Cyborg Responds to Claim She Rejected Nunes Rematch

Cris Cyborg is refuting claims from UFC President Dana White that she rejected a rematch with Amanda Nunes, and she is urging the UFC to work with her towards a new deal.

In a new social media post, Cyborg plays a portion of a video interview with White in which he claims Nunes wants to have a rematch with Cyborg but Cyborg turned it down. In response, Cyborg pauses the video and turns to the camera, channeling her inner Khabib Nurmagomedov as she calls White’s response “No. 1 [expletive].”

“UFC never gonna give me the rematch if [I don’t] sign [a] new deal,” Cyborg said. “This is No. 1 [expletive].”

Nunes knocked out Cyborg in a 51-second upset at UFC 232 this past December to win the UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship and become the UFC’s first female fighter to both win titles in two divisions and hold them simultaneously. At the event’s post-fight press conference, both White and Nunes stated they felt Cyborg did not deserve an immediate rematch based on how dominant Nunes was in the title fight, to which, of course, Cyborg disagreed.

Cyborg returns to the Octagon in the co-main event of UFC 240 next month, as she takes on the unbeaten Felicia Spencer. This is the last fight on Cyborg’s current UFC contract, and the former featherweight champion of the UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta has claimed she will explore all options in free agency and negotiate with rival promotions.

Nunes will compete for the first time since UFC 232 next week at UFC 239, defending the UFC  Women’s Bantamweight Championship against former champion Holly Holm in the co-main event.

Original Story: MMAFighting

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