The promotion is trying to book a super fight between bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and featherweight champion Cris Cyborg since earlier this year, but nothing comes to fruition.
Since Cyborg is targeting the UFC’s Sept. 8 pay-per-view show for her super fight with bantamweight champion, meanwhile, Nunes hoping to return at UFC 232 on December 29 in Las Vegas.
Cyborg last fought back in March 2018 when she defeated Yana Kunitskaya via first-round TKO at UFC 222. Cyborg is urging to return to Octagon soon, as she has been waiting on Nunes fight from so long, it would be ten months since her last contest.
Nunes last competed at UFC 224, defeating Raquel Pennington via fifth-round TKO in Rio de Janeiro, but an unfortunate thing, Lioness suffered some nagging injuries to her right foot during the fight.
Nunes told Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show earlier this week that she has a good reason to delay the super fight against Cyborg, as she is healing from her foot injury, as well UFC will get some time to promote their showdown.
“This is definitely the fight that makes sense — for me, for her, for the UFC. We need some time to promote this fight. I still can’t kick very well. I still can’t run very well. I’m better, but I still need time for therapy.”
Cyborg has complained for a long time, that the UFC hasn’t built the featherweight division, the promotion has a responsibility to find an opponent for me, as she’s holding the crown. Now featherweight champ has a legitimate reason to complain, wants another fight before her showdown with Nunes.
“That’s six months away. I’m ready now,” Justino said on the same episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “She was calling me out in January. It’s a long time. You cannot call out somebody — ‘I want to fight you’ — and make them wait one year until you’re ready.”
“I don’t get paid for waiting,” Cyborg added. “I get paid to fight.”
Cyborg is so disappointed on her inactivity from Octagon, even warned the Nunes will be her last fight in UFC.
“Why are you going to punish me and make me wait one year in my prime?” she said. “If they make me wait until December to fight Amanda, probably it is going to be my last fight in the UFC.”
Cyborg is considered the best female MMA fighter in the world, and her lone loss came when she made her professional debut back in 2005.
Nunes is riding on a seven-win streak and hold some notable victories over the likes of Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, and Valentina Shevchenko. If Nunes holds a win in a super fight against Cyborg, she will become the third fighter in UFC roaster to hold titles to two divisions at the same time.