Holm-Cyborg Is Still On The Table
The highly anticipated and much talked about fight pitting UFC female featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino against Holly Holm remains on the table for now, despite a what Cyborg posted on her twitter page on Tuesday.
— #UFC219 CyborgVHolm (@criscyborg) October 3, 2017
“My meeting with the UFC has been canceled. They want to pay me less to fight Holly Holm than I made to fight Tonya Evinger [in July].”
Justino is nearing the end of her current UFC contract, and has continued to call out Holm for UFC 219 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas. The current champion has also followed the path of Conor McGregor and tease a boxing career. So much so, that she obtained a professional boxing license in the state of California.
Speaking to ESPN, Justino’s longtime manager George Prajin claimed that negotiations with the UFC are ongoing and no formal offer has been made to fight Holm.
“Emotions can run high during negotiations, but to clarify things, the UFC has not made an offer for a fight at UFC 219… Cris wants to fight Holly Holm on Dec. 30. That is what we are working towards and we are optimistic it will happen.”
Justino won the UFC’s 145-pound championship by knocking out Evinger in the third round of a title fight at UFC 214 in July. According to the California State Athletic Commission, Justino’s disclosed purse for that fight was $200,000.
Cyborg’s path to the UFC began with her deal with Invicta in 2013, where she was able to cross over into the UFC. Ever since winning the title, Justino has made Holm her target on social media prior to Tuesday’s statement.