The traditionally massive end-of-year UFC card has its first fight, and it’s arguably the biggest one that could be made among the female contingent.
The clamouring for a Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko fight has ramped up since the introduction of the flyweight division, but as the latter prepares to face 125lb champion Nicco Montano, Joanna is coming off her second defeat to Rose Namajunas.
Nonetheless, there is one super-fight available, and per an ESPN report, it has been finalised.
The outlet states that a fight between featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has been agreed for December 29 at UFC 232.
The bout has long been rumoured, particularly given the (understandable) lack of challengers at featherweight for Cyborg. After her Fedor-like status as the best fighter not to compete in the UFC, she finally made the move in 2016, dispatching of Leslie Smith and Lina Landsberg in short order.
Such was her prestige in the Octagon, the women’s featherweight championship was established, which the Brazilian duly won at the expense of Tonya Evinger. Subsequent wins over former 135lb champ Holly Holm and Yana Kunitskaya have left her with a dearth of challengers.
Enter, Amanda Nunes.
After a loss to Cat Zingano in 2014, the ‘Lioness’ has since gone on to defeat some of the greatest names in the women’s game, including Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, and Shevchenko twice.
A vicious and accomplished striker, Nunes is one of the very few fighters who can attempt to match Cyborg in the intimidation and domination stakes.
The bout is at featherweight, and will be for the 145lb championship, handing Nunes the opportunity to become the first female two-weight champion in UFC history, simultaneously at that.