Superfight Set: Cris Cyborg To Face Amanda Nunes At UFC 232 On Dec 29 In Las Vegas
The two best female fighters finally set to square off, after months of speculation and rumors.
Cris Cyborg, a featherweight champion, and a top pound-for-pound female fighter will look to defend her 145-pound title against another bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 on December 29 from at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UFC president Dana White confirmed the news on Wednesday via ESPN.
BREAKING: Cyborg Justino vs. Amanda Nunes has been signed for UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas. No. 1 and 2 pound-for-pound female fighters, by ESPN rankings.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 22, 2018
The talk of the super fight between two champions was making rounds for almost a year, but for one reason or another, both fighters were not on the same page due to potential date issues. As a result, Nunes went on to battered Raquel Pennington in May at UFC 224 in May, couple months after Cyborg finished Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 in March.
In the meantime, Cyborg kept pushing for a fight to come to materialize, as former Strikeforce and Invicta FC champion had trouble finding suitable 145-pounder opposite her. She went on to threaten UFC that she would cut ties as soon her contract over if promotion couldn’t get her opponent or Amanda Nunes.
Well, now the most feared female fighter Cyborg got her wished granted, who’s 5-0 since made her promotional debut in 2016.
Nunes, 30, currently riding a seven-fight win streak and hold wins over the likes of Valentina Shevchenko (twice), Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey and Raquel Pennington.
Nunes has a chance to become a first female fighter to hold titles in two-divisions simultaneously, should she get past Cyborg, an honor who first held by Conor Mcgregor and second Daniel Cormier.
UFC 232 PPV event is set to take place on December 29 on New Year’s Eve weekend, at T-Mobile Arena from Las Vegas.