UFC president Dana White provides an update on a potential women’s featherweight title fight between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm.
UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg wants to make her first title defense against former bantamweight champion Holly Holm, but a deal has not yet been struck.
Cyborg has said that she would like to take on Holm at UFC 219 on December 30th, but recently tweeted that the UFC “want to pay me less to fight Holly Holm than I made to fight Tonya Evinger.” Shortly thereafter, Cyborg’s longtime manager George Prajin addressed the tweet by saying, “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.”
UFC president Dana White was asked about the status of Cyborg vs. Holm at the UFC 216 post-fight press conference, and while he was short on specifics about a date and venue, he believes that the fight will materialize.
“Yeah, yeah, I think we’ll get it done,” White said. “We’ll see what happens. It’s not done yet. You know I can never predict what’s gonna happen, but I think we’ll get it done. Soon.”
Cyborg (18-1, 1 NC) became UFC champ by dispatching Tonya Evinger at UFC 214. Germaine de Randamie had won the inaugural title by beating Holm (11-3) in February, only to be stripped after opting not to defend the belt against the longtime #1 women’s featherweight. Holm snapped her three-fight losing streak by returning to bantamweight and knocking out Bethe Correia at UFC Singapore in June.
UFC 219 currently does not have a main event. The fight card will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.