Cris Cyborg Open to Super Fight Against Amanda Nunes
If Cris Cyborg gets past Holly Holm on Saturday night at UFC 219, the list of possible opponents left for her to face at featherweight is already rather thin.
The UFC hasn’t committed to adding an entire roster of women’s competitors at 145 pounds outside of signing Cyborg and former Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson earlier this year.
That’s why there’s already the possibility of talk that UFC women’s bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes might venture up to featherweight for a chance to face off with Cyborg in a super fight pitting champion against champion.
While both fighters have scoffed at the idea of a fight in the past because both wanted to avoid competing against another Brazilian, Nunes’ head coach Conan Silveira recently mentioned in an interview that the team was already targeting the winner of Cyborg and Holm as her next opponent.
If that’s the case, Cyborg is more than happy to comply even if it means taking on another Brazilian inside the Octagon.
“I never wanted to fight Amanda because she’s Brazilian but she challenged me,” Cyborg said on Thursday. “I never choose my opponents and if she wants to do that, we can do it. I believe if Dana White wants to do this fight it would be special but for sure it’s going to break hearts for Brazilians.
“But it would be an amazing fight.”
Nunes hasn’t fought since September when she earned a decision victory against Valentina Shevchenko to defend her title for the second time.
She was rumored for a fight against top five ranked women’s bantamweight contender Raquel Pennington in Dec. but the former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor suffered a broken leg that put her out of action for an undetermined amount of time.
Outside of Pennington, the list of possible opponents for Nunes is rather short right now at 135 pounds so it’s entirely possible that the UFC could look at a showdown with Cyborg if she’s successful in her title fight on Saturday night.