Amanda Nunes’ stretch of greatness continued at UFC 239 when she defeated former bantamweight champion Holly Holm in the first round.
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By defeating Holm, Nunes has now recorded wins against all former champions of the UFC women’s bantamweight division. Her resume now stands as the most impressive of any female mixed martial artist in the history of the sport.
One fighter named under Nunes’ list of accomplishments is none other than Cris Cyborg.
In December, Nunes made the move up to the featherweight division to challenge Cyborg for the UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship. The bantamweight champion came out with all guns blazing and leveraged her speed advantage over Cyborg to score a first-round, first-minute knockout victory.
It now seems like the two are destined to meet yet again.
“She [Nunes] wants the rematch with Cyborg next,” UFC president Dana White explained to
“We’ll see if Cyborg is up for that and if she wants to do that. And if not, there will be somebody else, there’s always somebody else.”
That somebody else could be either the winner of Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd or the undefeated Ketlen Vieira. The situation at bantamweight is complicated, however, as Nunes already has a win over de Randamie and Vieira has been missing from action since March 2018.
Cyborg’s currently scheduled to face Felicia Spencer in the co-main event of UFC 240, but that hasn’t stopped her from announcing her desire to face Nunes once again, as well.
If you want to know how the bookmakers see a potential rematch between Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg going down, you now can courtesy of Bovada.
- Amanda Nunes: -145
- Cristiane Justino: +115
Cyborg hasn’t been available as a betting underdog since 2008 when she faced Shayna Baszler at EliteXC: Unfinished Business. When Cyborg fought Nunes at UFC 232, she opened and closed at odds of -145. Nunes was available at +115.
If you’re not confident that Nunes and Cyborg will fight each other again this year, you can bet on that option as well.
- Nunes and Cyborg will fight in 2019: +110
- Nunes and Cyborg won’t fight in 2019: -150
Formerly the lead MMA Editor at RealSport.