Every MMA fan knows that the most talked about fight that never happened was the clash between now former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Invicta featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.
For years, Rousey put obstacles for the fight to take place, most commonly Cyborg’s allegedly unwillingness to cut to 135lb and also the Brazilian’s positive test for anabolic steroids in 2012. The curious thing is that UFC President, Dana White, mentioned during the UFC 193 post-fight press conference that talks for a Rousey-Cyborg fight were taking place.
Now, with a new champion crowned, the interest for a new fight emerges: Holm vs. Cyborg, and it seems the new champ has a whole different approach to the challenge. “I’m open to opportunities. Each fight is it’s own, and as they come I just take the challenge. So I’m open with that. Cyborg, she is very tough. Actually, her and I have become friends. Really, I’d have to put the friends thing aside in order to fight, because she’s a pretty unique individual. I’m a fan of her,” said Holm to ESPN’s MMA Live.
Her coach, Mike Winkeljohn also weighed in: “Cris ‘Cyborg’ is just incredible with her strength and with what she can do”, he told talkingbrawlsmma.com. “I don’t know if she can make the weight at 135 pounds yet. She’s got a lot of holes in her game, a lot of craziness. That girl is so strong, so we’d have to be worried about it. But Holly would fight her in a heartbeat.”
Would you like to see that fight?