The newly-crowned dual-weight world champion Amanda Nunes has ruled out a return to featherweight and with that, closed the book on her rivalry with Cris Cyborg.
It was about as comprehensive a win as one could ever imagine.
Nunes went into the fire with one of the most feared fighters in mixed martial arts and not only lived to tell the tale, but she also managed to completely run through her fellow Brazilian in under a minute.
Now with her stock at an all-time high, the third champ-champ in the promotion’s history has revealed via Twitter that a return to 145lbs is not on the cards for her at present.
Sorry Cristiane but I’m done with 145. My Goal was to be a double champ. But, now I can help you build the division. I got someone for you @Judo_Kayla is a true 145er
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 17, 2019
Nunes put forth the idea that rising prospect Kayla Harrison would be a suitable opponent for Cyborg in the future.
Harrison is a two-time Olympic gold-medalist judoka who made the switch to MMA – debuting last year with three wins by way of finish. At the moment, she is currently contracted to PFL but in recent times has been attracting quite a bit of buzz – with some making the obvious comparison between her and Ronda Rousey.
Of course, if anyone deserves an immediate rematch it’s Cyborg in but in truth, Nunes really doesn’t have anything else to prove against Justino and while it would no doubt be a huge fight from both a competitive and promotional standpoint, if the bantamweight queen doesn’t want to move up to featherweight again, who’s to tell her otherwise?
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena