Cyborg Wants To Rematch Nunes In A UFC vs Bellator Contest
It wasn’t long after her release from the UFC back in August, that Cris Cyborg officially signed with Bellator. And shortly after, it was announced that the former UFC featherweight champion would challenge Julia Budd on January 25th.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, Cyborg looked ahead to her title fight with Budd, where she hoped that she could win her fourth title with a different promotion, having won titles at Strikeforce, Invicta and the UFC
“My next fight is gonna be in L.A., gonna be in [The] Forum,” stated Cyborg. “Julia Budd. She is eight years undefeated in her fights with Bellator and she’s a champion. She’s the real 145-pound. She from Canada and it would be a great fight and [I’m] very excited. I want to be the first woman to hold four title belts for different organizations.”
The 36 year old Budd is on an eleven fight winning streak and has defended her Bellator featherweight title three times. The last of which was a first round TKO win over Olga Rubin, at Bellator 224.
In the short ambush interview, Cyborg also pronounced her wish to have a rematch with Amanda Nunes, whom she suffered a loss at UFC 232. Although there would be a lot of factors to consider and negotiations to settle, due to promotion difference between her and Amanda, the Brazilian mixed martial artist has asked Bellator president Scott Coker to make that fight happen in a cross-over promotion contest.
“Maybe I could [have a] rematch with Amanda…but if one day in any point in my life that I want to do the rematch, I would like to do and see Cris Cyborg [versus] Amanda Nunes because she’s a UFC champion and I hope in the future [that I’ll be the] Bellator champion and maybe the fight is [going] to happen. And Scott said ‘Yes, we can do that, just know when to call him to make this happen’ and I think everybody would like to watch.”
Nunes stopped Cyborg in the very first minute when they met in the co-main event of UFC 232, in December of 2018. The UFC featherweight and bantamweight champion is set to defend her 135lbs title against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245.
Do you think Cris Cyborg will ever get her wish of a rematch with Amanda Nunes?