If you ever doubted that we are currently in the McGregor era of MMA where everyone's fishing for a superfight, check this out: UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is currently angling to face the winner of Saturday's UFC 219 main event between featherweight champ Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm.
"We have the utmost respect for Cyborg and Holm, it’d be a great fight with either one," American Top Team coach Silveira said in an interview with Portal do Vale Tudo. "But we believe Amanda could be champion in both divisions, because she has all the tools for that. She is an extremely well rounded fighter and has been showing that she does deserve to face the winner. That’s our main focus for 2018."
"Of course we know she has no way to defend two belts," he continued. "But that decision would be taken after her fight against the Cyborg vs. Holm winner."
The chances of this happening? Virtually nil. Nunes has been persona non grata with the UFC since her last second pull out of UFC 213 with a case of sinusitis, a case the UFC publicly declared wasn't serious enough to justify her removal. One stinker of a title defense later and things are no better. Nunes regularly discusses how she believes the UFC is just waiting for her to lose the belt, and she's probably right.
So from her perspective, why not aim for a big PPV fight against Cyborg instead of whatever uninspired low buyrate matchmaking the UFC has planned for her, which last involved Raquel Pennington? For now, Nunes is taking some time off to fix her sinusitis and will be back later in 2018, yet another champion that may be out with health issues until the right fight offer comes along.