Since she won the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title in July, Cris Cyborg has been calling for a fight against Holly Holm to be her first title defense. Cyborg specifically wants this fight to take place at UFC 219 this December.
The talks to make the fight, however, had not been smooth-sailing. In October, Cyborg claimed that the UFC “wanted to pay her less” to fight Holm than they did when she fought Tonya Evinger for the title. But these were immediately shut down by her own manager George Prajin, who then asserted that the negotiations were going well.
On Wednesday, MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani reported that the match-up has been declared “dead”, and his source is Holly Holm’s agent Lenny Fresquez.
“Holly was anxiously awaiting the Dec. 30 fight with Cyborg, and had been training for it. But we could not come to financial terms for this featherweight title bout in December. We look forward to meeting her under the right circumstances,” Fresquez was quoted saying.
Helwani’s report also stated that Cyborg still wants to be part of the card, but no possible opponent has been named.
UFC 219 is scheduled to take place on December 30th in Las Vegas.