“[I didn’t accept the fight at UFC 198 because] I was just kind of holding on to see if I could get the rematch for the belt. I’m not against fighting Cyborg. It just didn’t seem like the right time… In boxing, I fought in three weight classes. I’m not gonna say that I’m against going at 140 [lbs]. I actually think Cyborg might be able to do 135 [lbs]. Who knows? But that’s definitely something that could be an option for the future. I’m actually really happy for her victory. I really like Cyborg. I think she’s a great gal.”
-Holly Holm talks to Dave Ross of 120 Sports about why she didn’t accept a fight with Cris “Cyborg” Justino at UFC 198, but why she’s open to that fight in the future (transcribed by MMAFighting.com).
Penick’s Analysis: Holm was trying to angle for the UFC 200 rematch with Miesha Tate, so she didn’t want to take a different fight if that was a possibility. That’s understandable enough. Now, Cyborg says the only 140 lb. fights she wants to take are against Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey, but Holm also fought higher than the 145 lb. limit in the past, so she’d be an option at featherweight if that’s something she’d consider.
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I don’t understand why people are talking trash about ronda rousey, just because she loses a fight doesn’t give the fans the right to turn on her. Let’s not forget that rousey started women’s fighting and is a true icon. Holly holm lost the title on her defense, rousey had 7 successful title defenses before she lossed so, if anything rousey has accomplished a lot more than holm. Holm got lucky when she defeated rousey, i laughed my fucking ass off when holm lossed to tate. Holly holm is beatable and so is cyborg, they both talk way too much fucking shit. Holm, cyborg, tate and nunes need to shut the fuck up. Holm’s face looks like a shitsu, cyborg looks like a fucking bull dyke, tate looks like she’s been whipped with an ugly stick and nunes looks like a walking disease.