Holly Holm gets why folks keep asking her about Cris “Cyborg” Justino, but the former bantamweight champ understands that several things have to fall into place, before she needs to focus on the dangerous fighter.
Holm will fight Germaine de Randamie this Saturday at UFC 208, and the bout will crown the promotion’s first women’s featherweight champ. The bout came together after the UFC reportedly offered Justino a crack at the new title, but she turned it down, as the Invicta champ said she needed more time to recover from her cuts to 140. Since then, however, “Cyborg” has been flagged by USADA for a diuretic, but the fighter has claimed that she was using the substance via a doctor’s orders (as a result of the issues she’s been dealing with due to cutting weight).
So, obviously things are kind of up in the air, in terms of when Justino will fight again. Thus, this is one the reasons why, Holm said the following (quote via MMA Junkie):
“In order to even think about that potential fight, I have to get through this fight,” Holm said. “When I first signed with the UFC, I had two fights, one fight being Raquel Pennington and then Marion Reneau. In both of those fights, people kept asking me, ‘How long do you think until you fight Ronda?’ I said, ‘Well I have these fights in front of me first, so I have to get through them.’ I know Cris ‘Cyborg’ is definitely the big name for the 145-pound division, but right now with this situation she has going on, I think I’ll just let that pan out.
“…I’ve got Germaine de Randamie right in front of me. If I don’t get by her, there probably won’t even be talk of a Cris ‘Cyborg’ fight.”
That’s definitely a good way of looking at it. De Randamie is a ridiculously decorated striker, whose only loss in the UFC, came against the reigning 135 champ Amanda Nunes. So looking past the Dutch fighter would be a huge mistake.
UFC 208 will take place in Brooklyn, New York, and in the co-headliner, Anderson Silva will take on fellow middleweight contender Derek Brunson.