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Cris Cyborg challenges Holly Holm for December fight

Brazil's Cristiane Justino celebrates after defeating Sweden's Lina Lansberg during a UFC Fight Night mixed martial arts bout in Brasilia, Brazil, early Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

The newly crowned UFC featherweight champion has a particular opponent and date in mind with regards to her next fight. Cris “Cyborg” Justino is targeting former bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

Justino called out Holm following her triumph at Tonya Evinger on July 29. Now, the UFC’s top featherweight — and one of its premier stars — wants to face Holm at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas for the 145-pound belt.

A Justino Instagram post names the December date and Holm as her preferred opposition, even Photoshopping a faceoff picture of herself and Holm.

The Brazilian dynamo has not lost a fight since her professional debut in 2005. Since joining the UFC, Cyborg is 3-0 with three TKOs. An argument could be made Holm doesn’t deserve such a fight, the 35-year-old having lost three of her past four fights and all, but Justino seems to have a promotional angle in mind.

Justino spent years as a non-UFC fighter whom many called on to face Ronda Rousey. Holm was the first to dethrone Rousey from her previously unassailable perch atop the sport, knocking her out in a 2015 bantamweight title fight.

The 31-year-old Justino is now 18-1 with 16 knockouts. She is now the champion in a new weight class for the UFC but could use a high-profile opponent at this weight. Holm (11-3) lost to Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie, but the American has been a main-event attraction for several of UFC’s pay-per-views. She also was part of main events on two other lower-tier cards recently, helping to create a case for this fight. Justino has only been in one main-event fight since joining the UFC, and it didn’t come on one of the company’s top PPVs.

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