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Kevin Holland broke Michal Oleksiejczuk’s arm, Twitter responds

Kevin Holland defeated Michał Oleksiejczuk via technical submission (armbar), Round 1 – 1:34 at UFC 302 on Saturday, June 1, 2024, live from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Things did not look good at the beginning of the battle for the Netherlands. Oleksiejczuk dropped Holland and swung with the intention of ending the fight. Holland survived the early scare and took the battle to the ground. In a struggle, Holland managed to catch Oleksiejczuk’s arm deep in an arm bar. Oleksiejczuk, however, refused to tap. Oleksiejczuk’s arm shot up and wrapped around the elbow. Referee Herb Dean recognized the injury and Oleksiejczuk’s refusal to tap out and stopped the fight.

It was unclear whether Oleksiejczuk’s arm was broken or dislocated, but either way he will be sidelined for the foreseeable future with the injury. It was the second fight in a row that Oleksiejczuk lost by technical decision. At UF 299, Oleksiejczuk was submitted with a rear-naked choke by Michel Pereira. Oleksiejczuk may want to rethink his refusal to tap. If he had tapped out, he still would have lost the fight, but he wouldn’t have suffered an injury that could have required surgery.

“Dude cracked me with a good shot. Somehow we ended up on the ground and dude let his arm out,” said Holland, who improved to 26-11 with one career no-contest. Holland made it clear he was willing to fight anyone at welterweight or middleweight. With his willingness to fight anyone at any time, Holland has become one of the most popular fighters on the UFC roster.

The win was only the second finish on the card and the first of the UFC 302 main card. After the victory, the Netherlands jumped out of the cage to shake hands with former President Donald Trump, who was sitting next to Dana White at the cage.