that was pretty cool, that was pretty cool.
“The only thing that sucks is my friend wasn’t picked up from the airport. They let me get my phone, I was like, ‘Hey, you’re gonna have to Uber’. I can’t pick you up.’
It’s a story that thankfully had a pretty happy ending for Holland, who is set to move up to the welterweight division for the first time since 2017 when he met Alex Oliveira on March 5 at UFC 272.
Although Holland is the first to admit that things may have turned out differently in his youth.
“They tried to repo my car – I didn’t have to pay to get it out,” Holland said. “I went straight to the drop off point and they gave me my car, so that was pretty cool. It was straight forward.
“When I was younger it would have been bad. [But] it wasn’t that bad, so it was bullshit.