Cris Cyborg Still Targeting Showdown with Amanda Nunes in July

Cris Cyborg may have a fight this weekend at UFC 222 but that's not going to stop her from planning on her next bout against Amanda Nunes in July

Cris Cyborg is already planning ahead.

With a short notice title match headlining UFC 222 this weekend, the reigning women’s featherweight champion isn’t losing sight of the super fight she was promised before this bout ever came together.

Prior to Cyborg signing on to face former Invicta FC champion Yana Kunitskaya on Saturday night, the Brazilian wrecking machine was already in negotiations to meet fellow UFC title holder Amanda Nunes later this year.

UFC president Dana White had teased for weeks that he wanted to see Cyborg battle Nunes in a fight between the two most dominant women’s champions in the world and it appears plans were in motion to make it happen.

Now Cyborg is fighting this weekend while Nunes is expected to face Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 in Brazil in May. Despite those potential roadblocks, Cyborg says she would still love the chance to face Pennington with her sights set on a marquee card in July.

“I have heard Amanda Nunes is fighting Raquel Pennington in Brazil. 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,” Cyborg said in an exclusive interview ahead of UFC 222.

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

UFC 226 is the headline card for International Fight Week 2018 that will feature another super fight as the main event when heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic takes on light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

There have even been rumors that perhaps the UFC would add another super fight between flyweight king Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.

That means to add Cyborg vs. Nunes, the UFC would book three super fights pitting champion against champion on one card and the queen of the featherweights would love the opportunity to share the card with so many fellow superstars.

“I think we are seeing the UFC put together three to four really big pay-per-views a year, 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,” Cyborg said.

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

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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