Top female bantamweight Holly Holm (7-0), fresh off her sensational, head-kick knockout win against Juliana Werner on April 4, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is right there alongside Cristiane Justino as the hottest female free agent in combat sports.
Sold to the highest bidder?
Maybe not. Coach Mike Winkeljohn revealed that World Series of Fighting (WSOF) has actually put in a higher offer than Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), who entertained Holm's manager back in March, but "The Preacher's Daughter" is holding out for a potential Ronda Rousey fight.
Wink breaks it down for Submission Radio:
"Holly's there, she will beat Ronda Rousey if Ronda's still champ after Holly’s been in the UFC for a couple of fights. I want a couple more tune up fights. Holly’s on the fact track working on her grappling, she's getting very good at it, but I want the confidence for Holly to be there in every position so that she can let her hands and let her feet go without the worry of the clinching and getting tossed in different positions. There's amazing ways to make money out there and being in the UFC is probably the best avenue to make money off sponsors and different things she can do, she's very talented at things. The UFC is where we wanna be and the numbers have come up behind the scenes, there's no doubt about it. We're trying to work something out right now and I definitely see Holly signing with the UFC. World Series of Fighting has offered her more money. A lot of people have started to offer her more money, that I'll let her manager talk about. All the numbers have, basically a little bidding war has begun and we're quite excited about it, but we want the UFC."
Holm wants UFC ... but does UFC want Holm?
Not according to UFC President Dana White, who
closed slammed the book on negotiations after Holm's manager, Lenny Fresquez, said (or did) something to get the Las Vegas fight boss hot under the collar. The last we heard from Dana, he was "not interested whatsoever."
The good news is, there is always Plan B. Or in this case, Plan F. When talent fail to put pen to paper thanks to a poor relationship with White, UFC head cheese Lorenzo Fertitta has been known to mend fences -- in certain situations -- if it's best for business.
Is this one of those times?