Maybe we could see Cris Cyborg take on Holly Holm at UFC 219, one week after it looked as if the fight wasn’t going to materialize.
We are just about six weeks away from UFC 219 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the New Year’s Eve event does not yet have a headliner. In fact, tickets won’t go on sale until December 1st, the day before UFC 218 in Detroit.
The fight that looked to be the frontrunner to top UFC 219 was a women’s featherweight championship clash between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm, but last week those talks were described as “dead” by Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez. According to Fresquez, the two sides were unable to come to a financial agreement.
Not so fast!
According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, there’s renewed belief that Cyborg vs. Holm will happen at UFC 19, although “bout agreements have been not been issued yet.”
Cyborg has fought just once this year, winning the vacant featherweight title by TKOing Tonya Evinger at UFC 214. Holm fought for the inaugural title back in February, losing to Germaine de Randamie by unanimous decision, before returning to bantamweight to knock Bethe Correia out with a head kick. For Cyborg, it’d easily be the biggest fight for her outside of a Ronda Rousey return, and it’d provide Holm a second chance at becoming a two-division champion.
As for that other major UFC 219 rumor, don’t expect Tyron Woodley vs. Nate Diaz to happen, as Helwani also reported that the fight “is far from finalized and currently viewed as a long shot.” Diaz hasn’t fought since his loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202, and Woodley had planned to take the rest of 2017 off after suffering a labrum tear in his welterweight title defense vs. Demian Maia. It’s also worth noting that Diaz’s enormous stature means it’d be extremely difficult and dangerous for him to cut several hundred pounds to make the 170-pound limit on just a few weeks’ notice.