After several public attempts to persuade the UFC to book her against a true 145lb fighter, Cris Cyborg has finally announced that she is prepared to fight Amanda Nunes. UFC womens featherweight queen Cyborg broke the news via a post on her instagram account with a caption saying.
“I have agreed to fight @amanda_leoa July 7th in Las Vegas as part of #UFC226 and #InternationalFightWeek. I am now waiting for my manager to work with the @ufc on a bout agreement so we can make #CyborgVNunes #TheSuperFight official.”
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I have agreed to fight @amanda_leoa July 7th in Las Vegas as part of #UFC226 and #InternationalFightWeek. I am now waiting for my manager to work with the @ufc on a bout agreement so we can make #CyborgVNunes #TheSuperFight official. #CyborgNation us versus them! =========================== Eu concordei em lutar contra @amanda_leoa 7 de julho em Las Vegas como parte de #UFC226 e #InternationalFightWeek Agora estou aguardando que meu manager trabalhe com o @ufc em um acordo para que possamos fazer o #CyborgVNunes #TheSuperFight oficial. #CyborgNação nós contra eles!
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When made official, the bout would on paper be the biggest fight between two female stars that the UFC has ever produced.
Current womens banatamweight champion Nunes is coming off a successful title defence against Valentina Schevchenko at UFC 215.
Cyborg’s initial reluctance to fight Nunes appears to stem from her desire to create a legitimate women’s featherweight division within the UFC. Cyborg is rightly frustrated that after establishing a 145lb belt the UFC has done very little to build a division beneath it to provide her with genuine featherweight contenders to compete against. Should Cybog succeed in her battle with Nunes I expect she will immediately return her attention to Invicta champ Megan Anderson.