After watch women’s featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ run through Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 on Saturday night in just a few minutes, Dana White now has a renewed interest in seeing a superfight between her and bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes next.
A showdown between Cyborg and Nunes had been the UFC’s original plan for the two stars this year, but when the main event for UFC 222 fell through, Cyborg was brought in as a late replacement and so the promotion also went ahead and booked a fight for ‘The Lioness’ as well in the mean time opposite Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 in Brazil.
However, with Cyborg emerging relatively unscathed from her encounter with the former Invicta FC 135lb champion Kunitskaya, the door is now open for her to fight Nunes next, and White is eager to capitalize on that.
“I think I will [book Cyborg Vs Nunes],” White told the media after UFC 222. “I mean, she just fought, so once the adrenaline goes down, she’s got to get checked out and make sure she’s 100%. And I just think her and Nunes is the fight that needs to happen.”
There had been talk at one stage that the fight could go down at UFC 226 in July, but at the moment it seems White wants to stick with UFC 224 on May 12th, and its a match-up that the UFC president is eager to see.
“She’s a beast,” White said of Cyborg. “The fight to make is her and Nunes. That’s the fight that needs to happen. Nunes wants the fight, she wants the fight, I want the fight, I’m sure the fans want to see it, too. So we’ll get that one going.”