UFC news 2017: Amanda Nunes wants to hold two belts at the same time
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, is on the top of the UFC food chain right now after she gave Ronda Rousey a beating she would never forget. But she wants more. She wants to be the female Conor McGregor, and she wants to hold two division belts at the same time.
A new women's featherweight division will be introduced at UFC 208, and former bantamweight champion Holly Holm will face Germaine de Randamie for the belt. However, Nunes wants in on the action, and she tweeted that she wants a crack at the featherweight title against the winner of that bout.
Nunes has said before that she doesn't want to move up in weight, but it looks like she has changed her mind since she made that statement. SportsJOE.ie's Ben Kiely has noted that Nunes might have changed her mind because she doesn't have to face Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino. Nunes was offered a fight with Cyborg before, but she turned it down because she thought she was too small to move up in weight.
"In the space of about 6 months, Nunes has gone from being too small for 140 lbs, to being more than willing to fight at 145 lbs. Only two things have changed since then, the potential opponent and the fact that there would be a belt on the line," Kiely said.
Cyborg is by far the most dangerous striker in women's mixed martial arts (MMA), and it's not even close. 15 of her 17 wins came by way of knockout or technical knockout. She even sent the one-time face of women's MMA, Gina Carano, into retirement.
Some fight fans may think that Nunes is ducking Cyborg, but there's no denying that she wants to add a second belt to her collection. If she has to fight Cyborg to get it, she probably would.