Negotiations with the UFC for a Holly Holm-Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino fight have broken down, Holm’s agent says, and the two will not meet on Dec. 30 as had been hoped.
The story was first reported by mmafighting.com.
Albuquerque’s Lenny Fresquez told the Journal said the Albuquerque southpaw will take the rest of the year off.
“We’ll let her enjoy the holidays for once and spend time with her family,” Fresquez said.
He said he still would like to arrange a Holm-Cyborg fight, but that the money must be right.
“It’s the biggest fight that can be made in the women’s division, no doubt, without question,” he said. It’s his job as Holm’s representative, he said, “to get them to treat her fairly.”
Holm also could opt to return to the bantamweight division, in which she’s a former champion, rather than wait for a featherweight title fight with Cyborg.
“Our contracted weight is to fight at 135,” he said. “Our going up to featherweight was out of contract, a special thing, and I wanted a special deal.”
UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, who last fought in September, has no fight scheduled. A projected title defense against Raquel Pennington had to be scrubbed after Pennington suffered a broken leg.
In any case, Fresquez said, Holm will not fight for at least eight weeks.
Later Wednesday, George Prajin, Cyborg’s manager, told mmajunkie.com that his fighter had agreed to fight Holm and that he believed Holm was deliberately pricing herself out of the fight.