Following news of Brock Lesnar’s intent to return to the UFC, we get some other big fight news: the anticipated matchup between Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Amanda Nunes.
Sources tell ESPN that the UFC is working to make a women’s featherweight title fight between the two fighters on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas for UFC 232.
Nunes posted an image of her signing the bout agreement on social media on Wednesday night (July 11), after Cyborg took to Instagram, calling for the fight at UFC 228 on Sept. 8.
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) July 12, 2018
— Cyborg on DAZN #Bellator238 (@criscyborg) July 11, 2018
However, sources say the UFC wants the fight to happen at its year-end show. And, it will be for Cyborg’s 145-pound title.
Justino (20-1, 1 NC) is considered the best female fighter in the world, while Nunes (16-4) is the UFC women’s bantamweight champion… and the other big star in women’s MMA.
Nunes is coming off a win over Raquel Pennington in May — her seventh in a row — following victories over Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, among others. If she claims a win against Cyborg, she would be just the third fighter in UFC history to be a champion in two weight classes at the same time, joining Daniel Cormier and Conor McGregor.