Dana White has confirmed exactly what he has in store for the UFC women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg and it could well be an even better fight than her last.
UFC 219 was an event that proved memorable for a lot of reasons. Of course, the return of the longtime lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov in what was a stunning performance against the insanely talented finisher Edson Barboza stole a lot of the headlines but in the night’s main-event, Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino proved to the world that she was completely deserving of the hype.
Holly Holm, since her stunning UFC 193 head-kick KO of the superstar Ronda Rousey, has managed to establish herself as a genuine force in the world of combat sports. As a pro-boxer, she enjoyed similar success and despite losing the women’s bantamweight title she won in 2015 at UFC 196 to Miesha Tate, many still refused to rule her out as she prepared to attempt to defeat the seemingly unbeatable Cyborg on Saturday night.
Of course, her efforts weren’t enough on the night but regardless, she managed to give Justino the toughest fight of her career and showed her grit and determination against one of the world’s most dangerous propositions.
Now, with Cyborg’s next title defense up in the air, the UFC’s president Dana White has confirmed to Kevin Iole of YahooSports that the bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes has shown interest in taking the fight, something he is prepared to work on as we move towards the summer.
“Amanda Nunes wants to fight Cyborg. That is the fight to make, and that is the fight I will make. That’s the fight.
“Amanda Nunes is a big, strong, powerful puncher. I think she matches up very well with Cyborg too, and I think that’s a fun fight. And that’s the fight to make.”
Nunes, who last fought and defeated Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215, has bested two of MMA’s biggest names in both Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate and like White said, possesses the type of brutal power that may well provide Cyborg with a stern test of her skills.
Also, an all-Brazilian showdown with a belt on the line! What’s not to love?
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena