Last week, the UFC announced that February 11th would kick off their new women's featherweight division with a title fight between former bantamweight champion Holly Holm and kickboxer Germaine De Randamie.
However, the one big exclusion from the announcement is Cris Cyborg.
When pressed on the issue of Cyborg’s absence at the UFC on FOX 22 post-fight conference, Holly Holm seemed unfazed. Instead the “Preachers Daughter” wanted to capitalise on the opportunities that were being presented to her.
Not at all, hey Holly do you wanna fight Germaine de Randamie at 145? Ok, that’s as far as I saw it. I do want to take advantage of opportunities that are giving to me. Right now I feel like I have everything to prove. I’m coming off of two losses and I’m ready to get in there and do whatever it takes whether it’s at 145 or 135, I’m just ready to make a statement again.
Of course, Cyborg and the UFC have never really seen eye to eye. Although initially offered the title fight, Cyborg was unable to make weight following her harsh weight cut prior to her last UFC outing. Instead of waiting for her body to recover, UFC president Dana White went ahead and booked a fight in her place.
A win over Germaine de Randamie would not only break Holly Holm’s two-fight skid, but also make her a two-weight UFC champion. The opportunity is too good to turn down, and there is already talk of a super fight rematch between her and Ronda Rousey if the latter returns to winning ways over Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
Regardless of who wins the inaugural 145 belt at UFC 208, one thing's for sure — they can only run for so long against Cyborg, especially now she is in the UFC. Featherweight is her division, and it's only a matter of time before she makes her entrance.