It won’t be long before Kevin Holland starts wearing a cape full-time.
The veteran UFC fighter, who helped apprehend a gunman in March and hunted a suspected carjacker last October, came to the rescue again in his adopted home of Texas after witnessing a tractor trailer overturn on the freeway.
“There’s a guy who flipped an 18 wheeler over, I got out and helped that guy,” Holland said The fighter against the writer when asked about his latest exploits. “Other than that, nothing else happened.”
A tractor-trailer accident might seem almost like a walk in the park given how willing Holland was to confront potentially violent criminals, but he reacted immediately after witnessing the accident in real-time.
“I drive the Regal, the old school kind of like my Batmobile,” Holland explained. “Everyone knows Batman is my favorite character, so that’s probably why I intervene in all of these things. I drive down the street, enjoy good old 80’s and 90’s music, just drive around. It’s fast, but it’s driving, and then I look to the right and this guy looked like he was trying to get onto the freeway pretty fast.
“I looked right back. I looked back to the right side and he is slipping sideways. i am like god I put the shelf on and am glad I put the new brakes in there. Get out, run over, jump on it, yank the door open, get the guy out.”
According to Holland, the entrance to the freeway was quite long, and it seemed like the driver was increasing speed to join the traffic already rushing down the road. Things then got dire when the driver lost control and the truck slid off the embankment before overturning.
Holland has never batted an eye on chasing a suspected carjacker, let alone a gunman, but he admits the first time he actually got scared was when he jumped onto the truck to get the driver inside.
“I’m getting the guy out, the car is leaking fluids, I’m getting the guy out of the truck and I’m scared,” Holland said. “Every other time something happened, I was calm, cool and collected. This time I’m scared. I feel like the truck is about to explode. The guy gets back in his truck! He says, ‘I need my phone.’ I’m like brother, I have a second phone in the car, you don’t need your phone. We must go. He says, ‘I gotta get my s***.’
“So the second time I help him out and I’m like bro we have to go. He says, ‘I think I need something else from the truck.’ I’m leaving. When I turn around, there’s a cop standing there and I’m like, ‘Hey, what’s going on? “He said, ‘Tell me what’s going on – who’s driving, you or him?’ I’m like no no no my car is down there so this is one of those situations where I should probably keep my ass in the car.”
Luckily, Holland said no other vehicles were involved in the accident, with the trailer truck ultimately skidding off the road and crashing onto the grass rather than swerving onto the freeway.
“He slid perfectly on the grass,” said Holland. “I think the guy fell asleep trying to get on there. Who knows. I know how it is. I’m also tired when I drive. I will dodge. It happens.
“The guy was perfectly fine, but suddenly when the officer pulled over, he was [screaming]. I felt like you were playing.”
Holland has no idea why he keeps getting into dangerous situations. All he knows is that he just can’t turn around and walk away when there’s a chance he could help.
Holland, who will return to action at UFC Austin on June 18, revealed there is another incident from his past that seems to trump all of those situations. But he has no plans to tell that story any time soon.
“I have another situation that’s a lot wilder, I’ll never talk about it,” Holland teased. “Yeah, after that situation, I thought, how do I keep getting into these situations?
“When I was young I wanted to be a superhero, so you have to be careful what you ask for. You ask for certain things and they start to happen and you wonder why those things happen – you have to be careful what you ask for.”
Instead of wearing a cape, Holland has another idea for a new nickname that perhaps reflects his constant ability to be in the right place at the right time.
“What I learned from talking to a good friend of mine, she actually has a fight coming up, she said, ‘My boy, when you do ratchet hood stuff, you take off your glasses,'” Holland said. “When you do good things, you keep your glasses on. You are reversed Clark Kent.’ I like that a lot, so maybe I’ll call myself Clint Kark.”