Cris Cyborg Turns Down Nunes Fight, Wants The UFC To Sign All These Girls Instead

UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg added another victory to her record on Saturday night, Dec. 30, as the fighter faced off against former bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 219. Following the title holder’s decision victory over Holm, the reigning UFC bantamweight champion has decided to call out Cyborg. Now Cyborg has decided to offer a response, but perhaps not the reaction many fight fans were expecting. Turning down the Nunes fight opportunity, Cyborg wants the UFC to sign these girls instead.

Cris Cyborg makes a successful title defense against Holly Holm at UFC 219.

UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has come forward to challenge Cris Cyborg for her title. However, Cyborg has now gone to social media to explain that she is currently interested in facing “a real contender.” As a result, the featherweight champion would like for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to consider adding a selection of featherweight fighters to their roster.

Cris Cyborg landing a hard strike to Holly Holm at UFC 219.

Taking to Instagram, Cyborg stated:

“Just because the girls fighting at 145 have not been signed to the UFC does not mean there are no girls in that weight class!

“like me these girls have spent years helping build the sport for all women, and now that the UFC has a Featherweight division they deserve the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage.

“Fans are tired of seeing me fight smaller Bantamweight fighters who are always being forced to move up in weight to face me and want me to fight a real Featherweight who has actually been fighting at that weight class.

UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg isn't happy with her UFC paycheck and is demanding she get paid like former UFC star Miesha Tate.

“In order for MMA to grow as a Sport and not just Entertainment the World Rankings have to be established and respected.
The girls who continued fighting at 145 instead of abandoning the division for Bantamweight deserve and have earned their rankings with wins In the division and one of them deserves a chance at the World Championship.

“It has been two years since I have had to defend my World Title at 145lbs Against the #1 available contender at that weight…in order for this division to grow…those girls have to know that once they become the best at 145 they will earn a chance at the World Championship.
It is because of this I want my next fight to be against a real contender with wins in the Featherweight Division Within the last year.

“Fighting shouldn’t be a popularity contest, it should be a sport.”

Check out the collection of competitors Cyborg has decided to offer a shout out in the Instagram post below:

Just because the girls fighting at 145 have not been signed to the UFC does not mean there are no girls in that weight class! like me these girls have spent years helping build the sport for all women, and now that the UFC has a Featherweight division they deserve the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage. Fans are tired of seeing me fight smaller Bantamweight fighters who are always being forced to move up in weight to face me and want me to fight a real Featherweight who has actually been fighting at that weight class. In order for MMA to grow as a Sport and not just Entertainment the World Rankings have to be established and respected. The girls who continued fighting at 145 instead of abandoning the division for Bantamweight deserve and have earned their rankings with wins In the division and one of them deserves a chance at the World Championship. It has been two years since I have had to defend my World Title at 145lbs Against the #1 available contender at that weight…in order for this division to grow…those girls have to know that once they become the best at 145 they will earn a chance at the World Championship. It is because of this I want my next fight to be against a real contender with wins in the Featherweight Division Within the last year. Fighting shouldn’t be a popularity contest, it should be a sport. 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 Só porque as meninas que lutam em 145 não foram assinadas para o UFC não significa que não há meninas naquela classe de peso! Como eu, essas meninas passaram anos ajudando a construir o esporte para todas as mulheres, e agora que o UFC tem uma divisão de peso pluma, eles merecem a oportunidade de lutar no maior palco. Os fãs estão cansados ​​de me ver lutando contra lutadores de peso menores que sempre estão sendo forçados a subir de peso para me encarar e querem que eu lute com um verdadeiro peso pena que realmente lutou naquela classe de peso. Para que o MMA cresça como um esporte e não apenas o Entretenimento, os Rankings mundiais devem ser estabelecidos e respeitados. As meninas que continuaram lutando em 145 em vez de abandonar a divisão de Bantamweight merecem e ganhar sua oportunidade.

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