Cris Cyborg may already have her next title fight lined up, as she is pegged to face Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada -- but the reigning women’s Featherweight champion of the world is already looking toward the future.
Mores specifically, Cris is still looking to lock down a super fight against UFC’s women’s Bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, at the upcoming UFC 226 fight card, which is set to go down on July 7, 2018, also in “Sin City.”
“I have heard Amanda Nunes is fighting Raquel Pennington in Brazil,” Cyborg said in an interview with Flo Combat. “I think she still has fights in her division, especially with Cat Zingano facing Ketlen Vieira at UFC 222 to establish the next No. 1 contender at 135 pounds; however, I know the UFC and Amanda have been asking for this fight and have accepted it with my manager, who is now working on making it happen,” said Cris.
”I am hopeful that if we both win our next fights impressively it can happen at UFC 226.”
Her desire to compete at UFC 226 is well-known, as Cyborg has gone on record to say she wants part in the blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) event, which is set to feature a Heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.
And if you add yet another cross-division title fight like this one to the mix, well then the promotion has itself a sure-fire money maker.
“I think we are seeing the UFC put together three to four really big pay-per-views a year,” Cyborg said. “And if we were able to put a mega-card with essentially six world championships on the card, it would be something historic, something of a flashback to the old-school days. It would be the true definition of an Ultimate Fighting Championship.”
As for her willingness to accept a title fight against Yana on short notice in order to save UFC 222, Cris says she hopes that shows the promotion that she wants to be a team player, and hopes the feeling is mutual.
“There are not a lot of fighters who are willing to put their championship belt on the line with three weeks’ notice,” Cyborg added. “I am hoping that my actions will show the UFC that I am willing to do what is good for the company and that because of this we will see me get a little bit more of the marketing and exposure I have been campaigning for.”
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