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Midnight Mania! Cyborg: Nunes wants to fight me because ‘her brand isn’t strong enough’

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Cristine “Cyborg” Justino isn’t surprised fellow Brazilian champion Amanda Nunes wants to fight her. To her, it’s a logical consequence of underpromotion from the UFC, resulting in relatively few people knowing or caring about the dervish of destruction that is the women’s bantamweight champion.

“Amanda fought Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate with big pay-per-view numbers,” Cyborg explained when speaking to FloCombat. “The reality though is that the UFC promoted her opponents more than her, and after having to fight on her own brand she struggled to sell 100,000 pay-per-views against (Valentina) Shevchenko.

”Amanda knows my name sells pay-per-views, and without it her brand isn’t strong enough to sell enough pay-per-views to reach her bonus incentives in her contract.”

Those are strong words, but Cyborg has nothing against her countrywoman; in fact, she is planning on fighting her, sooner or later:

“I have three fights remaining on my UFC contract, and one of them will be Amanda Nunes,” Cyborg said. “I am going to let my manager negotiate when and where that fight happens. If the UFC feels she is the next Conor McGregor, then I think the fight needs to happen on one of the blockbuster 2018 fight cards.

”The UFC paid Ronda Rousey $3 million dollars to fight Amanda Nunes, and Miesha got to fight Amanda as a main event with Brock Lesnar fighting on her pay-per-view.

”I would like that same type of exposure if I’m fighting her ahead of the girls at 145 pounds,” Cyborg concluded. “People forget Amanda Nunes was TKO’d by Alexis Davis at 145. She wasn’t a champ in Invicta or Strikeforce.”

This is one of the few superfights that makes complete sense: there are few contenders at 145 waiting for Cyborg, and Nunes has a dearth of contenders who have built momentum at 135. Nunes is the rare fighter with the power to potentially hurt the durable Cyborg. Hopefully they can get it sorted.


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