Cris Cyborg: I have agreed to fight Amanda Nunes at UFC 226 on July 7Get the Full StoryAccording to Cris Cyborg, she has accepted a champion vs. champion superfight against Amanda Nunes. UFC women s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg looks to have had a change of heart.
After insisting that she wanted to fight a top featherweight contender over bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, Cyborg -- real name Cristiane Justino -- has changed her mind and agreed to defend her title against The Lioness at the upcoming summer UFC 226 pay-per-view on July 7.
Cyborg posted the news on Facebook, although the championship bout hasn t been made official.
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I have agreed to fight Amanda Nunes Leoa July 7th in Las Vegas as part of #UFC226 and #InternationalFightWeek. I am now...Posted by Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos on Monday, January 22, 2018
I have agreed to fight Amanda Nunes on July 7 in Las Vegas as part of UFC 226 and International Fight Week, Cyborg stated.
I am now waiting for my manager to work with the UFC on a bout agreement so we can make Cyborg vs. Nunes The Super Fight official. #CyborgNation, us versus them!
Justino, 32, made her UFC debut in 2016 and cemented herself as the best female fighter in the promotion. After steamrolling Invicta FC s featherweight division from 2013-2016, Cyborg picked up the UFC 145-pound title with a TKO win over Tonya Evinger last year and went on to defend it against Holly Holm at UFC 219, cruising to a unanimous decision in the main event.
Her opponent, 29-year-old Nunes, etched her name into the history books when she knocked out WMMA pioneer Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds to defend her bantamweight title at UFC 207. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt also defended the belt against Valentina Shevchenko last year and is currently listed at No. 13 in the official pound-for-pound rankings.
UFC president Dana White hyped a champion vs. champion superfight between Cyborg and Nunes earlier this month, so expect a formal announcement in the coming days.