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After UFC champ Cris Cyborg points to drug testing, Holly Holm points to scoreboard


When it comes to UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, potential next opponent Holly Holm just wants to get real for a moment.

Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who recently won the belt with a TKO victory over Tonya Evinger in July, could next face former women’s bantamweight champion and longtime pro boxer Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC). The bout could be part of the year-end UFC 219 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.

Cyborg’s longtime manager, George Prajin, recently told MMAjunkie he’s in daily discussions with UFC officials while looking for the right deal to lock up the champ and the fight (Holm’s camp is also looking for the right deal). Additionally, on the 32-year-old Brazilian slugger’s social media accounts, Cyborg seems to know Holm is likely next. But early this morning, she took aim at drug testing – and Holm’s longtime home at Jackson-Wink MMA – ahead of the likely title fight (via Twitter):

Holm responded via an Instagram video, mostly to address Cyborg’s suggestion the champ has been tested a disproportionate number of times.

“So apparently there was a little bit of drama today because USADA went to Cyborg’s house,” 35-year-old Holm says in the video. “And I know I’ve been a topic of interest a lot on her social media, and I don’t mind. Fighters (are) trying to promote and hype fights, and that’s fine.

“But let’s be real for a minute.”

Holm then pointed to the scoreboard – not to remind followers that Cyborg has a less-than-perfect drug-testing past, but simply to give the champion a reminder: Holm has actually been tested more than Cyborg (nine times to eight) this year.

You can see for yourself on USADA.org.

“She said she’s being tested by USADA and wants me to be tested just as much, and she probably should have looked at the public records on the USADA webpage and seen I’ve been tested nine times compared to her eight,” Holm says. “I’m in no race, and I really don’t care. I just know I can complete clean, and they can test me all the time. So, I just never needed an applause for passing my tests.

“In the mean time, I’ll just spend my time training, and she can spend her time complaining and making false accusations and false memes.”

Here’s the full video (via Instagram):

I've actually just wasted a minute of my life on this video.

A post shared by Holly Holm (@hollyholm) on

If they finally meet, Cyborg would be looking for her first UFC title defense and 19th consecutive victory going back to 2005. Holm, meanwhile, recently halted a three-fight skid with a dazzling head-kick knockout of bantamweight Bethe Correia in June.

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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