The most dominant female fighter in the world, Cris “Cyborg” Justino defended her featherweight title with a first-round finish of new-comer Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 PPV on Saturday night (March 3, 2018) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After the fight, Cyborg called out UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, setting up a super fight that could come in July and which would have the ability to propel her to superstar status.
“She’s going to fight now, defend her title belt in Brazil in May, I think, and then probably I’m going to fight in July if she wins and is the champion,” Cyborg said of Nunes, who is reported to be defending her own title against Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 on May 12 in Brezil. “And now she’s calling me out, I’m not calling Amanda out. She’s calling me out. And yeah, I could fight her in July.”
“Amanda, she’s the champion at 135,” Cyborg said (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting). “I respect her being the champion, but I don’t think she fight anybody like me, too. Then she’s going up to 145, I know she’s had a couple of fights at 145 before, but the one thing like I said, I never want to fight a Brazilian, but when I was the champion over in Strikeforce in my division, we never had the opportunity to fight each other because she was never getting close.
“Now she’s the champion at 135, she’s calling me out, OK, let’s do this fight. I’m gonna train and be ready and what she’s going to do for me, I don’t think about this. I just think about what I’m going to do to her.”
“I don’t know, but for me I think it’s going to be too soon,” Cyborg said in regards to the May date. “Because I’m going to Brazil and then I have a lot of things to do. I’m going to adopt and bring my niece with me, and it’s going to be at the end of March, and I accepted this fight (with Kunitskaya) because it’s the beginning of March and it [fit into] my plan. But I don’t know, let’s see, it’d be exciting.”
At his postfight news conference, UFC president Dana White told reporters that Cyborg vs. Nunes is “the fight that needs to happen.”
“(Cyborg)’s a beast,” White said. “The fight to make is her and Nunes. That’s the fight that needs to happen. Nunes wants the fight, she wants the fight, I want the fight, I’m sure the fans want to see it, too, so we’ll get that one going.”
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Amanda Nunes is already scheduled to defend her 135-pound title against Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 on May 12, 2018. So if Raquel can manage to upset “Lioness,” White’s dream fight plan could go down the toilet.