There are many fight fans who want to see current UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg fight UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in the world famous Octagon.
However, there has been some trouble of making this fight happen.
Cyborg has stated in the public that she is willing to fight Invicta FC women’s featherweight champion Megan Anderson and even threw out a possible date for the fight, which would’ve been UFC 221.
In the past, Cyborg has explained her position on the possible fight with Nunes. As for the main reason, it’s due to her not wanting to fight a fellow Brazilian.
Now, Cyborg has come out and stated that she is willing to fight Nunes but there’s a certain demand that she has, which is that it has to be featured at a big event.
“I want to fight her on a big event, big card,” Cyborg said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
“Big card that can sell pay-per-views. Amanda, she did almost 100,000 PPV. She’s not changing my career at 145 or anything beating her, and she don’t sell pay-per-view. Okay, ‘superfight,’ she’s not [Conor] McGregor.”
“I don’t think Amanda is a big draw,” Cyborg said. “One thing when I was world champ in Strikeforce, Amanda start training, start punching bag. They say [she was] supposed to fight 145, no. Amanda never could get close to fight for the belt at 145 in Strikeforce.
Alex Davis beat her, TKO, Cat Zingano beat her. She’s had a lot of fights she’s supposed to do now, but, what has she done at 145?”
Still, Cyborg’s first preference is to defend her title against a worthy opponent at 145 pounds.
“I don’t have any problem fighting her,” Cyborg said. “But I want the UFC to invest in my division. I don’t want to only be the champ who only beat all the girls at 135. I don’t want to retire, and then I don’t see my division in the UFC because they say I don’t have the girls.
I have my job, I make 140 catchweight now [featherweight]. I think I did a lot for my division. My division is my story. I owe it to my division. I can fight Amanda, I think Amanda can have that opportunity for sure, but continue somebody from 145, I think deserves the opportunity first to her.”
Cyborg has also stated that she is frustrated with the the promotion not doing enough to build out the division while Bellator seems keen on signing women at 145.
“The belt, 145 pounds, one year they have the belt. But you don’t see any girls fighting at 145 pounds in the division. Just to see girls fight for the belt, 145. They know I want to do this for me, they say ‘we don’t have the girls.’ They have girls. Bellator [is] signing girls 145 pounds every week. Every week girls are going to sign with Bellator.
Bellator make my division very strong. Going to be big division, my division, in Bellator. This make me sad because I’m in the UFC, but I don’t have all the girls to fight. I can do superfight, but my goal is to make the division grow. ... I have three fights left, and then I’m going to be where I have to be.”
“I’m really happy about the numbers, but I think the numbers can be really better, if you had the promotion, like really good promotion, me and Holly. Holly is a big name. Holly beat Ronda Rousey and then she had a lot of followers. You’re supposed to have more promotion like UFC 214. Because then they make a tool for promotion of the fight.
It could be better, because we just announced the fights eight weeks [in advance], and everybody focused on the fight, no have time to do all the media too close to fights too. And they should have more championship belts. And they [need] championship belts, there was just a fight one belt. At UFC 214, there were three fights for belt. But you know, it is getting there.”
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