Cris Cyborg, Potential Next Opponent Already Calling Each Other Out After Win Over Holly Holm

Bryan Brandom
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Holly Holm, the former UFC bantamweight champion, bravely slid up a division to take on Cris Cyborg, who’s dominated the featherweight class across multiple promotions for about a decade.

But immediately after dispatching Holm in five rounds at UFC 219 on Saturday night for her first title defense in the promotion, Cyborg revealed she hopes to fight a natural featherweight next, offering the name of Invicta champ Megan Anderson.

“I want to fight somebody at 145, maybe Megan Anderson. Maybe we can fight in Australia,” Cyborg said. “I have a lot of fans there.”

UFC 221 will be held in Perth, Australia, Anderson’s home country.

Soon after Cyborg won via decision, 49-46, 48-47, and 48-47, Anderson hopped onto Twitter to call Cyborg out while noting Holm isn’t a “legit featherweight.”

The UFC essentially carved out a featherweight division to accommodate Cyborg. After two catchweight bouts in the promotion, she was meant to meet Anderson for the first UFC featherweight title fight at UFC 214 in July.

But two days before the bout, Anderson pulled out due to “some pressing personal reasons.”

The promotion replaced Anderson with veteran Tonya Evinger, whom Cyborg would dispatch for the title. But the Brazilian was understandably disappointed in Anderson’s decision.

“I’m prepared to fight anyone. As for the change in opponent, we can say it’s the result of Megan’s and her manager’s irresponsibility,” Cyborg said. “As for Tonya, she’s a great opponent. She’s been winning her past 10 fights and is an example of how the world rankings should be independent from the UFC’s rankings. It will be a great fight and I believe that, with Tonya, it will be an even more exciting fight for the fans than the fight with Megan.”

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