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Cris Cyborg wants Amanda Nunes super fight, explains why it can’t happen at UFC 224 in May

After Cris Cyborg ran through Yana Kuntiskaya at last weekend’s (Sat., March 3, 2018) UFC 222 event in Las Vegas, Nevada (video highlights here), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White hinted at the possibility of cancelling Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington in order to book a Cyborg vs. Nunes super fight.

It is the championship fight to make, after all.

The only problem is Cyborg isn’t too thrilled about fighting at UFC 224 on May 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as she’s already competed three times in seven months and a small break is much-needed. That said, if “Lioness” is willing to wait to throw hands with her at UFC 226 on July 7, then she’s all for it.

If not, then Nunes has to get through “Rocky,” first.

“After my last fight (against Holly Holm) I said I want to fight Amanda in July. I did three fights in seven months. I am open to fight her, I keep training. But it probably won’t be until July, I am not going to fight in May. I have a lot of things to do, then three fights in seven months. I need a break.”

Don’t ever say Cyborg isn’t a company woman, as her fight schedule has indeed been crazy over the last calendar year, stepping up to save UFC 222 after Max Holloway was bounced with an injury just two months after taking out Holly Holm at UFC 219. So expecting her to make another two-month turnaround is a bit of a stretch.

Furthermore, Cyborg says she has some more pressing business to take care of at the moment, as she will be heading to Brazil in a few weeks to put the finishing touches on adopting her niece -- a promise she made to her seven years ago — and bringing her stateside.

“I am going to Brazil at the end of the month, I have to do something about my niece. This fight in March was perfect because now I can go to Brazil and handle all my stuff. I accept to fight her, but of course now she has to defend her belt and get a win,” she added. “But if she wants to wait until July, it’s cool.”

Pennington, I’m sure, will be happy to play the role of spoiler.

If Nunes can’t defend her title against “Rocky,” then it will leave the door wide open for this 145-pound champion to step in and fill Cyborg’s empty dance card.