For Dana White, having Amanda Nunes fight Claressa Shields inside a boxing ring would be a terrible issue. Not just because he couldn’t control and get the majority of the profits of a fight that size, but that would leave two of his divisions in-flux, as the women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion would stall an Octagon return to fight the current undisputed middleweight champion.
“Amanda Nunes has things that she needs to do here [in the UFC] first, but I’m not opposed to it,” White said of a cross-sport super fight.
“Maybe Claressa comes over here and fight in MMA.”
Shields, a friend to former UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, was furious that Cyborg was dropped in the first round of her UFC 232 loss to Nunes, and was recorded by TMZ saying she’d knockout the two division world champion.
Speaking of Cyborg, White is hoping with a win at UFC 240, Cyborg will gain the confidence needed to sign a rematch with Nunes, something White thinks Cyborg is lacking.
“I think it’s pretty obvious why she wouldn’t want that fight. It’s a bad fight for her,” White told the gossip site.
“I think that [Cyborg] is at the point where she’s afraid to lose again. Losing again isn’t something she’s interested in.”