Amanda Nunes on Cris Cyborg: “I’m not scared to step in front of her, I know I have a huge chance to take this belt”

Bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes is hoping to challenge Cris Cyborg for the featherweight title at the UFC 226 event on July 7.

Nunes believes she has a “huge chance” of taking the UFC featherweight title from Cris Cyborg.

The Brazilian wanted to make it clear during a recent chat with MMAJunkie that she is not afraid of Cyborg. She reveals that she was the one who asked for the fight in the first place and believes she has a “huge chance” of taking the belt.

I wanted that fight; (Cyborg),” Nunes told MMAjunkie. “I texted Dana White, and I said I wanted that fight. I’m ready to go up. I wanted something big for my career, and I decided the next step would be Cyborg. But the negotiations have been so slow. I don’t know what is wrong, but I didn’t even see my contract yet. Nothing is official.”

I know she’s powerful, I know she’s a great fighter, but when it comes to a fighter, I am as well,” Nunes said. “I’m not scared to step in front of her at all. … Why am I going to be afraid of her? I respect her as a fighter, but I know I have a huge chance to take this belt, for sure.”

Nunes is excited at the thought of becoming the first ever female two-division champion in history. However, she is aware she may have to give up her bantamweight belt if she beats Cyborg.

I did so much for the 135 division, and it’s going to be heartbreaking to let that belt go and not keep defending, but we’ll see (if I would have to vacate),” Nunes said. “I’m going to sit down with Dana White and see what he can do. I would love to defend both if I have to. But I know it’s hard, but I might have to pick one for sure.

In general it’s going to be huge for women’s MMA. That’s why I’m very excited. It’s never happened, a girl trying to get two belts. I’m going to be the first one. And if it happens, I’m going to be the only one. And I want to be that. This makes me excited.”

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Fight fans, do you think Nunes has what it takes to beat Cris Cyborg? Let us know in the comments section below.


One comment

  1. While I don’t expect Nunes to take it, I am hoping for a competitive fight along the lines of the Holm/Cyborg fight; hopefully even more competitive.

    Given the lack of title contenders at 135 and/or 145, I see no reason for her to relinquish her 135 belt if she pulls off the upset of the year at 145.

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