Even after being the last-minute replacement, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino proved once again why she’s one of the most dominant women fighters of any era with a quick finish over Yana Kunitskaya.
But what’s next for Cyborg, especially since she’s been known to rebel against the UFC and Dana White?
Her win at UFC 222 on Saturday night made it 10 straight for the 32-year-old featherweight champion.
Following her victory, the Brazilian immediately called out her fellow Brazilian and bantamweight champ, Amanda Nunes.
“I am waiting for Amanda now,” Justino said. “She called me out, and I want to fight her. I just want to remind everyone that she called me out, and when you call out Cyborg, Cyborg will answer.”
With the lack of bankable women fighters, a game between two hard-hitters will surely draw pay-per-view interest.
Even Dana White had to agree that the fight between Cyborg and Nunes makes a lot of sense.
“The fight to make is her and Nunes,” the UFC president said. “She wants the fight, Nunes wants the fight, I want the fight, and I’m sure the fans want the fight.”
Both Justino and White seem to be playing nice with each other as the two butted heads many times in the past. The Brazilian mixed-martial artist has called out the UFC executive for failing to promote her division.
But according to MMA Fighting, the fact that Justino agreed on short notice to fight Kunitskaya means that she’s ready to become a team player, which would make it easier for White to match her in a high-profile bout like Nunes.
For her part, Nunes said that she’s open to fighting Justino this summer because the timing wasn’t right since she wanted to rest a little bit more and Justino wanted to go right away. But she added that Cyborg better be ready “to put on more muscle and be 100 percent ready for 145 (pounds).”