Former pro boxer and regional mixed martial arts (MMA) wrecking ball Holly Holm refuses to discuss the "stressful" situation regarding her contract negotiations with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
So coach Mike Winkeljohn will do it for her.
"The Preacher's Daughter" can say goodbye to a career inside the Octagon, according to UFC President Dana White, after her manager, Lenny Fresquez, rubbed the UFC brass the wrong way (see why here).
But Holm is expected to give it another try with a victory in her Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC) headliner against Julianna Werner later tonight (April 4, 2014) inside Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. And if UFC tells her to pound sand, then it's time for Plan C.
As in "Cyborg," according to MMA Fighting:
Mike Winkeljohn, Holm's trainer of 16 years, said the plan was to have Cris Cyborg, another high-profile free agent, attend Friday night's fight, however, those plans changed following Cyborg's Muay Thai loss last week. He added that there have been preliminary talks to stage a Holm vs. Cyborg pay-per-view fight in the near future, should the UFC deal not come to fruition.
"Why do you think people tune in to boxing?" Winkeljohn said when asked if a Holm vs. Cyborg stand-alone pay-per-view could be successful. "Names. Not because Bob Arum or Don King was throwing a fight, it was all because [Mike] Tyson was fighting."
Winkeljohn said Team Holm will try a new approach at the UFC bargaining table, drawing on Holm's marketability outside the cage as well as inside it. Specifically mentioning a spot in the broadcast booth for FOX, Winkeljohn believes his star female fighter can make a living without relying on a "dumb little paycheck" from UFC.
First she has to beat Werner, and as we saw last weekend in "Sin City," there are no absolutes in the fight game.