Cyborg On Nunes Waiting Until December
Looking at the prospect of only fight twice in 2018, UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, has called out Amanda Nunes for wanting to push back the date of a superfight between the two.
”Amanda has talked a bunch of stuff, saying she couldn’t fight, that she was injured and would take her six months to recover,” Cyborg told MMA Fighting. “She challenged me in January and said she’s injured and needs some time. Ok, fine, but I’m a champion in my division and I’m always fighting.
”She’s used to fighting only once a year, but I’m ready to fight now. It’s been four months since my last fight, and I’m ready. There’s no excuse. ‘Oh, but there aren’t opponents for you.’ There are. If you look out there, there are. I’ve always fought in Invicta and always had opponents.”
Nunes made claims to Combate that due to work she is unable to fight at September’s UFC 228 card, Cyborg isn’t buying it.
”If you watch her interviews, it’s like she’s going out on vacation,” Cyborg said. “My job is fighting. I want to fight. I don’t want to stay out for almost a year in my prime. I think it’s disrespectful. … Dana (White) took Colby Covington’s belt. He won that belt two months ago and was stripped because (Tyron) Woodley wants to fight and he’s injured. How about me, who wants to fight? She challenged me six months ago and still needs six months? She said she’s going to travel with her girlfriend. No problem with that, but I’m ready to fight. A champion must be ready at all times. I want to fight now, and when she’s ready we can fight.”
”With my fans helping me, I think I can fight sooner. It’s not fair to have me sidelined in my prime because Amanda wants to go out on vacation. I’m the champion for 10 years, before the UFC had women fighting. I’m the champion and that’s how I make a living. We only get paid when we fight, and I’ll stay out for almost a year waiting for Amanda.”
When asked if Nunes would be Cyborg’s biggest challenge to date, the UFC champion wasn’t so sure.
”I don’t think so,” Cyborg said. “I saw her last fight in Brazil, with Raquel Pennington. Raquel was out for two years and I thought Amanda would do a different fight. I don’t know. She can surprise, we don’t know, but based on what I saw in her last fight, I don’t see much. She has the quality for that, to put on a great fight, and that’s what I hope for.”
”Amanda has many qualities, has beaten a lot of girls, but she hasn’t fought a girl like me,” she continued. “In fact, she used to fight in my weight class and didn’t have much success. If she had success we would have fought already, right? Moving up [in weight], I believe it’s a tough fight because she like to move forward, but I see that Amanda doesn’t handle pressure. She puts pressure, but can’t handle the pressure back.
Initial Report: MMA Fighting