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.”
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.