Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s featherweight champion Cristiane Justino is so good, that even her lopsided, technical knockout wins are subject to intense scrutiny when they fail to end within the first 30 seconds.
That’s probably why Coach Mike Winkeljohn believes “Cyborg” got “exposed” by Tonya Evinger at the UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) event last month in Anaheim, Calif., where “Triple Threat” managed to stay in the fight into the third round of their five-round tilt.
And according to his conversation with Submission Radio, that’s just not going to cut it against a fighter like Holly Holm, who continues to flip-flop between the bantamweight and featherweight divisions.
“You know, Cris, she showed that she could do some more rounds. I wasn’t sure about her conditioning after her weight cut, but there’s some holes in her game, there’s no doubt. I think Evinger showed a lot of that and she exposed her in many ways. I think Holly can pick her apart. There’s no doubt about that. What people don’t understand is how strong Holly is too in the clinch, on her feet and moving and stuff. But yeah, Cris is really strong, but I think Holly wears her down and is able to stop her. You look at Holly’s knockout percentage, I think her and Amanda Nunes are the biggest out there. She stops all of her fights, everybody else other than Cyborg. So Holly has the power to stop Cyborg just like Cyborg has the power, the difference is Holly’s got speed and her footwork.”
Justino (18-1, 1 NC) ended 13 straight fights by way of knockout while Holm (11-3) is just 1-3 since wasting Ronda Rousey in late 2015.
Now that “Cyborg” has claimed the vacant featherweight strap, which became available when Germaine de Randamie skipped town, the promotion will try to find a new contender for the power-punching Brazilian.
Whether or not that honor goes to “The Preacher’s Daughter,” who failed to capture the crown from the aforementioned “Iron Lady” earlier this year, is unclear at this time, though it certainly helps that she’s pretty much the only viable contender at 145 pounds.
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