Cyborg Vents On Nunes And Featherweight Division
UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg claims the only way she will fight bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, is as part of a major UFC card.
Cyborg, citing the poor buy rate of Nunes defense at UFC 215 against Valentina Shevchenko, believes that Nunes won’t be able to hold up her end of the bargain.
“I want to fight her on a big event, big card,” Cyborg said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
“Big card that can sell pay-per-views. Amanda, she did almost 100,000 PPV. She’s not changing my career at 145 or anything beating her, and she don’t sell pay-per-view. Okay, ‘superfight,’ she’s not [Conor] McGregor.”
While Nunes has won six straight fights in the UFC, Cyborg says that Nunes doesn’t merit a title shot.
“I don’t think Amanda is a big draw,” Cyborg said.
“One thing when I was world champ in Strikeforce, Amanda start training, start punching bag. They say [she was] supposed to fight 145, no. Amanda never could get close to fight for the belt at 145 in Strikeforce. Alex Davis beat her, TKO, Cat Zingano beat her. She’s had a lot of fights she’s supposed to do now, but, what has she done at 145?”
Still, Cyborg’s first preference is to defend her title against a worthy opponent at 145 pounds.
“I don’t have any problem fighting her,” Cyborg said.
“But I want the UFC to invest in my division. I don’t want to only be the champ who only beat all the girls at 135. I don’t want to retire, and then I don’t see my division in the UFC because they say I don’t have the girls. I have my job, I make 140 catchweight now [featherweight]. I think I did a lot for my division. My division is my story. I owe it to my division. I can fight Amanda, I think Amanda can have that opportunity for sure, but continue somebody from 145, I think deserves the opportunity first to her.”
Cyborg is frustrated with the lack of additions to the UFC’s women’s featherweight division, while rival Bellator is cornering the market on women at 145.
“The belt, 145 pounds, one year they have the belt. But you don’t see any girls fighting at 145 pounds in the division. Just to see girls fight for the belt, 145. They know I want to do this for me, they say ‘we don’t have the girls.’ They have girls. Bellator [is] signing girls 145 pounds every week. Every week girls are going to sign with Bellator. Bellator make my division very strong. Going to be big division, my division, in Bellator. This make me sad because I’m in the UFC, but I don’t have all the girls to fight. I can do superfight, but my goal is to make the division grow. … I have three fights left, and then I’m going to be where I have to be.”