Contrary to Cris Cyborg’s recent tweet, her manager George Prajin confirmed that talks to finalize the Holly Holm fight are still ongoing.
UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg has been heavily campaigning for a fight against Holly Holm at UFC 219 at the end of the year. But a recent tweet she posted claimed that negotiations with the UFC have stopped because of some unspecified contact disagreements.
My meeting with the @UFC for next week has been canceled. They want to pay me less to fight @HollyHolm than I made to fight Tonya Evinger
— #UFC219 CyborgVHolm (@criscyborg) October 3, 2017
This claim, however, was disputed by her own manager, George Prajin. In a recent interview with ESPN.com, Prajin clarified that negotiations to finalize Cyborg vs. Holm are still ongoing, contrary to his client’s post.
“Emotions can run high during negotiations, but to clarify things, the UFC has not made an offer for a fight at UFC 219. We are still in talks,” Prajin said.
From their end, Holm’s camp seems a bit unsettled about the match-up. For striking coach Mike Winkeljohn, Cyborg’s PED history bears a lot of weight, and matters a lot more than Brock Lesnar’s.
But even with these issues on the table, Cyborg’s camp remains optimistic that a deal would be finalized, and a fight will push through.
“Cris wants to fight Holly Holm on Dec. 30,” Prajin said. “That is what we are working towards and we are optimistic it will happen.”
UFC 219 is scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.