UFC Champ Holly Holm “open” to potential Cris “Cyborg” Justino bout at 145 lbs.

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

“I know with the UFC, they don’t have that division. So, if that was something that they were going to put together, I’m not against it. I’m open to it… I’m not against options for other fights. I don’t know how high I would go. I have fought at heavier weights in boxing. It kind of changes things with MMA, because there’s wrestling. Boxing, I think, is a little different, because you’re not dealing with somebody’s strength and weight on you as far as wrestling and grappling. But I do feel like I’m a bigger 135er. I don’t know. I guess I would just have to see if whatever would unfold if that was an option… I love Cyborg. She’s awesome. I finally got to get to know her this year. Whatever Cyborg wants to do, I support it. You want to stay at a heavier weight, you don’t want to go to 140? Whatever she wants to do, I’m all about it. I haven’t really thought about it too much.”

-During a media scrum ahead of UFC 194, UFC Bantamweight Champ Holly Holm talks about her willingness to move up to face Cris “Cyborg” Justino in the future should that be an option (via MMAFighting.com).

Penick’s Analysis: It’s a very different approach to that potential fight than what we’d seen time and again from Ronda Rousey and the UFC, though I still don’t think the organization’s interested in putting on a catchweight fight just for Cyborg. Still, Holm’s willingness to take that fight keeps it as a possibility, however slight, and it’s encouraging for Cyborg’s camp for some further exposure in the UFC.

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