Cris Cyborg open to rematching Amanda Nunes if she leaves UFC: ‘They don’t like to pay the fighters’

Cris Cyborg, Amanda Nunes

Cris Cyborg would be willing to take on Amanda Nunes in a rematch but only if she leaves the UFC.

Current Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is widely regarded as one of the greatest female mixed martial artists of all time. She is one of the only athletes to hold a belt in the UFC, Invicta FC, Strikeforce, and Bellator.

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She is coming off a successful boxing debut against Simone da Silva, a contest she won by unanimous decision last month.

Cris Cyborg is open to rematching Amanda Nunes if she leaves UFC

In a recent interview with former two-division champion Henry Cejudo, Cris Cyborg talked about the possibility of taking on the reigning UFC women’s two-division queen. She made it clear what Nunes would need to do to make the second fight a reality.

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“If Amanda Nunes gets out of the UFC, the rematch can happen,” Cyborg said (ht Middle Easy). “If she’s going to continue in UFC, it’s hard to happen. UFC don’t like to pay the fighters. Kayla Harrison wins in [the] same division, but I believe if fans would like to see this fight. We’re in different organizations. If it were to happen from a co-promotion [between Bellator and PFL], why can’t this fight happen?

It can happen. Like Bellator doing RIZIN now. Fighters gonna go fight at the end of the year there in Japan.”

Cyborg wants to challenge Katie Taylor

Two-weight boxing world champion and current undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor had recently called out Cyborg for a clash in the ring. Cyborg intends to level up in the sport and believes with enough hard work, she could compete with Taylor.

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“Everything you do, you want to be the best at what you do. I may start saying, ‘No early boxing,’ but if I have an opportunity to fight for the belt… Like Katie Taylor. She called me out yesterday. She fought, she won. Congratulations! She said if the fans want to watch this fight. If you want to watch this fight, I’m gonna be willing to do it.

I feel wonderful having my name there. I just started boxing. I know I did a lot of things in MMA, but for me it’s a dream. I’m gonna work real hard. For sure it’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to do my best.”