Most fighters appear to be reluctant to face off against Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino at all in the UFC, but ahead of her featherweight title challenge at UFC 219, Holly Holm is already talking about her willingness to have an immediate rematch with the Brazilian star if she emerges victorious on December 30th in Las Vegas.
As Holm points out, she offered to give Ronda Rousey an immediate rematch after shocking the world by defeating her to win the bantamweight title back in 2015, and though the fight didn’t come to fruition on that occasion, ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ wouldn’t hesitate to do the same for ‘Cyborg’.
“With Ronda, I was open to the rematch as well,” Holm said during the UFC 219 conference call. “It’s just, they didn’t know how long or when she would come back, or when she would want to, and that’s when I said, ‘Well, I don’t want to just wait around. I’ll wait if you can tell me that it’s going to be within six months or whatever,’ but I didn’t want to just be waiting around for that one fight. I wanted to be able to fight and train and live out my passion. I didn’t want it to just be based on just one fighter.
“So, I think that situation was different. If that was to happen in this fight, of course I would say yes. I think anybody deserves a rematch. I think that’s just the name of the game. That’s the fighting spirit, and I would definitely be open to that. I feel like Cris is definitely a competitive person as well and trains hard, and I feel like the situation after the fight would be a little bit different anyway. I don’t think that Cris would want to sit aside for a year or however long.”