The UFC are rumored to be considering a women’s Bantamweight title fight between current champion Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington for UFC 224 on May 12th in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
That’s the word according to MMAWeekly and UFC.com writer Damon Martin, and it would see Nunes looking for her third successful title defense after having already defeated Ronda Rousey and Valentina Shevchenko to retain the belt.
Pennington has risen to as high as No.3 in the division courtesy of a four-fight winning streak that’s seen her emerge victorious against Jessica Andrade, Bethe Correia, Elizabeth Phillips, and most recently Miesha Tate.
News of this potential match-up comes soon after the news that featherweight titleholder Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino has agreed to step in to save UFC 222 by headlining against Yana Kunitskaya.
If Nunes Vs Pennington is also booked then it leaves a big question mark as to whether a previously reported superfight between ‘Cyborg’ and Nunes will still go ahead at UFC 226 in July.
However, speaking yesterday, ‘Cyborg’ indicated that she still plans to faces Nunes at that event despite agreeing to the short notice fight at UFC 222.
“Guys, Max Holloway got hurt and UFC 222 was in need of help,” Justino told her fans on Twitter. “I am just doing my job. I’m always training… why not? See at UFC 222. I did this for the team,” she wrote in an Instagram story.
“Amanda, don’t worry, you have girls coming for you, like Cat Zingano and Ketlen Vieira, and our fight is still on the table for July.”