Although there was no denying it beforehand, Cris Cyborg cemented her place as the greatest female mixed martial artist on the planet at UFC 214 after a third-round TKO win against Tonya Evinger saw her claim the vacant featherweight championship.
This marked Cyborg’s third fight in the UFC, and each of them have ended in a stoppage win for the dominant Brazilian. In fact, the last time one of her fights went to a decision was back in 2008 when she stretched her record to 6-1 by defeating Yoko Takahashi at EliteXC: Heat.
She hasn’t looked back, and is now aggressively pursuing a fight against Holly Holm, after Germaine de Randamie – the inaugural women’s featherweight champion – refused to fight the 32-year-old and the UFC stripped the Dutch fighter of the championship.
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While Holm is an attractive option, both Cat Zingano and Megan Anderson are also on Cyborg’s radar.
The Brazilian dominance in the UFC has dwindled in recent times, with the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo no longer holding down their divisions.
Instead, it’s left to Cyborg and Amanda Nunes to fly the Brazilian flag inside of the Octagon, with Nunes the current bantamweight champion.
The Lioness has reiterated on numerous occasions that she doesn’t want to fight Cyborg, and now the latter has finally come forward and explained why she too isn’t interested in meeting Nunes inside of the Octagon.
It all comes down to one Brazilian trying to take another down, and while she has admitted that they should be fighting side by side to represent Brazil, she admitted that she’d be open to it if it’s something the fans want to see.
According to MMA Fighting, Cyborg said: “I’d fight Amanda, but I have no interest in fighting her.
"We’re two Brazilians, and that would ‘kill' one Brazilian. Why kill one if we’re representing the same country? It’s us against the world.
"But if it’s an interesting fight for the fans, if they want this one day, we can do it.
"It’s like ‘Claudinha’ (Gadelha) fighting Jessica (Andrade at UFC Japan). I don’t think it would be cool because we’re Brazilians, but I’d do it. I would avoid it, because Brazil vs Brazil is not cool, and I think fans would be split."
Neither probably has anything to worry about right now, though, as Nunes is currently preparing to defend her 135lbs title against Valentina Shevchenko after pulling out at UFC 213, while Cyborg is hopeful of landing a first title defence by the end of 2017.
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