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Morning Report: Cris Cyborg spars with rivals on Twitter, wants to fight Amanda Nunes in July

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After defeating Holly Holm at UFC 219, UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg maintained that her primary goal was defending the title against worthy 145 pound opposition, instead of a superfight against bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes like many had been clamoring for. Now it seems like Cyborg might be coming around to the idea.

Cyborg announced Monday that her and her management had agreed to a superfight with Nunes at UFC 226 on July 7th.

“I have agreed with my management to fight Amanda Nunes at #ufc226, July 7th in Las Vegas during international fight week. I will let her finalize her side of the bout now.”

Cyborg has previously said that a super-fight with Nunes has less appeal to her because Nunes isn’t a big pay-per-view draw so if they were to fight, she wanted it to be as part of a big event and, per Ariel Helwani via Combate, the UFC had originally been targeting UFC 224 in May for the super-fight to coincide with the organization’s return to Rio de Janeiro. Instead, Cyborg wanted the fight moved to International Fight Week as it provides the “bigger stage.” It would appear the UFC is at least considering this move, though Nunes’ girlfriend, Nina Ansaroff, disputed that Nunes had been offered the fight, kicking off a back-and-forth with Cyborg on Twitter.

Nunes has been keen on a superfight with Cyborg for some time now, saying, ahead of UFC 219, that she would like to fight the winner of Cyborg-Holm. After the event, when UFC President Dana White called Cyborg-Nunes “the fight to make,” Nunes began calling for the bout in earnest, and now it could come to fruition. If it does though, it leaves one interested party missing out, Invicta featherweight champion Megan Anderson.

Anderson was previously scheduled to face Cyborg for the vacant UFC women’s featherweight title but was forced to withdraw from the event for personal reasons and hasn’t fought since. With all the Cyborg-Nunes talk on social media yesterday, Anderson got reeled into the discussion and ended up having her own heated engagement with Cyborg over potentially fighting at UFC 226 if Nunes is unable or unwilling to fight Cyborg then.

With no official word from the UFC, it’s hard to tell how everything will shake out with all of this but Cris Cyborg is certainly doing her best to be an active champion.


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