Holly Holm Wants Cris Cyborg If Ronda Rousey Doesn’t Return

By Staff  |  02/25/2016

Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg

The general consensus is that current UFC women's champ Holly Holm will take on Ronda Rousey in a rematch, if she defeats Miesha Tate at UFC 196 in March.

Most expect her to win, and if she does, Rousey is widely expected to be the next in line. But... if for some reason, Ronda doesn't return to the UFC, Holm is making contingency plans.

According to the L.A. Times, Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez has proposed that they fight Rousey's longtime nemesis/Invicta 145-pound champ Cris Cyborg at a 140-pound catchweight. However, he says the UFC hasn't given them a firm response.

Fresquez is also highly skeptical that Rousey even wants a rematch with Holm. "That's my theory," he tells the paper. "I hope I'm wrong. I haven't been wrong yet... That's why I offered the [Cyborg] fight at 140. We'd take that fight if Ronda needs more time to make up her mind."

UFC president Dana White tells the Times that he doesn't talk to Rousey on a daily basis, as she continues her business outside the UFC -- she's due to star in a remake of the Patrick Swayze film Roadhouse.

"I'm just leaving her alone," White said. "We talk once a week, I'm letting her do her thing. That woman worked her ... off [for the UFC] for three and a half years, I'm just letting her have a break here."

Rousey, herself, has maintained that she wants the rematch.