Holly Holm is open to fighting for UFC gold in both the bantamweight and featherweight divisions if the opportunity is right — and Cris Cyborg is once again interested in facing her inside the Octagon.
A former champion at Strikeforce and Invicta FC, Cyborg is slated to meet Tonya Evinger for the vacant 145-pound championship on July 29 at UFC 214 in Anaheim, Calif. The Brazilian told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour that Holm would be a great option for her next fight, if she wins in Anaheim.
"I think the next fight could be with her,” said Cyborg, pointing out that she “already accepted” to face Holm three different times at UFC 184, UFC 198, and UFC Fight Night 95, but the fight never happened.
"I think (it’s a) great fight for all the fans,” Cyborg said. “She already fought at 145 (pounds) with (Germaine) de Randamie and people say that she win, she lost. Let's make the fight with me for the belt. She just defeated Bethe Correia, I think she’s the big name for the next fight. She's a great fighter.”
Cyborg (17-1, 1 NC) scored a pair of dominant TKO victories in the UFC in 2016, finishing Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg in 140-pound catchweight bouts after a 5-0 run as a featherweight in the Invicta FC cage.
Holm (11-3) recently put an end to a three-fight losing skid — two of those losses having come in UFC title bouts — with a devastating knockout win over Correia in Singapore.