Nunes: Everyone Wants Me vs. Cyborg
UFC President Dana White and UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg have both put in their thoughts of the potential, anticipated meeting between Cyborg and UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes.
In previous respective statements to the media, White said the plan is for Nunes to step up a weight class and be the next challenger to Cyborg. Cyborg, however, disagreed and said she wants to fight against someone who is a true 145-pound competitor, such as Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Megan Anderson.
Nunes, however, has taken to Twitter to give her opinion on the matter. And while she has previously been one against fighting Cyborg, the UFC bantamweight champion now says it’s the fight everyone wants to see.
First of all, I have nothing personal against @criscyborg I do believe it is the fight that everyone wants to see and a fight where we can both leave our marks on this sport.
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 6, 2018
Cyborg defended her women’s featherweight title successfully against former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm at UFC 219 back on Dec. 30. It was Cyborg’s first defense since winning the title at UFC 214 back in July, when she defeated former Invicta Bantamweight Champion Tonya Evinger. Both Holm and Evinger stepped up in weight.
Nunes last defended the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title in September at UFC 215, defeating Valentina Shevchenko by a controversial split decision. Nunes has won six straight and, since winning the title from Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in July 2016, made successful title defenses against Shevchenko last month and Ronda Rousey in December 2016.
Cyborg had stated after her UFC 219 win that despite her wishes, she’d fight Nunes next if it was what White wants. However, Cyborg responded to Nunes’ tweet by tweeting that she wishes to fight someone with a win at 145 within the last year.
I will fight the #1 contender available with a win at 145 in the last year next. My mark on the sport will be opening doors for all women
— #CyborgNation (@criscyborg) January 6, 2018