The MMA world is still buzzing / debating the news that Holly Holm is going to fight Germaine de Randamie for the UFC’s first, women’s 145 title, and not surprisingly, Cris “Cyborg” isn’t on board with the decision.
The UFC has announced that Holm and de Randamie will battle at UFC 208 for the newly created featherweight championship. The card will go down on February 11th in Brooklyn, New York.
Since “Cyborg” is Invicta FC’s 145 champion, and is widely considered to be the best female 145’er on the planet, the announcement is likely a shock to many. Even though Dana White recently relayed that the UFC had offered “Cyborg” two different fights for the new belt, but that she had turned them down. The Brazilian star said, however, that she needed more time to recover from the cut to 140 pounds she made in September (“Cyborg” stopped Lina Lansberg at UFC FN 95). The 31 year-old also said she’d be ready to fight in March.
Well, clearly the UFC didn’t want to wait, and “Cyborg” recently had this to say, while speaking to MMA Fighting:
“Everybody knows I’m the featherweight champion,” “Cyborg” said. “I’m undefeated for 10 years in my division. They put this belt only to sell the fight for the new MMA fans. For an example, Holly is coming off two consecutive losses and will fight for the belt. The real fight fans know what’s real.”
Now it will be interesting to see what comes next for “Cyborg”. Will she wait to face the winner of Holm – de Randamie later in 2017? Will the UFC offer her a bout in the interim? Does “Cyborg” have to fight someone in the meantime to lock up a title shot?