Nunes Explains Why She Backed Off On Cyborg
Amanda Nunes feels that with more competition in her division, she can put a fight with Cris Cyborg on the back burner.
Nunes, who appeared on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, with Matt Serra, and Sirius-XM host/Comedian Jim Norton, explained what lead to her calling Cyborg out, and why the seas have changed for the women’s bantamweight champion.
“When I texted Dana White that I wanted the fight, I didn’t have nobody in my division,” said Nunes. “I didn’t even know if I was gonna fight soon. I was concerned with waiting years because I’ve been in that position before, waiting so long for a fight, I don’t want to do it again and stay waiting, waiting, waiting.
“But now, we have Rocky [Pennington] and we have the Brazilian, Ketlen [Vieira] and I feel like my division is starting to grow. If you pay attention, the division’s gonna be awesome and now I have two. I have Rocky and I have Ketlen. Rocky is my next step and I want to see Ketlen after, for sure.”
Pennington has been sidelined since defeating Miesha Tate at UFC 205 and looks to return by taking the title from Nunes at UFC 224 in Rio.
For a moment it seemed that Pennington’s opportunity would be put on pause, as Dana White mentioned after Cyborg’s win at UFC 222, that he considered scrapping it for a Cyborg-Nunes fight at UFC 226.
Cyborg told Serra and Norton that she’d rather be actively defending her title instead of sitting out and waiting to negotiate a superfight with Cyborg.
“There’s gonna be a lot of things involved in that,” said the champion. “Having the contract for her, for me, it has to make sense for both of us so we can do this. It’s nothing personal against Cyborg. When you become a professional fighter, you want to become the best, you want to beat the best.
“It’s nothing personal but I feel like there’s a lot of things involved in that and I don’t want to wait for that. I want to keep fighting, I don’t want to wait to negotiate. Right now my division has a new contender and I’m excited for that. Whatever happens after that, we’ll see.”
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Original Story: MMA Fighting