The superfight has been put on hold, Cris Cyborg eradicated her last foe, and Amanda Nunes has a title defense at UFC 224. Both women are down to meet up after their business is finished, but now Cyborg thinks Nunes isn’t actually going to end up showing her face in the Octagon and has just been asking for the fight to promote herself. If Nunes doesn’t fight Cyborg at UFC 226, then she says that the UFC bantamweight champ will have to get to the back of the line of featherweight. We’d tell you who that would be behind, but the division still doesn’t exist on the UFC website.
“I’m starting to think that Amanda Nunes just started using my name to negotiate a new deal with the UFC. Like many other girls, she’s using my name to create her brand. If Amanda is not ready to fight at UFC 226 in Las Vegas, I have to tell my team that I want to fight whoever is ready. I explained to my manager that if Amanda wins in Rio and refuses to fight in July, I will not invest my time trying to carry out this fight.”
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) March 12, 2018
“We can retry this if Amanda decides to return to featherweight and establish herself as the number one contender. Amanda’s fight with [Raquel] Pennington in Brazil is to give my team the opportunity to see the fan base she has in the country and how much pay- per-view it will be able to sell in the United States, giving us a better idea of her side in the superfight.” — Cris Cyborg speaking to Combate.
Cyborg has revealed she only has two fights left on her current contract. She wants to fight former Invicta FC featherweight champ Megan Anderson and Amanda Nunes. UFC 226 has the possibility to be gigantic if two fights featuring four champions tops the card, it also could end up being one of those once-a-year triple title fight cards that the UFC has been doing since 2016. Time will only tell, either way, Nunes will have to beat Pennington for it to matter.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/15/2018.