Mike Winkeljohn, the striking coach for former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm, believes Holm could defeat UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.
During a recent interview with Submission Radio, Winkeljohn said Holm would pick apart “Cyborg” inside 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.
“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.”
“Cyborg” recently won the vacant UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship by defeating Tonya Evinger by TKO at UFC 214.
Since winning the title, Justino has called out Holm on numerous occasions. Holm is coming off a knockout win over Bethe Correia, and if she decides to move up in weight, she would be a top contender for the title.