UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino won the title when she finished Tonya Evinger with strikes at UFC 214.
The champion would then call out former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm for a fight at UFC 219.
However, the longtime coach of Holm in Mike Winklejohn says that Holm can pick apart Cyborg if they were to meet in the Octagon.
“I think Holly can pick her apart. There’s no doubt about that. What people don’t understand is how strong Holly is too in the clinch, on her feet and moving and stuff. Cris is definitely going to try to do most of her damage by pushing her back against the cage. You know, good luck keeping Holly there and backing her up, coming in that hard,” Winklejohn said on Submission Radio.
Holm did compete to become the first ever UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion at UFC 208, but fell short to Germaine De Randamie.
Winklejohn knows that Cyborg has a lot of strength, but still believes that Holm can wear her down.
“But yeah, Cris is really strong, but I think Holly wears her down and is able to stop her. You look at Holly’s knockout percentage, I think her and Amanda Nunes are the biggest out there. She stops all of her fights, everybody else other than ‘Cyborg.’ So Holly has the power to stop ‘Cyborg’ just like ‘Cyborg’ has the power. The difference is Holly’s got speed and her footwork,” says Winklejohn.
Despite receiving the challenge from Cyborg, the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion has yet to respond.