MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Cris Cyborg calls out Holly Holm for UFC 219 championship fight
UFC women's featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino called out former bantamweight champion Holly Holm on Tuesday in an Instagram post, where she stated her desire to fight the former women's bantamweight champ on December 30th at UFC 219 in Las Vegas.
#CyborgNation I just called my manager @primetime360esm and told him I want to fight @hollyholm #UFC219 in LAS VEGAS #CyborgVHolm if you want to see this fight New Years now is the time to send your messages to the @ufc @danawhite ?????????????????????????????????????????? Brasil quero lutar contra a lutadora que venceu a Ronda, no Ano Novo em Las Vegas! Envie suas mensagens para o @ufc_brasil e diga que deseja #cyborgnation em #ufc219
Justino (18-1 NC) captured the vacant women's featherweight title at UFC 214, where she defeated Tonya Evinger via third-round TKO. The 32-year-old hasn't lost a fight since 2005. Holm (11-3) snapped her three-fight losing streak in her last fight, taking out Bethe Correia by third-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 111. The Jackson/Winklejohn product previously fought at featherweight in January, losing via unanimous decision to Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208. Stay tuned to MMAOddsBreaker.com as more news develops on this potential matchup.
Rob Wilkinson replaces Abu Azaitar against Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC Fight Night 115
Rob Wilkinson will now face Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC Fight Night 115 on September 2nd at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Original opponent Abu Azaitar has been pulled off the card.
Wilkinson (11-0) competes for the first time since October 2016 and will be making his UFC debut. The 25-year-old boasts 10 stoppage victories in 11 career fights. Bahadurzada (22-6-1) also hasn't fought since March 2016, when he upset Brandon Thatch with a third-round submission at UFC 196. "The Great" will be looking for his first two-fight win streak since 2012.
Here's an updated look at the card...
Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson
Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards
Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Saparbek Safarov
Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Islam Makhachev vs. Michel Prazeres
Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
Nick Hein vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic
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