Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Former three-division boxing champion, Holly Holm, was in the cross hairs of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) this past weekend, a potential high-profile free agent acquisition who could soon challenge undefeated women's Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey.
Unfortunately, behind-the-scenes negotiations didn't go too well.
In fact, company president Dana White revealed (via FOXSports.com) that the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion is "not interested whatsoever" in Holm thanks to her manager, Lenny Fresquez.
Fresquez, remember, declared shortly after initial negotiations wrapped that "offers went back and forth," but ultimately he wanted to ensure that his client would get "paid" to fight Rousey, which would suggest that UFC balked at his salary demand.
In addition, and perhaps most damaging, Fresquez revealed that UFC was leveraging possible fights against Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino and/or Gina Carano, sensitive information that was likely supposed to remain private.
And if White is to be believed, he also confirmed that UFC is currently "not in negotiations" with Carano, which would leave "Cyborg" as the last woman standing of the trio; however, the Brazilian bomber has had a tumultuous relationship with the organization since Strikeforce folded and has never made 135 pounds.
Then again, never say never.
UFC has not announced a possible return date for Rousey, who is fresh off a first round knockout of Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170, which took place last month in Las Vegas, Nevada. But, she will likely be needed to anchor UFC 175, the promotion's annual blockbuster Fourth of July weekend event that is currently missing a proven headliner.
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