Amanda Nunes wants GOAT status, UFC Hall of Fame spot with win vs. Cris Cyborg
Nunes (16-4 MMA, 9-1 UFC), the reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion, will move up to featherweight to challenge Cyborg (20-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in December’s UFC 232 co-headliner. The fight giver her an opportunity to become the first female dual-champ in UFC history and just the third to hold multiple belts simultaneously alongside Daniel Cormier and Conor McGregor.
“The Lioness” already has notable wins over former UFC champs Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and Germaine de Randamie, as well as Valentina Shevchenko, Raquel Pennington and Sara McMann, already on her record. Nunes said beating arguably the most dominant female fighter of all-time in Cyborg would make her status as the greatest undeniable.
“Definitely (it makes me the best female fighter of all-time),” Nunes told reporters, including MMAjunkie, at a recent UFC 232 news conference. “I’m here for that. That’s why I asked for the fight, because I want to be remembered as the best female ever. I want these two belts for sure, and I want my name in the (UFC) Hall of Fame in the (UFC) Performance Institute (in Las Vegas). I want my name there for history.”
UFC 232 takes place Dec. 29 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Nunes vs. Cyborg co-headlines the pay-per-view main card following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
If Nunes, No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s pound-for-pound rankings, can take out No. 1-ranked Cyborg at UFC 232, she would be on an eight-fight winning streak and hold two belts simultaneously.
Nunes said she has not yet thought about her plans as a two-weight champion and whether she intends to try to hold and defend both belts. At this point, Nunes said the entirety of her concentration is entirely centered on beating Cyborg and she will handle the fallout once it comes.
“My energy is focused on this fight first, then after that we can talk,” Nunes said. “But definitely I will bring this belt home with me. I’m here for that. (UFC) President) Dana White is giving me this opportunity and he knows I’ll be able to do this, and I will prove it.”