Cris Cyborg And Dana White Already Agree On Her Next Opponent

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Though Cris Cyborg was called out by a true featherweight following her dismantling of newcomer Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 on Saturday, the 32-year-old champion and promotion president Dana White already agree regarding whom she should fight next.

And yes, it’s another bantamweight who won’t be able to hang with Cyborg in the 145-pound division: Amanda Nunes, who’ll look for her third title defense in her weight class at UFC 224 in May.

“[Nunes is] going to fight now, defend her title belt in Brazil in May, I think, and then probably I’m going to fight in July if she wins and is the champion,” Cyborg said after her UFC 222 victory. “And now she’s calling me out, I’m not calling Amanda out. She’s calling me out. And yeah, I could fight her in July.”

White is similarly excited about the champion-vs.-champion bout: “[Cyborg’s] a beast. The fight to make is her and Nunes. That’s the fight that needs to happen. Nunes wants the fight, she wants the fight, I want the fight, I’m sure the fans want to see it, too, so we’ll get that one going.”

Following Cyborg’s second defense of the featherweight title, she was called out by Invicta featherweight champion Megan Anderson.

Anderson and Cyborg were once briefly set to fight at UFC 214 before the Australian pulled out due to a personal issue. She hasn’t fought since January 2017, when she claimed her fourth consecutive victory.

Standing at six feet, the 29-year-old has four inches on Cyborg, and even more than that in reach. Anderson may be one of the few fighters on the planet physically qualified to even be in the octagon with Cyborg.

Hopefully White realizes this, and will start to get serious about the women’s featherweight division after collecting on an anticipated all-Brazilian champ-vs.-champ fight.