The show must go on.
After Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Featherweight champion Cris Cyborg stepped in to save UFC 222 by agreeing to face off against Yana Kunitskaya on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, a potential fight between Cris and Amanda Nunes hit the pause button.
But it seems Nunes — the current UFC women’s Bantamweight champion -- isn’t willing to wait, as discussion are under way to have “Lioness” defend her title against Raquel Pennington, with a date and event soon-to-be determined, though UFC 224 seems to be the target.
Damon Martin has the scoop:
Sources say Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington is being discussed currently...haven't heard a date but I'd assume UFC 224 in Brazil would be a likely landing spot. #UFC— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) February 7, 2018
And judging by Amanda’s recent tweet, the fight could be made official shortly.
Jesus, I just want announced my fight.— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) February 7, 2018
Still, if the fight gets booked, Cyborg is confident a fight between her and Nunes will eventually go down, maybe even on the upcoming UFC 226 event on July 7. Of course, both champions would have to defend thier titles for that to happen.
Nunes hasn’t stepped foot inside the Octagon since defeating Valentina Shevchenko via split-decision at UFC 215 last September. As for Pennington, she has won four in a row since dropping a questionable decision to Holly Holm way back in 2015.
The two were rumored to be throwing down at UFC 217 last December, but an unfortunate leg injury suffered by Pennington after a car accident derailed those plans. But, if all goes as planned, “Rocky” could get her shot to dethrone Nunes in four months. As for Cyborg, her fight against Yana will be her third fight in just eight months.
I guess Dana White really took this statement to heart.