While many consider Amanda Nunes the greatest female mixed martial arts fighter of all time, Cris Cyborg disagrees.
Many consider UFC featherweight and bantamweight champion and current champion Amanda “The Lion” Nunes (22-5 MMA, 15-2 UFC) to be the best female fighter of all time after her first-round knockout of Cyborg at UFC 232 in December 2018. Cyborg’s 14-year win streak was ended by Nunes.
“You guys call Amanda GOAT, but man, she has more losses than me. She don’t stay 14 years undefeated,” Cyborg said.
“OK, I lost the fight (to) her, yeah, but it happens. You know, sometimes it’s not your day. Sometimes it happens. But the history, how long, it’s not just about one fight.”
Cyborg is the incumbent Bellator women’s featherweight champion, having successfully defended her title four times, but Nunes holds the head-to-head advantage.
After defeating Cyborg and winning the UFC featherweight championship, Nunes appeared to be unbeatable. In UFC 269, she was submitted by Julianna Pea, losing her bantamweight belt and ending her undefeated streak. At UFC 277 in July, she exacted her revenge on that defeat and won back her championship with ease.
Cyborg recently told MMA Junkie that she has no plans to return to the octagon. If Nunes stays with the UFC, Cyborg doesn’t expect a rematch to happen anytime soon.
“If Amanda Nunes gets out of the UFC, this rematch can happen,” Cyborg said.
“If she just continues in the UFC, it’s hard to happen. The UFC doesn’t like to pay the fighters.”