The UFC’s hopes of putting on a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino and Holly Holm next appear to have hit a stumbling block.
With her current contract about to expire, ‘Cyborg’ was all set to meet with the UFC brass next week to discuss her next fight, but it seems that’s no longer the case according to the Brazilian star.
“My meeting with the UFC for next week has been canceled,” ‘Cyborg’ wrote on Twitter. “They want to pay me less to fight Holly Holm than I made to fight Tonya Evinger.”
‘Cyborg’ was third on the bill for her UFC 214 fight with Evenger back in July, where she notched up a third round TKO victory, and took home a basic salary of $200,000 that night.
However, at this stage it’s not clear whether Justino’s complaint pertains to that basic salary, or if it hinges on any undisclosed pay-per-view points she may have.
It’s also unclear what event the promotion were targetting for the Cyborg Vs Holm fight, though the most obvious landing point would be UFC 219, which takes place in Las Vegas on December 30th and doesn’t currently have either a main or co-main event booked so far.
The UFC and ‘Cyborg’ have had an uncomfortably frosty relationship for a long time now, so this is nothing new, though Dana White had appeared to be making more of an effort to appease the 145lb champ over the summer, telling the media prior to UFC 214 that, “we’ve made some mistakes when it comes to Cyborg.”
At the time the two parties seemed to finally have found some common ground, but alas it seems that truce may have been short-lived, putting ‘Cyborg’s’ future in the UFC in doubt once again.