Coach: Nunes doesn’t see threat in fighting Cyborg
On his Morning Wood Show podcast with UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, ATT coach Din Thomas addressed rumors that UFC bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes didn’t want to fight featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.
“For the longest time, everybody’s been saying that Amanda didn’t want to fight Cyborg,” said Nunes’ coach Thomas, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “I don’t really know how that rumor got started but everybody thought that, but I was hanging out with Amanda two weeks ago and I was at her crib and she was like, ‘Hey, I want to fight Cyborg. I hope she wins.’
“It wasn’t on no beef, she was just like, ‘I want to fight whoever wins.’ I was like, ‘You want to fight Cyborg?’ and she said, ‘Yeah I want to fight Cyborg. I don’t see what the threat is.’ That’s what she was telling me.
“For her to want that fight, I was like, hell yeah, let’s get this fight. She doesn’t see the threat that everybody thought was there for her. She doesn’t see it and I love that about Amanda when it comes to this fight. I think she presents way more problems than people think that she can give Cyborg.”
“She smashed her but Tonya hung in there. She hung in there. She took a lot of punishment too but she hung in there. But even at that moment I was like, You know what? Amanda would have done a lot better. Now I’m thinking, you know what? I think Amanda’s gonna kick her ass. I’m looking forward to it.”
“Cyborg doesn’t have anyone else to fight really that anyone is gonna really care about.”
However, Cyborg doesn’t want a superfight, she very, very reasonably wants a division, and she wants to fight the #1 contender. Right now, there are only three actual women’s featherweights in the UFC, and Cyborg beat Tonya Evinger, leaving Australia’s Megan Anderson as the rightful #1 contender.