Holly Holm ‘Open’ To Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino Fight In December

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm is considering a potential fight against UFC featherweight championship Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino.

Holm (11-3) is coming off a knockout victory over Bethe Correia from back in June and is currently deciding her next fight.

Justino (18-1) vs Holm would be a huge draw for UFC and one that would certainly impact both ticket sales and PPV buys should the bout come to fruition for December.

UFC president Dana White has expressed his interest as has Justino, who has demanded that Holm move up in weight to make the match happen.

“This is me publicly saying, ‘Yes, I am open to the fight at 145 [pounds],'” Holm said (h/t ESPN).

“I’m not going to take a fight at 135 pounds one month, and then the next month it’s, ‘Oh hey, do you want to fight Cyborg at 145?’

“This is me going outside of my weight class and that’s OK” Holm continued.

“I’m willing to take the fight. I just want to have a full training camp.”

Holm discussed if a December 30th match would give her enough time to prepare.

“My [UFC] contract is at 135 pounds,” Holm remarked.

“So, if they came with a fight like that, I would say, ‘Let’s negotiate.’

“I truly feel that is one of, if not the biggest, female fights they can promote. I’m not in it for the priority of money, but I value myself. My biggest passion is about the fight itself, but this is my career and anybody looking out for their career is looking at the facts. This is a huge fight and I’m sure everybody around it, the promotion, is going to make money. So, I would expect more money.”

While there are other options on the table for Holm, she is definitely aware of the talks about a Justino fight.

“I’ve had no fight presented to me,” Holm said. “[But] obviously, there are talks.

“I know she kind of gets upset that a lot of people are dodging her — but there are two ways to look at it. Is everybody dodging her, or is she dodging everybody in the 135-pound division? I could go and call out the entire 125-pound division.

“She’s made 140 pounds. What’s five [more] pounds? If she really, really, really wanted to — yes, I 100 percent think Cyborg can make 135. She’s my exact height.”

A Holm victory would cement her status as one of the all-time greats.


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