Dana White Shuts Down UFC Return For Cris Cyborg: ‘Amanda Nunes Absolutely Dominated Her’

Cris Cyborg
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UFC president, Dana White has played down a potential promotional return for former featherweight champion and current Bellator MMA gold holder, Cris Cyborg, pointing to the fact that her nearest competition, recently minted two-weight champion, Amanda Nunes previously landed a first minute knockout win over her.

Cris Cyborg, a former Invicta FC, Strikeforce, and UFC featherweight champion, managed to successfully score her fourth title defense back in April, defeating two-time opponent, Arlene Blencowe with a unanimous decision win.

As for Nunes, the Bahia native headlined UFC 277 just last weekend against two-time opponent, Julianna Peña – securing an impressively, one-sided unanimous decision win over the Washington native in the pair’s bantamweight title rematch.

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With the Brazilian duo running out of distinct competition to challenge for their respective titles, Cyborg, whose contract with the Scott Coker-led Bellator is set to expire within her next couple of fights, has been linked with a somewhat left-field UFC return, in order to secure a title rematch with Nunes.

Dana White shuts down UFC comeback for Cris Cyborg

However, as per the aforenoted, White – Nunes’ December 2018 first round knockout win over the Curitiba veteran places doubt in his mind if Cyborg should pursue a return to the organization.

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“I mean, Amanda (Nunes) absolutely dominated (Cris) Cyborg,” Dana White told assembled media following Dana White’s Contender Series. “The (Valentina) Shevchenko fight makes way more sense – and I’m not just sh*tting on Cyborg ‘cause we’ve had history.”

“To be honest with you, I don’t usually talk about this sh*t publicly – you know what I say, I don’t tell you guys anything, but she (Cris Cyborg) actually texted me and wished me a happy birthday, you know, for my birthday,” Dana White continued. “It’s not like Cyborg and I hate each other and I’m not trying to discredit her, be mean to her – I wish her the best in whatever she’s doing. And it was nice of her to send me a birthday text. I just wanted to reiterate that I am not sh*tting on Cyborg.” 

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In her final contracted fight with the UFC, Cyborg managed to defeat the now-retired, Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 in July 2019, defeating the Canadian with a unanimous decision win in a co-headlining outing.

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