With the possibility of yet another super fight on the horizon…this time in the women’s divisions, it presents an opening for the UFC to grant another interim crown.
A super fight between the UFC’s featherweight and bantamweight champions has been on the minds of many fans and pundits alike. Dating back to around the beginning of 2018 when UFC 219 concluded with featherweight queen Cris Cyborg defending her title successfully against a former 135-pound champion in Holly Holm.
The current champion in the division below Cyborg’s is Amanda Nunes and each has stated over the recent months that they do indeed have interest in fighting one another. And things began to get their most serious last night after Cyborg claimed that she had agreed to fight Nunes at UFC 228 in September.
It wasn’t long after this claim and pestering of Nunes that Nunes would respond with a picture of a signed bout agreement for their fight to take place at UFC 232 in December.
Assuming that this fight ends up taking place next for both champions regardless of when and where, Lance Pugmire of the LA Times now reports that Cyborg informed him that the UFC has an interim bantamweight title fight planned between Holm and Ketlen Vieira.
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) July 12, 2018
One of the things @criscyborg told me last night is that the UFC would want to do an interim women’s bantamweight title fight between @HollyHolm and @ketlenvieiraufc if Cyborg-Nunes happens …
After losing four of her last five, Holm would gain a much-needed win at UFC 225 this last month with a big win over top-ranked featherweight and former Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson.
Despite the win coming at featherweight, it presented the possibility for Holm to leapfrog over the clear next contender at 135-pounds in Vieira. An idea that Vieira wasn’t too fond of…
Vieira is currently an undefeated 10-0 with her last four coming in the UFC and her last two coming in impressive fashion over big names in former title challengers Sara McMann and Cat Zingano.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/12/2018