One of the several UFC superfights many fans have suggested over the past couple of months is a clash between UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes and UFC Women's Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg. However, it doesn't look like it's going to be happening anytime soon.
During a recent appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, the women’s bantamweight champion explained why she has changed her focus from a superfight with Cyborg, to her upcoming title defense against Raquel Pennington. She also explained why she is currently more interested in defending her own belt than in challenging for Cyborg’s.
Nunes said, according to MMA Fighting: “When I texted Dana White that I wanted the fight, I didn’t have nobody in my division. I didn’t even know if I was gonna fight soon. I was concerned with waiting years because I’ve been in that position before, waiting so long for a fight, I don’t want to do it again and stay waiting, waiting, waiting.
“But now, we have Rocky [Pennington] and we have the Brazilian, Ketlen [Vieira] and I feel like my division is starting to grow. If you pay attention, the division’s gonna be awesome and now I have two. I have Rocky and I have Ketlen. Rocky is my next step and I want to see Ketlen after, for sure.”
Even if Nunes successfully defends her belt against Pennington though, the bantamweight champion would still prefer to take on Vieira instead of Cyborg, as Vieira defeated Cat Zingano, the last woman to defeat Nunes. In the eyes of Nunes, Vieira has propelled herself to next in line to the title thanks to her win, and the Brazilian wants to face her after she fights Pennington.
Nunes said: “I think she’s deserving, after this fight against Rocky. She beat the girl that beat me. I think she’s ready and I’m excited to fight her.”
However, while this might make it seem like a Nunes-Cyborg fight is off the cards, the Brazilian has said the fight is inevitable and it will happen at some point in the future.
Nunes said:“There’s gonna be a lot of things involved in that. Having the contract for her, for me, it has to make sense for both of us so we can do this. It’s nothing personal against Cyborg. When you become a professional fighter, you want to become the best, you want to beat the best.
“It’s nothing personal but I feel like there’s a lot of things involved in that and I don’t want to wait for that. I want to keep fighting, I don’t want to wait to negotiate. Right now my division has a new contender and I’m excited for that. Whatever happens after that, we’ll see.”
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