After Amanda Nunes knocked out Cris Cyborg to become the first ever female double champion in the UFC, talk quickly turned to what would be next for Nunes. Cyborg, obviously, argued for an immediate rematch, given her tenure as champion, but UFC President Dana White wasn’t all that interested in doing that, and it looks like, as usual, White will get what he wants.
On Twitter on Wednesday, Nunes told Cyborg that she would not be competing at featherweight again and that the former champion should try and build 145 with two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison. To Cyborg’s immense credit, she took the news in stride, saying that she would be more than happy to fight Harrison, and wouldn’t even make the judoka cut weight if she didn’t want to.
Sorry Cristiane but I’m done with 145. My Goal was to be a double champ. But, now I can help you build the division. I got someone for you @Judo_Kayla is a true 145er— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 17, 2019
As for Nunes, she has a couple of ideas in mind for what’s next, including defending her bantamweight title in the fight that arguably makes the most sense for her, against former bantamweight champion and featherweight challenger Holly Holm.
Holly would definitely be a great fight to defend my belt at 135.— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 17, 2019
Holm has not had a sterling record of late, having only won two of her last six, but there are few names bigger than her in the bantamweight division and she remains one of the few established 135ers that Nunes hasn’t fought. But unfortunately for Holm, that bout may have to wait, as the champ champ also suggested that she was seriously interested in facing her old nemesis, Valentina Shevchenko, one final time to chase a third belt by dropping down to Shevchenko’s division.
OKAY GUYS I’M DONE PLAYING. IM REALLY PLANNING ON GOING DOWN TO FIGHT FOR THE 125 BELT.— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 17, 2019
Shevchenko won the flyweight title at UFC 231 but has a history with Nunes, squaring off twice before with the champ champ and coming up on the wrong end of controversial decisions both times. A third contest would give Nunes the opportunity to become the first ever triple champion in UFC history, and while that is clearly enticing for her, Nunes finished her late-night Tweetstorm by hinting that anything is on the table, assuming the price is right.
Good night. Anything can change in this business.— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 17, 2019
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Megan Anderson also weighed in on the Nunes debacle and Cyborg is game.
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) January 17, 2019
Strip her then... I'll fight Cris for the vacant 145 UFC title if Amanda wont give her the rematch Cris deserves. https://t.co/R5KNmWFM1j
❤️ thanks champ— Follow @CrisCyborg on IG #CWB (@criscyborg) January 17, 2019
Brock out there on the mats.
Back and forth.
Just did my aerobic power test on the bike putting in that work!! Thanks to kyle.larimer for pushing me. That was tough!! @marc_diakiese Tick tock ⏰ @ UFC Performance Institute https://t.co/qgHaF0JVZi— Stevie Ray (@StevenRayMMA) January 16, 2019
Lad.. if you was actually good at talking maybe I’d interact with you but you’re weird as fuck so I’m not going to bother and I’m waiting for the papers here still.— Bonecrusher (@Marc_Diakiese) January 16, 2019
Is that why u blocked me on insta— Stevie Ray (@StevenRayMMA) January 16, 2019
Clearly I don’t have time for you dude.— Bonecrusher (@Marc_Diakiese) January 16, 2019
That sounds like ur making excuses— Stevie Ray (@StevenRayMMA) January 16, 2019
Can't wait to get back in the Octagon for #UFCLondon in that great city infron of that amazing crowd and against a fighter I have a lot of respect for @Leon_edwardsmma @ufc @UFCEurope @wow_air @sportvorur @bakland @ParadigmSM @MjolnirMMA @SBG_Ireland pic.twitter.com/FiInrG0yZv— Gunnar Nelson (@GunniNelson) January 17, 2019
#SaundersVsCondit— Ben Saunders (@bensaundersMMA) January 17, 2019
Since people are talking about this potential matchup, I might as well give it some love.
If your game @CarlosCondit I say we give the fans what they want and unleash our inner demons upon one another inside that #UFC octagon for their entertainment #Respect pic.twitter.com/1AYHyKtfSS
Jonah Hill has joined the fold.
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Not sure how Amanda plans on winning a third belt when she’s already lost to Shevchenko twice, but you know the old adage: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again under more difficult circumstances. Also, it is honestly impressive how the UFC has cratered the value of their belts over the last two years. It’s like they looked at boxing and thought, ‘how can we replicate the single worst aspect of it?’
Speaking of boxing, I still maintain that Floyd Sr. would’ve beaten Conor.
Anyway, thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
What should Nunes do next?
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Defend against Holly
Chase a third belt against Valentina
Call me old fashioned, but she should fight GDR or Vieira, you know, the actual challengers at 135.