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Holly Holm Open To Face Cris Justino At 145 Pounds

Holly Holm Open To Face Cris Justino At 145 Pounds
24/8/2017

Former Bantam Weight Champion Holly Holm has expressed interest in the fight with Cris "Cyborg" Justino on the 30th Dec. 

Holm (11-3) has been mostly quiet through out the speculation of fighting Cris "Cyborg" Justino(18-1) come Dec 30th in Las Vegas despite the interest of UFC President Dana White and the insistent urge Cyborg to have her move up the weight, the prospect of it being a big Match up for the UFC.

"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."
She said the time to make the bout weight is perfect for her, when asked if she liked the idea of moving up the weight.

"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."

That said, Holm isn't ruling out a move up. She's also a candidate to face the winner of a Sept. 9 bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko, but acknowledges it's the Justino fight that has people talking.

Moving up the weight, isn't a restriction for Holm but she can't really understand why Justino can't make it down to 135 weight but this has been well documented by the UFC, which instigated the move to create a new weight class.

Holm has another fight, she would love to fight. Facing the winner of the Sept. 9th bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko but says it's her fight with Justino that makes more headlines.

That said, Holm isn't ruling out a move up. She's also a candidate to face the winner of a Sept. 9 bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko, but acknowledges it's the Justino fight that has people talking.

"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."

Holm who is now 35, faces a great challenge of moving up weight to face, Justino and if she succeeds to defeat "the Cyborg", She will have a bigger success story in Female combat to add to her Numerous titles in different sports.
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