Since Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino dominated Holly Holm last year, UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has been giving interview after interview about wanting to face Cyborg next in a super fight. At first Cyborg disagreed because she didn’t want to take a belt from a fellow Brazilian. But after Cyborg demolished, she accepted the fight with Nunes in the post fight interview. UFC president Dana White announced that the fight will 100% happen this summer and issued contracts. Cyborg signed hers but now Nunes is having a change of heart.
In an interview with The UFC unfiltered Podcast, the champ explained, “When I texted Dana White that I wanted the fight, I didn’t have nobody in my division. I didn’t even know if I was gonna fight soon. I was concerned with waiting years because I’ve been in that position before, waiting so long for a fight, I don’t want to do it again and stay waiting, waiting, waiting.” “But now, we have Rocky [Pennington] and we have the Brazilian, Ketlen [Vieira] and I feel like my division is starting to grow. If you pay attention, the division’s gonna be awesome and now I have two. I have Rocky and I have Ketlen. Rocky is my next step and I want to see Ketlen after, for sure.”
Cristiane Justino Venâncio (formerly Cristiane Santos; born July 9, 1985) known professionally by her ring name Cris Cyborg, is a Brazilian and American mixed martial artist currently signed with the UFC. She is the current UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion, as well as the former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion and former Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion. Cyborg first rose to prominence when she won the Strikeforce title on August 15, 2009, by defeating Gina Carano via first-round TKO. She lives in San Diego where she trains and teaches at The Arena.
She later signed to fight for Strikeforce, which greatly increased the chance that a fight with Gina Carano would take place. In her Strikeforce debut, she faced Hitomi Akano on April 11, 2009, at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz. Cyborg came in six pounds overweight for the fight. Akano originally rejected the fight due to Cyborg failing to make weight but later accepted the fight. She defeated Akano by TKO in the third round. Before the fight with Carano, Cyborg was interviewed by mmaworldwide.com’s reporter Aaron Tru. When asked how long it would take to submit Carano with a choke hold, she choked him.
She fought Gina Carano on August 15, 2009, at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg for the Women’s Featherweight Championship. Cyborg won via TKO at 4:59 of the 5:00 first round. The card was the first time that a major promotion had featured a main event between women. After the match, she hugged Carano, and stated in her interview that she had the utmost respect for Carano, and that it was an honor to fight her. She next defended her title against Dutch standout Marloes Coenen at a Strikeforce event on January 30, 2010. She won the fight via TKO at 3:40 of round 3. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated that the next challenger for Cyborg would most likely be Erin Toughill. However, Toughill later announced her intentions to leave Strikeforce and plans for the fight were cancelled.