Its been a good week for UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino. First, she books the first defense of her title against former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm in what is one of the most sought after matchup in MMA. Next, Cyborg confirms to the media via her website that a new deal has been reached with the UFC that will keep her in the Octagon at least the next year.
Cyborg has made the most of her long-awaited UFC career. She stands undefeated in the Octagon with three straight wins, all of which coming by knockout in no later than the third round. Her most recent history came over former Invicta FC bantamweight champ Tonya Evinger who made her UFC debute opposite one of the most feared fighters in MMA.
Cyborg will now fight Holm at UFC 219 and, while it hasn’t been confirmed as the main event of the night, will certainly be one that piques the interest of hardcore and casual fans alike.
Holm returns after putting Bethe Correira away in Brazil this past June in what was the first win for the former champ in her last four fights. Stemming from a submission loss to Meisha Tate which wrestled the belt from her hands, Holm went on to lose a close decision to Valentina Shevchenko and a controversial one to inaugural (and former) women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie.
UFC 219 is set to take place on December 30th for the UFC’s annual New Year’s event.
Tickets for Cyborg Vs. Holm officially go on Sale Dec. 1st and will take place at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/17/2017.