Cris Cyborg Believes Amanda Nunes ‘Quit’ At UFC 269

Cris CyborgCris Cyborg is of the opinion that Amanda Nunes gave up during her bantamweight title fight with Julianna Pena at UFC 269 this past weekend. ‘The Lioness’ surrendered her 135lb title one of the biggest upsets in MMA history against Pena who scored a second-round submission win during the final UFC pay-per-view of 2021 Nunes […]

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Cris Cyborg is of the opinion that Amanda Nunes gave up during her bantamweight title fight with Julianna Pena at UFC 269 this past weekend.

‘The Lioness’ surrendered her 135lb title one of the biggest upsets in MMA history against Pena who scored a second-round submission win during the final UFC pay-per-view of 2021

Nunes has faced plenty of criticism for failing to perform despite being the -1000 favourite heading into the fight. Joe Rogan and Chael Sonnen have both publicly criticized the GWOAT for the manner of her defeat.

Cyborg is the latest MMA personality to call out Nunes after UFC 269. The Bellator featherweight champion thinks Nunes quit in the fight as she has done in previous bouts.

“You know, I was not surprised. I (picked) Julianna Peña because the five losses for Amanda Nunes, four were the same style as Julianna Peña,” Cyborg told Fanatics View. “And before, we knew Amanda Nunes danger is in the beginning, in the first round. If you pass the first round with her, you can get in the fight. We knew this. Of course, when you fight her, you go fire to fire and that happens, you know, what happened.

“We knew that when she goes past the first round, she sees she cannot finish you, so she’s either gonna run away or quit on the floor or something, and this is what happened for Julianna Peña.”

Cris Cyborg Says Julianna Pena Didn’t Have A Submission Locked In

“I don’t feel like Julianna did any sort of submission because she didn’t have a submission the way she finished the fight,” Cyborg said. “I feel like Amanda Nunes, at one point, she sees she cannot finish, and Julianna Peña continued going forward and she tapped, but (Peña) didn’t have any submission… I don’t know what was passing through her mind in the second round ’cause when you’re gonna fight for the title, you’re ready for seven rounds, and that was the second.

“I feel like Julianna did very good jabs. In the second round, Amanda wanted to finish the fight, to KO her as fast as she can, but Julianna was keeping her on the jab. The jab really opened a lot of doors for Julianna,” Cyborg continued. “The reality is when they stopped the fight, I didn’t think they’d finished the fight because she didn’t have a submission there, and I didn’t see the tap, too… I believe Amanda, I don’t know what passed through her mind there, but I believe she quit at that time.” (Transcribed by MMA News)

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Cris Cyborg Was “Not Surprised” Julianna Peña Upset Amanda Nunes

Despite many perceiving it to be the biggest upset in UFC history, Bellator champion Cris Cyborg wasn’t surprised to see Julianna Peña beat Amanda Nunes at UFC 269.

Closing the year in style at 2021’s final pay-per-view, Peña shocked the world insi…

Cris Cyborg, Amanda Nunes & Julianna Peña

Despite many perceiving it to be the biggest upset in UFC history, Bellator champion Cris Cyborg wasn’t surprised to see Julianna Peña beat Amanda Nunes at UFC 269.

Closing the year in style at 2021’s final pay-per-view, Peña shocked the world inside Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena by dethroning the “Lioness.” Ahead of the clash, not many were giving “The Venezuelan Vixen,” who entered the contest off the back of two wins and two losses in her previous four fights, much of a chance.

The general consensus was that Nunes, a dominant two-division champion who hadn’t lost since 2014, was on a 12-fight win streak and had beaten the likes of Valentina Shevchenko, Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and Holly Holm, would shut Peña’s confidence down in emphatic fashion.

Instead, the underdog took the fight to Nunes on the feet before taking the Brazilian down and submitting her in the second round. The debate over whether it’s surpassed upsets like Matt Serra’s win against Georges St-Pierre and Holm’s victory over Rousey will rage on, but it’s certainly up there with the most shocking moments in UFC history.

Cyborg Believes Peña Made Nunes “Quit”

But one person who was not at all surprised was former UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg. The Brazilian, who now competes under the promotional banner of Bellator MMA, knew Peña had what it takes and predicted an upset last weekend.

Speaking about the result in an interview with Combat Sports on Fanatics View, Cyborg explained why she expected “The Venezuelan Vixen” to get the job done on December 11, a feat that Cyborg failed to accomplish herself in 2018.

“You know, I was not surprised. I (picked) Julianna Peña because the five losses for Amanda Nunes, four were the same style as Julianna Peña. And before, we knew Amanda Nunes danger is in the beginning, in the first round. If you pass the first round with her, you can get in the fight. We knew this. Of course, when you fight her, you go fire to fire and that happens, you know, what happened.

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“We knew that when she goes past the first round, she sees she cannot finish you, so she’s either gonna run away or quit on the floor or something, and this is what happened for Julianna Peña.”

Despite praising the newly-crowned champ’s ability to bring the fight to Nunes and force her into a position she hadn’t been in since 2014, Cyborg also questioned the fight-ending sequence. According to the 36-year-old, Peña didn’t have a submission locked in when the “Lioness” tapped out. Echoing the thoughts of many, the Bellator featherweight titleholder believes Nunes “quit.”

“I don’t feel like Julianna did any sort of submission because she didn’t have a submission the way she finished the fight. I feel like Amanda Nunes, at one point, she sees she cannot finish, and Julianna Peña continued going forward and she tapped, but (Peña) didn’t have any submission… I don’t know what was passing through her mind in the second round ’cause when you’re gonna fight for the title, you’re ready for seven rounds, and that was the second.

“I feel like Julianna did very good jabs. In the second round, Amanda wanted to finish the fight, to KO her as fast as she can, but Julianna was keeping her on the jab. The jab really opened a lot of doors for Julianna. The reality is when they stopped the fight, I didn’t think they’d finished the fight because she didn’t have a submission there, and I didn’t see the tap, too… I believe Amanda, I don’t know what passed through her mind there, but I believe she quit at that time.”

With Nunes’ reign atop the bantamweight mountain now over, the debate over who is the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time has now been re-ignited.

While the consensus had been that Nunes’ form and prior victory over Cyborg had her ahead, a portion of the MMA community believes the elder Brazilian, whose setback against the “Lioness” is the only blemish on her record since her MMA debut loss in 2005, holds the GOAT title.

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Cris Cyborg Says She’s Grateful For Amanda Nunes Loss

Cris Cyborg is grateful for the last fight she had in the UFC.

Cris Cyborg is doing great things in Bellator. She is the reigning champ and is putting on amazing performances. For those who might think leaving the UFC was a bad idea, Cyborg disagre…

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Cris Cyborg is grateful for the last fight she had in the UFC.

Cris Cyborg is doing great things in Bellator. She is the reigning champ and is putting on amazing performances. For those who might think leaving the UFC was a bad idea, Cyborg disagrees. She has been reflecting back on her time with the UFC lately and seems to be happy with the direction her career has taken.

Speaking with MMA Fighting’s Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca, Cyborg spoke about a few topics relating to her time with the UFC. Although she recently explained that she never really felt accepted there she felt blessed by the chance she had.

Cyborg’s last fight in the organization was a loss to Amanda Nunes where she lost the featherweight belt. Looking at that fight it could be seen as a blemish on her record, but Cyborg sees it differently.

“Everybody says, ‘Oh Cris, but the Amanda Nunes fight,’ and whatever. In fact, I’m not upset with that fight,” Cyborg said. “That fight happened the way it had to. After that fight happened, it opened a door for other things. I believe I would have stayed in the UFC if I had won that fight, or maybe I’d leave, maybe something would change, but I wouldn’t have what I have right now, and I really think I left [the UFC] to be blessed. I’m very happy.”

Since joining Bellator, Cyborg has won the belt and defended it three times. She is on a roll and looks to stay on top for a while. Her last win was a few weeks ago over Sinead Kavanagh in Florida. She might have her next test set ahead of her already as she has accepted a call out from fellow former UFC fighter Cat Zingano. As for Nunes, she has is still holding the UFC featherweight belt.

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Cris Cyborg Reflects On UFC Tenure, ‘I Was Never Welcomed From The Start’

Cris Cyborg is happy with her new home at Bellator and has no regrets about her time with the UFC.

Cris Cyborg is fresh off her third Bellator title defense. She is dominating in Bellator and she seems to be at her best. Cyborg has had a long MMA c…

Cris Cyborg is happy with her new home at Bellator and has no regrets about her time with the UFC.

Cris Cyborg is fresh off her third Bellator title defense. She is dominating in Bellator and she seems to be at her best. Cyborg has had a long MMA career and shows no sign of slowing down. She recently took some time to reflect on her time with the UFC.

“I’m grateful to the UFC for the opportunity, but the fire in my heart was going out there,” Cyborg told AG Fight. It was too uncomfortable, too disrespectful. Bellator put more firewood, I’m happier, I fight more. I have no problem outside (the cage), working with Scott (Coker) is cool, respects the athletes. You have to give yourself respect to be respected. I always respected where I was, but I wasn’t reciprocated in the same way.”

Cyborg joined the UFC after years of longing to do so. She was a force to be reckoned with while she was champion at Invicta FC. At the time many people were calling for Cyborg to come to the UFC and face Ronda Rousey, however, they were not in the same weight class.

After a few catchweight fights, the UFC created the featherweight division and Cyborg eventually won the title. Her tenure there ended with some bad blood between herself and Dana White, so she made the move to Bellator.

“I don’t regret (going to the UFC). I learned a lot in the UFC, it was one more thing to conquer, and being there was something very important. But I already went to the UFC being ‘Cyborg’, the UFC didn’t make me there. I arrived made. I was never welcomed from the start, but my fans campaigned and achieved this along with me. I had good moments.”

Now that she has settled into a rhythm in Bellator, Cyborg is looking to stay as active as possible. She has just defeated Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 271 a few weeks ago and might have her next opponent all lined up. She has been called out by fellow UFC alum Cat Zingano, to which Cyborg has accepted. With such a dominant career, it is no wonder she is on the top of many peoples, greatest of all-time list.

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Cris Cyborg Says Leaving The UFC Saved Her MMA Career

Cris CyborgCris Cyborg believes leaving the UFC to join Bellator was a pivotal moment in her MMA career. The Brazilian knockout artist made her long-awaited UFC debut in 2016, scoring a first-round win against Leslie Smith. Cyborg picked up the featherweight title and three more wins before falling short against Amanda Nunes. The 36-year-old bounced back […]

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Cris Cyborg believes leaving the UFC to join Bellator was a pivotal moment in her MMA career.

The Brazilian knockout artist made her long-awaited UFC debut in 2016, scoring a first-round win against Leslie Smith.

Cyborg picked up the featherweight title and three more wins before falling short against Amanda Nunes.

The 36-year-old bounced back from that defeat with a dominant win over Felicia to finish out her contract with the UFC.

Dana White announced that the UFC had no intention of renewing Cyborg’s contract and that she was free to negotiate with other promotions. The 36-year-old subsequently joined Bellator and she couldn’t be happier with how things have played out.

“I’m grateful to the UFC for the opportunity, but the fire in my heart was going out there,” Cyborg told AG Fight. “It was too uncomfortable, too disrespectful. Bellator put more firewood, I’m happier, I fight more. I have no problem outside (the cage), working with Scott (Coker) is cool, respects the athletes. You have to give yourself respect to be respected. I always respected where I was, but I wasn’t reciprocated in the same way”, she said, adding.

Cris Cyborg Has No Regrets About Signing With The UFC

Although things didn’t quite work out Cyborg insists that she has no regrets about signing for the UFC, as she learned a lot during her time with MMA’s premier promotion.

“I don’t regret (going to the UFC). I learned a lot in the UFC, it was one more thing to conquer and being there was something very important,” Cyborg said. “But I already went to the UFC being ‘Cyborg’, the UFC didn’t make me there. I arrived made. I was never welcomed from the start, but my fans campaigned and achieved this along with me. I had good moments.”

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Cris Cyborg Not Considering Retirement: ‘This Is What I Love To Do’

Cris Cyborg has no plans of retiring anytime soon.

Cyborg is the current Bellator featherweight champion and has been dominant since joining the promotion. Although she is the champ, she has practically cleaned out the division and is not in compet…

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Cris Cyborg has no plans of retiring anytime soon.

Cyborg is the current Bellator featherweight champion and has been dominant since joining the promotion. Although she is the champ, she has practically cleaned out the division and is not in competitive fights. Yet, for Cyborg, she says she is always looking to improve and is not getting complacent with her wins.

“I always like to learn, I never stop learning,” Cyborg told MMA Junkie. “I never think I’m the best at everything. I never think there’s nothing to learn, I think this makes the difference. I always respect my opponent. I always like to learn in training. So, I think this is the thing – it’s discipline. I know I have a lot of discipline.”

Even though Cyborg is still training and improving, the champ says she has nothing left to prove. She has already been a UFC, Bellator, Invicta FC, and Strikeforce featherweight champ.

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Despite the fact she is 36 years old and has nothing left to prove, Cyborg has no plans of retiring.

“For me now, I don’t feel like I have to fight to prove anything,” Cyborg explained. “I really fight because I love my job and it’s an opportunity to share my faith and continue to my community work, my missionary work. This is what I love to do and share my faith with my fans. If one time I feel in my heart, if God tells me, ‘Cris, it’s now time to change,’ then for sure, I’m going to change.

“I’m happy to compete now, and for sure in the future I want to have my kid too,” Cyborg said. “But I’m really happy in the moment. I’m not thinking about this (retirement) yet, I just continue training and be ready for the next one.”

Cris Cyborg is coming off a TKO win over Sinead Kavanagh in the main event of Bellator 271. Her next fight has not been announced or reported, though she has publicly agreed to fight Cat Zingano next.

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