The prospect of a mammoth showdown between UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and the women’s bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes will happen. The Brazilians are not considered as rivals or enemies of any kind, but that will all change soon according to ATT coach Conan Silveira:
“People want to see it,” Silveira told MMAjunkie. “I think they have the best opportunity to leave their marks on history.”
“I believe for the [featherweight] division, Amanda is going to be extremely well-prepared,” he continued. “She’s not going to have to make the weight. She’s probably going to be strong in that division. I do believe the compensation (for) the strength that comes from Cyborg definitely will be the tools that Amanda has on her side. I think it’s the perfect fight. It’s a perfect match. It’s a champions fight – it’s something we don’t see happen often.”
“I think it’s not 100 percent, but 1,000 percent going to happen… I think it’s something everybody wants to see, even the ones that think they’re going to lose something. I just think it’s a champions fight. I think they need to have that fight. It’s a big push for MMA in general, females and males. People want to see it. I think they have the best opportunity to leave their marks on history.”
Silveira also believes that there is an opportunity for his fighter to carve her name into the history books with a win over Cyborg. Whats more, Nunes would become just the second fighter and first woman to hold two titles in separate weight classes with a victory. Having long been outspoken against the UFC’s perceived lack of promotional weight put behind her, Nunes’ stock would catapult if she managed to do what no other fighter has done in over 12 years and beat Cyborg.
“I believe that when you fight and you get to be a contender, it’s really hard. When you win and you become a champion, it’s even harder than that. But when you have a chance to leave your name in history, I think you have to do it. It’s something that’s good for everybody. If Cyborg was an American Top Team fighter, yeah, it really doesn’t make any sense. But still, I think the chance of what’s going to come from the fight is something only a few people have to do in life.”
In other news, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has sent a message to probable contender Rafael dos Anjos regarding his highly lauded victory over Robbie Lawler
That message is that he is not one bit impressed.
“The Chosen One” figures that the former lightweight champion’s inability to finish Lawler in their bout in December was ‘not impressive’:
“Was it a good performance?” Woodley told MMA Fighting. “If I had Robbie Lawler against the Octagon like that, would he have been alive or would he have been knocked the f*ck out? He’d have been knocked out.”
According to Woodley, dos Anjos is lacking the power necessary at welterweight:
“I just think when you come to this welterweight level, you’re dealing with a different type of power,” Woodley said. “I feel like strategically, those guys look good, because the idea of a good fight to fans is a teeter-tottering, back-and-forth war. But when you got a guy that’s known for his jiu-jitsu, leg kicks and takedowns and he doesn’t use those when those are there, it’s not that great of a performance.
“When you got Robbie against the Octagon and he’s throwing punches in bunches and he’s swinging, hitting elbows and hitting with MMA gloves, yeah he threw 100 punches, but how many actually landed? How many did significant damage? If I get Robbie against the cage, it’s gonna take a couple and he’s gonna go down. Put Stephen [Thompson] against the cage, it took a couple and he went down. Nate Marquardt. Anybody, in win or defeat, if I see the chin and I hit it, they go down.”
Woodley also recommended that Khabib Nurmagomedov forget about Tony Ferguson, and jumps the queue for a bout with McGregor:
“Let’s get some respect for this dude, because I don’t want [Khabib Nurmagomedov] storming in here trying to double leg my ass,” Woodley said during a recent appearance on The Hollywood Beatdown via TMZ Sports. “I’m gonna say something outlandish. ‘F’ Tony Ferguson right now. I think he jumps Tony Ferguson and he goes straight to Conor McGregor. Man, it was completely savage how he was whooping up on the homie Michael Johnson — which is a tough cookie — and was saying stop. When a man telling you to quit and give up in a fight, he’s on a whole ‘nother level.”