Holly Holm vs. Cris “Cyborg” Justino almost came to pass inside the Octagon.
However, Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, opted to pass on the bout when UFC officials presented it to him in hopes of an immediate rematch with bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.
“We were not interested in that right now,” Fresquez told the Albuquerque Journal recently. “(Holm) just wants to fight Miesha.”
Fresquez added in the interview that he “made her wishes known” to UFC officials. Holm lost the title earlier this year to Tate via fifth round submission.
Cyborg, a long-time featherweight champion, will face Leslie Smith at UFC 197 at a catchweight of 140 pounds.