UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino is currently training at Phuket Top Team in beautiful Phuket, Thailand. If the video she uploaded to YouTube earlier today is any indication, she is absolutely killing it in the gym – and all of her prospective opponents should be worried. In this video, fans can watch Cyborg literally chase her pad-holder around the facility, smashing him with punches, knees, kicks and elbows as she does. Watch it above!
Though nothing is official just yet, Cyborg has been angling hard for a fight with former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm – ideally at UFC 219 this December.
“I would like to fight Holly Holm,” Cyborg told the media shortly after winning the UFC women’s featherweight title at UFC 214. “I think she is a great fighter, and she is a bigger girl like me. She’s fought already at 145. I think it’s a fight the fans will like because she’s a striker.”
“I think it would be an exciting fight because I like to fight and I’m going to find her,” the champ continued on a recent episode of The MMA Hour. “She’s going to run in the ring, but I’ll find her. She’s already run three times. I was supposed to fight her in Curitiba, I agreed to fight her 140 and she did not want to fight. Then, I said fight in Brazil, and she said she’d fight me at 138, not 140. And after this fight, when Megan Anderson pulled out of the fight, I said I’d like to fight Holly, she said no. […] Three time she run from this fight.”
Holm, meanwhile, has expressed interested in the fight – though she has some conditions.
“This is me publicly saying, ‘Yes, I am open to the fight at 145 [pounds],’” she recently told ESPN. “[But] I’m not going to take a fight at 135 pounds one month, and then the next month it’s, ‘Oh hey, do you want to fight Cyborg at 145?’ This is me going outside of my weight class and that’s OK. I’m willing to take the fight. I just want to have a full training camp. My contract is at 135 pounds. So, if they came with a fight like that [at 145lbs], I would say, ‘Let’s negotiate.’ I truly feel that is one of, if not the biggest, female fights they can promote. I’m not in it for the priority of money, but I value myself. […] This is a huge fight and I’m sure everybody around it, the promotion, is going to make money. So, I would expect more money.”
Do you want to see Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm fight at UFC 219 this December? If so, be sure to let Dana White and the UFC know on social media!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/19/2017.