UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes recently took part in a media lunch event, and explained why she is not interested in fighting Cris Cyborg right now.
“I’m interested in fighting the girl who has the belt now, de Randamie,” said Nunes, as transcribed by Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “Because I’d rather beat her. If UFC wanted to give me the opportunity to go up now, yes I would have taken it. Later is another thing.”
“I want to see Cyborg with this belt. I’m not interested in fighting her. I’m not interested in fighting her. I’m interested in fighting the girl who has the belt now. After my next fight, we’ll see what happened.
“I’d have to do a lot of things to fight Cyborg. Cyborg is way heavier, way bigger than me. I’d have to change all my training style to fight Cyborg. This is another thing I’d have to go over with my coaches.”
“If they give me opportunity before Valentina to fight de Randamie, I’d love to. But now I have another goal. This is the fight I’m scheduled for.”
The UFC signed Cris Cyborg with the idea that she would slowly drop in weight and eventually face the then seemingly unbeatable Ronda Rousey. When the drop to a catchweight proved to be dangerous and Rousey lost, twice, the UFC decided to go ahead with a women’s featherweight division. However, Cyborg was recovering from the last cut, and even had an anti-doping test flagged for treatment she was having under the care of her physician to help restore her endocrine system. So the UFC went ahead anyway, and had Holly Holm fight Germaine de Randamie; the latter won.
But de Randamie is taking time off and her return date is unknown. Cyborg wants to fight at UFC 214 on July 29, but no opponent has been named. In the mean time, Nunes is fighting Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 213 on July 8. Nunes says after that fight she might move up to featherweight, or drop to the new 125 pound flyweight division.
“After my fight, things can happen,” said Nunes. “I might go down as well to 125 and try it first in the gym to see how it goes. We’ll see. After this fight, anything can happen. Because I cleaned out the division already. I beat all the tops in this division before I got the belt. When I got the belt, I beat the best one. After the next fight for sure I’m gonna do something else. Try to do something else, go down, go up. We’ll see.”