Nunes Coach Feels Cyborg Rematch Is Unlikely
In the aftermath of Amanda Nunes becoming both the UFC bantamweight and featherweight champions at UFC 232, many thought that Cris Cyborg would be granted a rematch to her title.
And while it may be possible later in the year or in 2020, both Nunes and Dana White were not high on the prospect of a Nunes-Cyborg II in the near-future.
Speaking with Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting, Nunes’ head coach Conan Silveira also downplayed the idea of Cyborg getting the win in a hypothetical rematch.
“I’d never put that it way, to say it’s not possible [for Cyborg to beat Nunes in a rematch],” Silviera told Thomas on the latest episode of The MMA Hour, “I’d just explain it in the way of how Amanda is as a fighter.
“I believe for you to get close to her you have to understand fighting more than she does and I think that, right now, I don’t see anybody [who understands fighting as much as she does]. Of course, I’m not in any way disrespecting Cyborg or any other fighter, but I don’t see that. I think Amanda is on a different level of MMA.”
“The reason why I say I don’t believe that I don’t think that there will be a rematch is because I think a rematch should only happen if it was a split decision, or even a unanimous decision where you probably don’t know which way the fight was going to go,” Silveira said of Cyborg’s first round TKO loss.
“When you knock somebody out don’t come to me and say that it was lucky, ‘Oh it was a lucky shot’ — no. That was very visible and clear that Amanda knew what she was doing, everybody saw it and Cyborg could not handle it. I don’t see why you would have a rematch.”
Quotes Via: MMA Fighting