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Following Nunes’ (17-4 MMA, 10-1 UFC) shocking 51-second knockout of Cyborg (20-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at UFC 232 in December, talk of an immediate rematch between the two Brazilians began to pop. However, it was quickly shut down by “The Lioness” and UFC President Dana White.
Nunes was the women’s bantamweight champion prior to UFC 232. She moved up in weight to challenge Cyborg for the women’s featherweight strap, and after less than a minute of chaotic action in the octagon, Nunes was the third simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history.
Cyborg has been campaigning to run it back since her 13-year unbeaten streak was brought to a stunning halt. The fact she has just one fight left on her UFC contract complicates the situation, but Nunes has seemingly uncomplicated it for. She took to social media and said there would be no second fight (via Twitter):
Sorry Cristiane but I’m done with 145. My Goal was to be a double champ. But, now I can help you build the division. I got someone for you @Judo_Kayla is a true 145er
Nunes’ suddenly firm stance on the issue comes as somewhat of a surprise. Her post was in response to an interview the former UFC champ Holly Holm recently conducted with MMAjunkie expressing interest in fighting Nunes if she wins her upcoming bout at UFC 235 in March.
Although Nunes did not address a possible matchup with Holm, she did have a matchmaking idea for Cyborg in current PFL standout and two time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison (3-0), who trains alongside Nunes at American Top Team in Florida.
At the moment a fight between Cyborg and Harrison is highly unlikely because they fight for separate organizations. However, with Cyborg’s UFC future uncertain, and the Nunes rematch trending in the wrong direction, it’s difficult to gauge what the future will hold.
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