Cyborg says She’ll Take on Nunes after a Defense Against a Fighter With a recent win at Featherweight

Cyborg Megan Anderson

Nothing is set in stone regarding the UFC’s current Featherweight division. Matter of fact, there has yet to be a UFC Featherweight fight between two fighters that haven’t fought below 140 lbs. There have been three Featherweight fights so far in the UFC. Starting things off with UFC 208, where the inaugural champion was crowned when Germaine De Randamie defeated Holly Holm via unanimous decision. Both fighters were previously Bantamweight contenders before that fight. The second fight was for the vacant title after De Randamie gave up the title making it Cris Cyborg vs Tonya Evinger. Evinger was coming over as the Invicta FC Bantamweight champion, filling in for Invicta’s Featherweight champion, Megan Anderson. And most recently, Cyborg defended her title against Holly Holm at UFC 219.

In an effort to break this trend, the champion, Cyborg wants to fight a fighter with a recent win at 145 lbs for her next title defense. Then she will be open to a super fight with the Bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes who is clamoring for the fight as are the fans. Cyborg had this to say on Twitter in response to Nunes’ coach at American Top Team, Conan Silveira when he said he thinks Nunes vs Cyborg will “1000% happen”.

Fact! @IronLadyMMA sold 2x’s as many PPV’s as @Amanda_Leoa last Fight! Imagine Cyborg Vs. GDR in Brazi instead of Brasil vs Brasil in rio.

I want a fight against a fighter with a win at 145 in the last year. @IronLadyMMA @MeganA_mma @DandoisCindy @PamBam_Sorenson @1headbusta

I will fight Amanda Nunes after. Yes.

Amanda last Fight did 100,000 buys. That isn’t a superfight and does little for the division or my career.

The champion seems to be looking at the business side of things in this situation and doesn’t think the time is right.

Of the fighters that Cyborg listed she would like for her next fight, only one(Megan Anderson) is a current UFC Featherweight. Germaine De Randamie, the former champion, vacated her title because she didn’t feel Cyborg deserved a fight because of her history of PED use. De Randamie is now expected to return to the Bantamweight division as she had a bout scheduled with Marion Reneau before she had to pull out because of a hand injury.

So who will Cyborg fight next? Miesha Tate recently voiced that she feels Cindy Dandois deserves a second shot in the UFC and at Cyborg.

 

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/8/2018.