On December 29, in the main event of UFC 232, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will move up to the 145-pound featherweight division to battle UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.
In the eyes of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who lost to Nunes in a July, 2016 title fight, Cyborg should win this fight. That being said, Tate feels Nunes has the kind of power to make this fight interesting. In fact, she believes Nunes has enough firepower to put Cyborg down if she connects properly.
“I obviously think Cyborg is going to win, she is the woman to beat and until I see something largely monumental going against Cyborg, she is pretty much going to be the one I always pick against any other woman on this planet,” Miesha Tate said of this Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg fight on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (transcript via MMAMania).
“That being said, Amanda hits like a man,” Tate continued. “I can say first-hand that she hits so hard. And it looks effortless, she is very natural at it. She’s got this falcon-like wingspan, it’s very long. Cyborg may be surprised by how hard she gets hit by Amanda. I don’t believe Cyborg is going to want to walk through the punches like she does with every other female she’s ever fought. You’re not going to want to do that against Amanda. She might be smaller than you, but she packs one hell of a punch and she could hurt Cyborg.”
“She has the power to knock Cyborg out, I do believe that. I don’t think it will happen this fight, but if Cyborg doesn’t actually come in with a strategy and just wants to bully Amanda, she might get hurt.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/25/2018.