Cris “Cyborg” Says Amanda Nunes Needs to Beat Top Featherweight Before Receiving Title Shot
By FCF Staff
Although Dana White has said he wants to book a bout between bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes and featherweight champ, Cris “Cyborg”, the latter is putting the brakes on talk about the super fight.
During a recent interview with Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, White relayed that Nunes wants to fight “Cyborg”, and that further, he intends to book the match-up. But, in a post on “Cyborg’s” official website, the following comments were attributed to her:
“As a World Champion it is important that you face the #1 contender. That is what makes it sport and not entertainment, otherwise what are the girls fighting at 145lbs training to work towards if they know they will never be given a title shot even if they become the best in the world? I have a responsibility to the sport to ensure that when I retire the 145lbs division continues to exist, and it is because of that I want my next fight to be against a contender from the featherweight division that has fought at 145lbs within the last year.
If Megan Anderson is not ready to fight, then the next available contender Pam Sorenson deserves the opportunity. I can continue giving fans superfights, however in order for this division to grow it is my responsibility to respect the work of all the women fighting at 145lbs and give the top girls a chance at the title once they have earned it. If Amanda Nunes truly wants an opportunity at the 145lbs belt, a win against any ranked contender in that division would help establish her back in a weight class she left before fighting me.”
“Cyborg” is coming off a unanimous decision win over Holly Holm last weekend at UFC 219, which was her first title defense as the promotion’s featherweight champion.