Instead, the promotion put former bantamweight champion Holly Holm against Germaine de Randamie in a title fight at UFC 208 to crown the first ever champion at 145 pounds.
Cris "Cyborg" Justino has reacted angrily to being left out of the UFC's inaugural women's featherweight title showdown and has accused company boss Dana White of lacking respect. Will the UFC offer her a bout in the interim?
Founder of MyMMANews.com - After writing for Ultimate MMA magazine and serving as the editor for U.S. Combat Sports, both of which went on hiatus, I made a decision to venture out on my own and enlist a staff of writers and photographers that could help me achieve my goal of telling stories that would otherwise go untold. Justino later stated she was appreciative of the UFC's decision to add the weight class but that she needed more time to recover from a hard weight cut in September. She declined, but only because she wanted the fight to be pushed back until March to give her body time to rest following a brutal weight cut in September.
"That's really the dream", she told ESPN on Wednesday. A broken thumb suffered in that fight kept Holm out of action the remainder of this year. With everything I've got going on in my life, the last thing I'm thinking is, 'Hey, let's get together and disrespect Cyborg'. But, the world's No. 1 women's featherweight - Invicta FC featherweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino (17-1-0, 1 NC) - is on the outside looking in. It was the first time Holm lost back-to-back fights in her MMA career. "We said we'd meet her at 140 pounds; that's where her last two fights took place. I can vote. I can participate more", said Cyborg. I'm a little small at 145, but I know I can compete. She lost her next match to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 - McGregor vs. Diaz. "I can promise you I will give it my all to bring that belt back home!"