Cyborg Wants Nunes & Holm/Anderson Winner
While she wanted a superfight with Amanda Nunes at UFC 226, UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg claims she will be patient, and has a new opponent in-front of her.
In an interview with the MMA Hour, Cyborg claimed she will most likely be defending her belt against the winner of the UFC 225 fight between Holly Holm and Megan Anderson, with a fight with Nunes waiting in the wings.
“I’m okay with the plan,” Cyborg said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I was supposed to fight Megan Anderson before Holly, you know? I think I wasn’t going to say anything but me and Megan were supposed to fight before, she was the No. 1 contender in my division, and I fight for my division, and I fight all the girls at 135 the UFC gave me. And the only girl the UFC has at 145, they give to Holly. I really don’t care anymore about this, I just want to fight whoever is going to win.”
The plan to fight Nunes at UFC 226 took a sharp left turn, after Cyborg took a last minute fight at UFC 222,
“After my fight against Holly Holm, I asked for Amanda,” Cyborg said.
“I told the UFC I would like to fight Amanda in July because I was adopting my niece and I need time for her, and it was going to be perfect time in July. Between this, the UFC called me and asked me to fight at UFC 222 on short notice. And I said can you do Amanda and they say the could not get Amanda for UFC 222, And I said okay, maybe I can fight at UFC 222 but I still want to fight in July with Amanda. And they said, ‘Okay, Cris, the fight is going to happen.’”
Cyborg was holding out hope for a fight set at UFC 226, but would end up getting a curve ball thrown at her.
“I said OK, if Amanda is going to fight in July, and fights now in Brazil and gets hurt, how is she going to fight me in July?” Cyborg said. “You guys can put me against Megan Anderson. That fight, if Amanda is hurt, I can fight Megan Anderson. I want to fight July, you guys promised me fight in July. And they say, ‘No, no she’s not going to be hurt, she’s going to be okay.’
“They said for me, Megan Anderson is not going to have her visa ready for July,” Cyborg continued. “And after, three days later, I learn they’re going to fight Holly Holm and Megan Anderson. For my July, if someone is going to get hurt, she cannot fight me. I’m thinking she’s going to fight Amanda in July, this is already my plan, and now she has injury after her fight, the commission give her like six months.”
When asked why she would want to the winner of Anderson and Holm next, Cyborg claimed, “I don’t want to wait.”
“I want to fight and I think this fight Megan Anderson and Holly, they’re already making plans for me and Holly rematch. Because they just took [Alistair] Overeem off the pay-per-view, put him on the preliminaries, and they put Megan Anderson and Holly, the first fight on the PPV with Megan. And I think Dana White wants to get prepared for me and Holly to have a rematch. I’m not going to wait for Amanda from her injury, I’d like to fight who’s going to win the next fight of Holly and Megan, and then it can be the last fight on my contract with Amanda. She can take all the time she needs.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting