Former UFC Champ Holly Holm Open to Fighting Cris Cyborg at 140 Lbs
After losing at UFC 196, former bantamweight champion Holly Holm is looking ahead to her next fight: as it turns out, Holm is open to fighting Cris Cyborg at 140 pounds.
Apparently, Holm initially turned down the fight against Cyborg, which would have taken place at UFC 198. However, she only turned it down because she was still angling a rematch against Miesha Tate, who defeated her via submission at UFC 196 in March to take her bantamweight title.
“I was just kind of holding on to see if I could get the rematch for the belt,” Holm said in an interview with 120 Sports. “I’m not against fighting Cyborg. It just didn’t seem like the right time.”
However, with Tate squaring off against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in Las Vegas on July 9, and Cyborg coming off a fresh win against Leslie Smith at UFC 198, Holm is now open to facing off with Cyborg — even though Cyborg has stated in the past that she would be unable to meet Holm at 135 pounds, the necessary weight to compete in UFC’s bantamweight division.
“I’m not even stuck on the 135 compared to the 140 stuff,” Holm said. “It’s not really a big thing for me.”
Holm added, “In boxing, I fought in three weight classes. I’m not gonna say that I’m against going at 140. I actually think Cyborg might be able to do 135. Who knows? But that’s definitely something that could be an option for the future. I’m actually really happy for her victory. I really like Cyborg. I think she’s a great gal.”
Of course, before she can go up against Cyborg, Holm will have to get through Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of UFC on FOX 20 in Chicago on July 23. I guess we’ll see if Holm can get back on a roll, so UFC can have another major women’s fight to hype within the next six months or so.
But what do you think? Would you be down for Holm vs. Cyborg? Sound off in the comments!