Holm willing to fight Cyborg at 140 pounds

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 20.05.2016 11:50h Author:

Holly Holm & Mike Winkeljohn

Holly Holm is now willing to leave bantam division to fight Cris Cyborg. The narrative was going around that Holly Holm turned down a fight with Cris Cyborg at UFC 198, but it is not completely true.

It’s not that Holm doesn’t want to fight Cyborg, she told Dave Ross of 120 Sports on Wednesday. It was just that the timing was not right.

When Holm was offered the fight with Cyborg, she was still yearning for a rematch with Miesha Tate for the UFC women’s bantamweight title. Tate beat Holm by fifth-round submission at UFC 196 in March. Holm turned down the bout with Cyborg, hoping to get a chance to avenge the loss to Tate.

“I was just kind of holding on to see if I could get the rematch for the belt,” Holm said. … “I’m not against fighting Cyborg. It just didn’t seem like the right time.”

“I’m not even stuck on the 135 compared to the 140 stuff,” Holm said. “It’s not really a big thing for me.”

Just because she turned it down previously when she wanted another fight instead doesn’t mean Holm won’t say yes the next time.

“In boxing, I fought in three weight classes,” Holm said. “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.”