Cris Cyborg, a UFC women’s featherweight champion didn’t seem excited about a potential fight with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, but now she agrees to go forward with this fight and want it to be part of a stacked, major card.
Cyborg wasn’t all that surprised to find out fellow Brazilian Amand Nunes wanted to fight her next.
With no other real options at featherweight for the Brazilian wrecking machine, Cyborg has now been forced to embrace the fight even, UFC brass Dana White said it was the fight to make and Amanda Nunes has wanted it for some time in her quest to become a two-weight champion.
Cris Cyborg fresh off a win over former champ Holly Holm in December at UFC 219, has gone on record saying, she thinks Nunes needs this fight for money and to increase her fame.
“Amanda [Nunes] fought Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate with big pay-per-view numbers. The reality though is that the UFC promoted her opponents more than her, and after having to fight on her own brand she struggled to sell 100,000 pay-per-views against [Valentina] Shevchenko. Amanda knows my name sells pay-per-views and without it her brand isn’t strong enough to sell enough pay-per-views to reach her bonus incentives in her contract.”
“I have three fights remaining on my UFC contract and one of them will be Amanda Nunes. I am going to let my manager negotiate when and where that fight happens. If the UFC feels she is the next Conor McGregor, then I think the fight needs to happen on one of the blockbuster 2018 fight cards. The UFC paid Ronda Rousey $3 million dollars to fight Amanda Nunes and Miesha got to fight Amanda as a main event with Brock Lesnar fighting on her pay-per-view. I would like that same type of exposure if I’m fighting her ahead of the girls at 145 pounds. People forget Amanda Nunes was TKO’d by Alexis Davis at 145. She wasn’t a champ in Invicta or Strikeforce.” — Cris Cyborg speaking to FloCombat.
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Amanda Nunes is the rare fighter with the power to potentially hurt the durable Cyborg. UFC champ Cyborg doesn’t believe Nunes has drawing power to hold up her end of the bargain in a super fight, citing the poor PPV draw for her title defense against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215.
Cyborg made her UFC debut in 2016 and cemented herself as the best female fighter in the promotion.
Who do you think will manage to come out victorious between two champs?