After a testy meeting over the weekend with her manager, the UFC is no longer interested in signing former world champion boxer and up-and-coming mixed martial artist Holly Holm to their organization, according to a report on Wednesday.
UFC President Dana White told UFC Tonight that negotiations with Holm’s manager were sour, and have resulted in the UFC’s disinterest in signing the fighter to a deal that would see her compete in the company’s bantamweight division.
“Not good at all,” White said of the meeting with Holm’s representation, according to the FOX Sports 1 program. “We’re not interested anymore.”
Rumors circulated recently when UFC commentator Joe Rogan said on a local Los Angeles radio station that a huge announcement regarding women’s MMA will be made soon. Speculation ran about Carano or Cyborg being UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey’s next opponent. White, however, shot down those rumors in subsequent interviews.
White revealed last week that Carano is still technically signed to the company through her old Strikeforce contract, a deal that was acquired by the UFC when their parent company, Zuffa LLC, purchased the organization in 2011.
Justino, who also fought in Strikeforce, has been in numerous discussions with UFC officials since 2011 about signing to fight for company, but a deal has never come to fruition.
Rousey recently defeated Sara McMann at UFC 170 last month. She is without an opponent for her next fight.
Holm is currently lined up to fight Juliana Werner at Legacy FC 30 on April 4.
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