Kevin Holland arrests perfume thief hours before fight
Kevin Holland might just be a real-life Batman.
For at least the fourth time in recent months, Holland has taken action to stop the crime, according to his manager Oren Hodak, of KO Reps, and a witness. The incident happened less than 24 hours before his UFC on ESPN 37 on Saturday against Tim Means.
While Holland waited for reservations on Friday in Austin, Texas, he and his team stopped at a liquor store to get some water around 8:30 a.m. local time.
That’s when Holland and his team witness a foot chase in the distance, according to Hodak. After the man in pursuit shouted something about a stolen item, Holland ran after him, shot him, and retrieved the allegedly stolen items, which turned out to be perfume bottles.
In a video provided by Hodak to MMA Junkie, a man who allegedly witnessed Holland’s takedown recounted what happened from his perspective.
“I saw two guys running after another guy and I thought they were just playing,” the man said. “Then I heard one of the guys chasing him say, ‘If you let him down, I won’t screw you. I’m like, ‘Oh shit. This guy got robbed. Before I pulled out my phone to record anything, they were long gone.
A sweat-soaked Holland also provided perspective in the video.
“So we’re just sitting here with nothing to do,” Holland said. “We had gotten water from a liquor and wine stop with (coach). Then we saw a guy running down the street, so we opened up our cardio and chased a crack head. That’s how we did it. That’s what we did today.
The latest leap of heroism comes in a months-long stretch of Holland making similar headlines. In October, Holland reportedly apprehended a car thief. In March, he participated in the successful dismantling of a gunman at a Texas sushi restaurant. In May, he revealed he had recently helped rescue the driver of an 18-wheeler that overturned on the side of a highway.
“I’m still a thug at the end of the day,” Holland told MMA Junkie and other reporters at a pre-fight press conference Wednesday. “I always do thug shit. I take off the glasses? Shit gets bad. I keep the glasses? The shit stays good. As long as I keep the glasses, I think we’re good to go. (I’m) more Superman than Batman.
Watch the video provided by Holland management explaining the situation above.