White Wants Cyborg-Nunes Fight
Following two straight fights where her opponents needed to move up in weight, Cris Cyborg is lacking options at 145 pounds.
Both UFC 219 opponent Holly Holm and the woman Cyborg defeated last July to win her first UFC title, Tonya Evinger, moved up from 135 pounds to fight Cyborg.
Next up could be another bantamweight, as White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports that his plan is to have Cyborg up with fellow champion Amanda Nunes.
“First of all, Amanda Nunes wants to fight her,” White said. “Amanda Nunes wants to fight Cyborg. That is the fight to make and that is the fight I will make. That’s the fight. Amanda Nunes is a big, strong, powerful puncher. I think she matches up very well with Cyborg too and I think that’s a fun fight and that’s the fight to make.”
Nunes is on an impressive streak of her own, having won six consecutive bouts including first-round finishes of Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Sara McMann, and two decision wins over Valentina Shevchenko, though their bout this past September left a poor impression on fans and critics.
With both Cyborg and Nunes short on options for now, White believes both she and Cyborg are amenable to a matchup for Cyborg’s belt.
“Cyborg wants to fight so we’ll get her a fight as soon as we can get it done,” White said. “As soon as Amanda can prepare and get ready for this fight, we’re ready to roll.”
Both fighters are not excited fighting one another, when Cyborg was asked about Nunes following her win at UFC 219, she expressed reluctance about fighting a fellow Brazilian. However, she did say that she’d be willing to fight Nunes if that was White’s decision.
“When you’re the world champion, it doesn’t matter if you’re fighting a Brazilian, a German, a Puerto Rican, a friggin’ Cuban, whoever,” White said. “You fight whoever comes and tries to take your belt from you.”