Cris Cyborg Still Interested In Superfight With Amanda Nunes At UFC 226

Cris Cyborg, a UFC women’s featherweight champion isn’t completely opposed to the idea of a super fight with bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Even she was ready to defend her title on three-week notice when UFC needed the main event for the upcoming UFC 222 pay-per-view card on March 3.

Cyborg said, there aren’t many champions in the promotion who take a risk to put their title in line on short notice, but she was when UFC was in desperate need to fill the UFC 222 main event.

“There are not a lot of fighters who are willing to put their championship belt on the line with three weeks’ notice,” Cyborg told FloCombat. “I am hoping that my actions will show the UFC that I am willing to do what is good for the company and that because of this we will see me get a little bit more of the marketing and exposure I have been campaigning for.”

Now Cyborg is booked to face former Invicta bantamweight champion, Yana Kunitskaya, on March 3, 2018, at UFC 222 for her second featherweight title defense and helped the UFC stave off a potential cancellation of a pay-per-view card. But this might affect her potential fight with bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes.

Their matchup has been swirling around from the time Cyborg dethrone Holly Holm at UFC 219. Since Cyborg is taking on Yana, meanwhile Amanda Nunes is taking on Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 in May.

Despite all those potential roadblocks, Cyborg says she plans to win at UFC 222 and then is more than willing to face Amanda Nunes a few months later.

“I have heard Amanda Nunes is fighting Raquel Pennington in Brazil,” Cyborg said. “I think she still has fights in her division, especially with Cat Zingano facing Ketlen Vieira at UFC 222 to establish the next No. 1 contender at 135 pounds; however, I know the UFC and Amanda have been asking for this fight and have accepted it with my manager, who is now working on making it happen.

“I am hopeful that if we both win our next fights impressively it can happen at UFC 226.”

Cris Cyborg loves the idea of putting her fight at UFC 226, where the headliner is already booked with a super heavyweight fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier on July 7. Another rumor super fight is underway to book between Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw for that card.

Cris Cyborg would be more than happy to be part of this massive event.

“I think we are seeing the UFC put together three to four really big pay-per-views a year,” Cyborg said. “And if we were able to put a mega-card with essentially six world championships on the card, it would be something historic, something of a flashback to the old-school days.

“It would be the true definition of an ultimate fighting championship.”

Published on February 20, 2018 at 12:00 am
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