After a brief financial disagreement, a much-anticipated women’s Featherweight title fight was confirmed to go down at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, as Cristiane Justino will defend her strap against Holly Holm in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With a win over Holm, Justino — if she hasn’t already -- will secure her title as the best female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter of all time. This, despite the fact that “Cyborg” never had the opportunity to face off against another former dominant champion in Ronda Rousey.
And that’s okay, says Justino, because once she defeats Holm, she’ll be getting a victory over “Rowdy,” as well.
“All the fights in my career are important and having a lot of fights is special to me. Fighting Gina Carano, my first fight at 145. I think each fight is a challenge for me and I think when I fight Holly and beat Holly, I am going to beat Ronda at the same time,” Justino said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour.
“That means a lot for me because everyone who follows my career knows I did a lot to make that fight happen and it didn’t happen. Now I have the opportunity to fight Holly and I feel very blessed about it.”
So why exactly does Justino feel that way? It’s simple: Beating the fighter who stopped Rousey gives her double the wins since she never had her shot against the former 135-pound champion.
“I think if I beat Holly I will beat Ronda the same day. I feel like that because Holly fought Ronda and when that fight happened, Dana said if Ronda beat Holly next fight would be Cyborg,” she added. “Then Holly stopped Ronda before that, she beat Ronda and it’s simple to think about it. It’s simple, she beat Ronda and I never had the opportunity to fight Ronda. So I think I am going to beat both the same night.”
Taking MMA math to a whole other level.
As far as Cyborg getting the opportunity to really defeat “Rowdy” down the line, it seems that ship has sailed for good.