Former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm recently spoke to ESPN and said that she would be open to switching weight classes and fighting Cris "Cyborg" Justino for the Women's Featherweight Championship, possibly on December 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Holm gave the following statement to ESPN:
"This is me publicly saying, 'Yes, I am open to the fight at 145 [pounds],'" Holm said. "[But] I'm not going to take a fight at 135 pounds one month, and then the next month it's, 'Oh hey, do you want to fight Cyborg at 145?'
"This is me going outside of my weight class and that's OK. I'm willing to take the fight. I just want to have a full training camp."
"My [UFC] contract is at 135 pounds," Holm said. "So, if they came with a fight like that, I would say, 'Let's negotiate.'
"I truly feel that is one of, if not the biggest, female fights they can promote. I'm not in it for the priority of money, but I value myself. My biggest passion is about the fight itself, but this is my career and anybody looking out for their career is looking at the facts. This is a huge fight and I'm sure everybody around it, the promotion, is going to make money. So, I would expect more money."
"I've had no fight presented to me," Holm said. "[But] obviously, there are talks.
"I know she kind of gets upset that a lot of people are dodging her -- but there are two ways to look at it. Is everybody dodging her, or is she dodging everybody in the 135-pound division? I could go and call out the entire 125-pound division.
"She's made 140 pounds. What's five [more] pounds? If she really, really, really wanted to -- yes, I 100 percent think Cyborg can make 135. She's my exact height."
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