UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has been extremely open about the fact that she would like to become the first ever two-division UFC women’s champion. With the recent addition of the women’s featherweight division, Nunes had her eyes on the recent UFC 208 inaugural women’s featherweight title fight, where Germaine De Randamie defeated Holly Holm to win the inaugural title.
While Nunes could likely get an immediate title shot at featherweight, it’s no secret that Cris Cyborg, who was recently cleared of her USADA violation, is the #1 contender at 145 pounds. With that being said, Nunes still has plans to go for the women’s 145 pound belt, but without fighting Cyborg.
She spoke to MMAFighting:
“Cris is a huge 145. I’m little for 135,” Nunes explained. “To fight Cris, I will have to train in a specific way to get more muscles, and be more strong. This take time to do. The champion right now is Germaine de Randamie, and she’s from my weight class. That’s why I want to go up. Because I beat her before, and I know I can beat her and take this belt.
“To be with 2 belts, has never happened in the UFC for women.”
Interestingly enough, it appears as though Nunes’ plans to move up to 145 are contingent on whether or not Cris Cyborg will return to the UFC to fight in the women’s featherweight division.
“I want to see Cris Cyborg as champion. She deserves this. She’s a warrior like me,” she continued. “This division was opened for her, but she (took time) off, and I know she will come back. If she will take a long time, I want to go up and fight Germaine. But if Cris wants to come back, I want to see Cris as champion.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/8/2017.