Cyborg Responds To Amanda Nunes’ Non-Rematch Solution

Earlier tonight, UFC women’s champ-champ Amanda Nunes confirmed she would no longer compete at 145 pounds when former champ Cris Cyborg called her out. Nunes offered a new opponent for Cyborg to build her division against instead. ‘The Lioness’ thinks Cyborg should fight PFL fighter Kayla Harrison. The women’s two-division champ called Harrison a true […]

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Earlier tonight, UFC women’s champ-champ Amanda Nunes confirmed she would no longer compete at 145 pounds when former champ Cris Cyborg called her out.

Nunes offered a new opponent for Cyborg to build her division against instead. ‘The Lioness’ thinks Cyborg should fight PFL fighter Kayla Harrison. The women’s two-division champ called Harrison a true featherweight. But she competes at lightweight in the PFL, a division that has few world-class competitors.

The weight class doesn’t seem to be a problem, however. Cyborg responded to Nunes’ suggestion by claiming if Harrison won the PFL lightweight tournament, she would fight her at 155:

Cyborg is a big featherweight and would perhaps be best suited at lightweight, so it’s not that much of a surprise to hear her say this.

Here UFC contract ran out after her last fight, and it’s unclear if the UFC will re-sign her. She doesn’t really have a division to fight against if Nunes is truly down at featherweight. PFL might be willing to shell out the cash needed to sign Cyborg and book her against Harrison. It would be their biggest-ever fight by far.

Or, the UFC could sign Harrison as is most likely going to happen eventually anyway. By the time she’s ready to face Cyborg in the UFC, the former champ could be well out of her prime.

She could have a solid fight waiting for now if she does re-sign with the UFC. Megan Anderson claimed she would fight Cyborg for Nunes’ vacant featherweight title:

Again, a great fight, but really the only one the UFC has at women’s 145 pounds now that Nunes is officially leaving. Maybe they’ll be able to talk her into one last title defense. If not, Cyborg vs. Anderson is solid.

Cyborg vs. Harrison has a lot more to it, however, and Harrison still wants the fight after Cyborg’s loss.

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Midnight Mania! Watch Brock Lesnar Back in Training

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight Welcome to Midnight Mania!
It’s been half a year since Brock Lesnar jumped into the cage and shoved newly crowned heavyweight kingpin Daniel Cormier, flashing …

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

It’s been half a year since Brock Lesnar jumped into the cage and shoved newly crowned heavyweight kingpin Daniel Cormier, flashing decayed teeth as he cut a promo against the champion. The prospective bout with Cormier had a built-in roadblock, with Lesnar needing to finish out his USADA suspension for the anabolic steroids he was suspended for after UFC 200. (Mark Hunt is still angry about that, in case anyone was wondering). Six months on, its still unclear whether Lesnar will actually return to the cage. However, he did spend some time on the mats recently, which could be a good sign.

The skillset that brought Lesnar his fame and glory was developed in his college wrestling days. Now, Brock is back on the mats, practicing with Gable Stevenson at the University of Minnesota.

Could his motivation be to train for a bout with two-time Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier in the UFC’s Octagon? We will get our answer in 2019.


Insomnia

Alexander Volkanovski wins the ten-year challenge

Dana White’s entry was pretty funny too, courtesy of Michael Chiesa

Cub Swanson had a solid entry

Aljamain Sterling has stepped his beard game up

I never realized Angela Hill was an animator

This is the problem with superfights- the clog up the divisions every single time.

Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal is going to be an interesting staring contest

Lando Vannata drilling striking combinations

I don’t usually include John Danaher in Midnight Mania because he writes novels for captions, but something about the geometry in this triangle choke setup was aesthetically appealing.

Tony Ferguson needs to get his title shot in 2019, or we riot.

Anthony Pettis against Stephen Thompson seems like a mismatch, but Pettis is just here for the glory and the loot.

I love Dustin Poirier’s positive mentality.

Amanda Nunes was all over the place on Twitter today, but confirmed she seems to have no interest in a rematch with Cris Cyborg

Okay… what is going on with her account?

Megan Anderson says Nunes should be stripped if she won’t defend

Tatiana Suarez is the strawweight champion in waiting

Ben Askren and Kelvin Gastelum went back and forth on Twitter

I had never seen this incredible one-shot fight scene

Sumo has questionable decisions too

Ouch

On this note…

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

UFC Fight Night Cejudo vs. Dillashaw Brooklyn Odds, Betting Trends

In what is likely one of the final flyweight fights in UFC history, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw (16-3) is dropping down a division to challenge 125-pound champ Henry Cejudo …

In what is likely one of the final flyweight fights in UFC history, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw (16-3) is dropping down a division to challenge 125-pound champ Henry Cejudo …

Pic: Much Thinner ‘Cowboy’ Updates Weight Cut

Longtime UFC fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will make his return to 155 pounds this Saturday. Cerrone will take on rising contender Alexander Hernandez in the featured preliminary card bout of January 19’s UFC on ESPN+ 1 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. “Cowboy” has competed at 170 pounds since February 2016. In […]

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Longtime UFC fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will make his return to 155 pounds this Saturday.

Cerrone will take on rising contender Alexander Hernandez in the featured preliminary card bout of January 19’s UFC on ESPN+ 1 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. “Cowboy” has competed at 170 pounds since February 2016. In his last fight at lightweight, he was destroyed by then-champion Rafael dos Anjos.

He had an up-and-down tenure at 170 after storming out of the gates with four straight wins. “Cowboy” then lost three in a row. A rebound win over Yancy Medeiros followed, then a decision loss to Leon Edwards. Cerrone was last seen submitting Mike Perry in the co-main event of November’s UFC Denver. After the record-breaking win, he voiced his desire to move back to lightweight.

He’s doing so at the UFC’s historic debut on ESPN. And his weight cut back down, which was always a substantial one, seems to be going well. Cerrone apparently told MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn that he weighed 164 pounds. He looked thinner in the picture that accompanied it:

The UFC’s owner for most wins will have no easy task in ‘The Great.’ He’s not yet a mainstream star, but Hernandez has been nothing but dominant in the UFC. He debuted with a shocking first-round knockout of vet Beneil Dariush, then dominated Olivier Aubin-Mercier in his next bout.

While those are great competitors, it’s fair to say they aren’t even close to on the level of Cerrone. Brooklyn is a huge launching spot for Hernandez, and Cerrone doesn’t gain much if any ground in the standings with a win. But his mantra is anyone at anytime, and he’s proving that for the umpteenth time at UFC on ESPN+ 1.

His move back down to 155 pounds is currently on point. Will it affect him against a rising star like Hernandez?

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Amanda Nunes Tells Cyborg She’s Done With Featherweight For Good

Newly minted UFC two-division champ Amanda Nunes shocked the world when she knocked out Cyborg in the co-main event of December 29’s UFC 232. History was made and Nunes was the only women’s champ-champ. ‘The Lioness’ joined an exclusive club of Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier as the only simultaneous two-division champions in UFC history. […]

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Newly minted UFC two-division champ Amanda Nunes shocked the world when she knocked out Cyborg in the co-main event of December 29’s UFC 232.

History was made and Nunes was the only women’s champ-champ. ‘The Lioness’ joined an exclusive club of Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier as the only simultaneous two-division champions in UFC history.

The win also ranked her as arguably the greatest female fighter of all-time. That was a title Cyborg held almost unanimously before the bout. Cyborg hadn’t lost since her MMA debut in 2005, making Nunes’ dominant win all the more impressive. The longtime ruler of women’s MMA, Cyborg understandably campaigned for an immediate rematch. Nunes and her employer Dana White weren’t so hot on that prospect, however.

‘The Lioness’ teased that she wasn’t going to stay at featherweight either. She did so by posting a video of her struggling to fit into her old jeans. Tonight, she seemed to do so in a more serious manner when Cyborg continued to call her out. She also had a suggestion for Cyborg’s next fight.

Sorry Cristiane but I’m done with 145. My Goal was to be a double champ. But, now I can help you build the division. I got someone for you @Judo_Kayla is a true 145er”

Fight A Future Star?

Olympic medal-winning Judoka Harrison has recently transitioned into MMA in the Professional Fighters League (PFL). Harrison has fought at lightweight in the promotion. Winning three fights by finish last year, Harrison is one of women’s MMA’s fastest-rising contenders.

She has affirmed her desire to fight Cyborg remains despite the former featherweight champion’s violent loss to Nunes. As for the only female double champ, it appears she’ll be headed back to bantamweight for her next bout.

Cyborg’s contract with the UFC is up. She believes the promotion would be making a big mistake by not re-signing her. But she doesn’t have much of a division if Nunes isn’t going to grant her a rematch. It’s a compromising spot for a woman who was touted as the best ever only weeks ago. That’s how fast the MMA game can change. If Cyborg truly wants to face Harrison, she’ll have to wait or leave the UFC.

All of the sudden, it’s getting a bit confusing for a woman who could still be the best of all-time. She should have an opponent soon, however, and that could be Megan Anderson.

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Cyborg wants Nunes rematch or Megan Anderson at UFC 237

Cris Cyborg wants to keep building the UFC’s women’s featherweight division and has two potential fights in mind. Cris Cyborg experienced her first professional setback in 13 years at the hands of two-division champion Amanda Nunes. The fo…

Cris Cyborg wants to keep building the UFC’s women’s featherweight division and has two potential fights in mind.

Cris Cyborg experienced her first professional setback in 13 years at the hands of two-division champion Amanda Nunes. The former UFC women’s featherweight juggernaut now looks to build up the division she once demolished.

Cyborg has had a change of heart regarding her fight future since falling short to Nunes. In the past, Cyborg expressed interest in fighting out her UFC contract and migrating over to the world of professional boxing. Now Cyborg has her eyes firmly set on a contract extension with mixed martial arts’ number one promotion.

”I want to continue working. The UFC is a great platform to continue [building] my division. I think that even Amanda felt good at 145, other fighters have as well, because they don’t hurt (their bodies) that much, but that’s out of my control,” she told Brazilian outlet PVT (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “My manager will meet them and see what’s the next step, but if they decide to remove the division, I will definitely continue shining somewhere else, like I’ve always done. Let’s see what happens.”

Cyborg first and foremost wants a rematch with Nunes but agreed a potential bout with Megan Anderson at featherweight “would be a good fight.” That being said, she has no idea if the UFC “will invest in the division or not.”

”I don’t know what they will do moving forward. I will keep fighting no matter where I am. My fans love watching my fights,” she said. “If they decide to remove my division, and remove me from the UFC and let me go, I think the UFC would be losing with that, and the promotion that signs me would be winning. My fans follow me wherever I go. I’m very thankful because my fans are with me no matter if I win or lose.”

The recently dethroned featherweight titan even has a venue in mind for her next fight: May’s UFC 237 in Curitiba, Brazil. The event currently boasts Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade for the UFC women’s strawweight championship. Cyborg made her UFC debut vs. Leslie Smith at UFC 198 in Curitiba in May 2016.

“It was special for me. It was eight years after my last fight in Curitiba, it was my UFC debut, and everybody waited for that. It was really special,” she said of the fight with Smith. “I’m open to fighting in May in Curitiba. It could be a rematch with Amanda, but she said she wants to wait two years, or it could be with another opponent they want. Curitiba is my home. They have many athletes to sell out [the stadium] and put on a great event in Curitiba.”

“I asked for the rematch, but if it doesn’t happen, my life will continue. I will continue training and wait for my next fight. I lost my first fight and asked for a rematch, 13 years have passed and I never had it, and that didn’t stop my legacy,” said Cyborg, noting how the broken win streak is a weight off her shoulders. “I kept fighting.”

2019 is a year of rebuilding for Cyborg, whose 13 years of dominance was abruptly ended by Nunes in just 51 seconds at UFC 232.