Although neither are in UFC, Amanda Nunes was requested about potential fights with Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg.
Amanda Nunes additional cemented her argument of being the best feminine fighter in MMA historical past, not to mention UFC historical past, with a fast, first-round submission of Megan Anderson at UFC 259.
This now provides Nunes two profitable defenses of the UFC girls’s featherweight championship, having already defended the title in opposition to Felicia Spencer at UFC 250. This comes along with her 5 profitable defenses of the UFC girls’s bantamweight title, in addition to her quite a few accolades and information set as a member of the promotion.
Amanda Nunes open to a Kayla Harrison combat, says she would have given Cris Cyborg a rematch
An attention-grabbing growth that happened because the UFC 259 card bought underway, nonetheless, concerned a well-recognized foe to Nunes — Cristiane Justino (aka Cris Cyborg), the previous UFC girls’s featherweight champion and present Bellator girls’s featherweight champion.
Per a number of sources, together with Helen Yee of Yahoo Sports activities, Justino’s bus was noticed on the grass close by the UFC Apex. This led to hypothesis round media and followers about why the bus was situated there.
Nunes knocked out Justino in lower than a minute to say the UFC’s feminine 145-pound title at UFC 232 and champ-champ standing. Moderately than a rematch occurring, nonetheless, Nunes would drop again all the way down to defend the ladies’s bantamweight title, whereas Justino fought Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 earlier than parting methods with UFC in a hostile vogue.
Allegedly, the UFC would have solely allowed for a rematch to happen if Justino had signed a brand new UFC contract.
In her UFC 259 post-fight press convention, Nunes says she would have given Justino the specified rematch if she had not left for Bellator.
“If she would have stayed, I might have had no downside with giving the rematch,” Nunes mentioned. “However she left, so, that’s not my fault.”
One other title introduced as much as Nunes throughout the press convention was Kayla Harrison. The previous two-time judo Olympic gold medalist has been signed to the PFL since her 2018 MMA debut; she went on to win the promotion’s 2019 girls’s light-weight championship and can look to defend that title within the 2021 season.
The PFL is the one mainstream MMA promotion that gives a girls’s 155-pound division. With the promotion not holding a 2020 season as a consequence of COVID-19, Harrison, who is thought to not be a fan of weight chopping, competed in her first featherweight combat at Invicta FC 43 in November 2020, scoring a late second-round end of Courtney King.
When requested if she thinks Harrison will signal with the UFC upon the completion of her PFL contract on the finish of 2021, Nunes says if the time comes the place they must face, then so be it.
“That is enterprise,” Nunes mentioned. “She has her path, I’ve mine. If we’ve to see one another, we’re going to must.”
Nunes is predicted to have a fast turnaround and should defend the UFC girls’s bantamweight championship within the close to future, probably in opposition to Julianna Pena.
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