Nunes: Cris Cyborg needs to wait two years for a rematch

Friday, January 04, 2019

UFC champ champ Amanda Nunes may be the most dominant champion in mixed martial arts, and gives every appearance of the being the WMMA G.O.A.T. 'The Lionness' appeared recently on the UFC Unfiltered podcast and talked about her big win over Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 on Saturday. Nunes was asked if she was hurt by Cyborg.

“She didn’t at all,” replied Nunes, as transcribed byJed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “Actually, when she connected the first time I saw that there was no power at all and I put my hands down - 'I’m gonna go for it’. I don’t know if you see when I put my head down when she started punching me but I was more scared of the talk that she punches hard than exactly that she punched hard. You hear a lot that ‘She punches hard, she’s strong, she has knockout power!’ but when she landed, I moved my head because I was more scared of being hit than because the punch was strong.”

Cyborg wants an immediate rematch. UFC president Dana White said the bout outcome was so decisive that an immediate rematch is unnecessary. And Nunes says she'll give a rematch, in two years; this was a response to Cyborg complaining when Nunes moved the superfight from September to December.

“Cyborg doesn’t want to fight me if it takes more than a year to prepare, and right now, I don’t think she’s gonna want it because I’m gonna ask for two years to be ready for her again,” said Nunes. “She said I wanted one year to be ready for her and she didn’t want to wait that much, she don’t wanna stay without fighting but right now I’m asking for two years for the rematch.”

"I’m gonna defend my belt, my original belt. Yeah, for sure I’m gonna go down, defend my belt. My division is waiting for me and we will see what happens after but I don’t think Cyborg wants to wait for two years.”

A greater concern for Cyborg might be the future of the UFC women's featherweight division. All reference to it was recently removed from the UFC site.