UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is currently gearing up for her second bantamweight title defense against Valentina Shevchenko. Ahead of that fight however, it is no secret that Nunes is looking to ultimately win a second UFC title. While initially, the champ expressed her desire to move up in weight, with the addition of a UFC women’s flyweight division at 125 pounds, Nunes now could very well move down in weight in pursuit of her second UFC women’s title.
That of course could make things very interesting given that UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has expressed her desire to move up to flyweight to pursue her second women’s title. Nunes spoke to MMAJunkie to discuss a move to the women’s 145 pound division, but also a potential move to the newly formed women’s flyweight division, which will see its first champ crowned after a season of TUF.
“I’m interested in fighting the girl holding the belt now, de Randamie, because I already beat her,” Nunes said. “If the UFC wants to give me the opportunity to go up now, yes, I would take it. But later is another thing. ‘Cyborg,’ I want to see ‘Cyborg’ with this belt. I’m not interested in fighting her. No, I’m not interested. I’m interested to fight the girl holding the belt now. After my next fight we’ll see what happens.
“I’d love to fight Joanna,” Nunes said. “She’s not my teammate, she’s my gym mate. She doesn’t train with me. She has her own training, I have my own training; we train completely separate. If we see each other in the gym, we respect each other, but we’re not teammates.”
While it will be some time before the UFC women’s flyweight division has a champion crowned, one thing is certain: the division could play host to several high-profile fights, including a potential Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Amanda Nunes fight.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/19/2017.