UFC strawweight contender Jessica Andrade will root for Cris Cyborg should a superfight against UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes ever occurs.
UFC women’s strawweight contender Jessica Andrade has chosen her side should a superfight between women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes ever take place.
Even though both champions are Brazilians, just like Andrade, Jessica was not too happy to learn Amanda Nunes was cheering for Andrade’s opponent and Amanda’s teammate at American Top Team, Tecia Torres, during her last bout, on February 24.
“I could see Amanda cheering for Tecia, in English, during my fight.” Jessica told AG Fight. “The fight started and I heard she (Torres) had Raquel Pennington in her corner, but there was another voice over there. When I looked at the Octagon’s side, it was Amanda Nunes. So I was like ‘Oh, okay, she’s cheering for her’. I don’t care, but she’s a champion, she needs to lead by example and get a hold of herself. She knows me. I’m her friend, or at least I thought she was.
“She was yelling the whole fight. If you’re going to cheer against someone from your own country, at least contain yourself. Tecia took my back and she (Amanda) stood up. When I reversed the position, she got mad. I don’t intend to fight her. Amanda will fight Cyborg and she’ll get what’s coming to her. I’m sad to know there are Brazilians who don’t cheer for me. Her woman (Nina Ansaroff) is in my weight class, maybe we’ll meet some time and maybe I’ll take it out on her.”
In Jessica’s opinion, Nunes should not challenge Cris Cyborg’s title and should eye another superfight, for the strawweight title, since that division’s champion, Rose Namajunas, is not a Brazilian.
“I think Amanda got ahead of herself when she asked for the Cyborg fight. She could’ve asked for the strawweight champion, who’s not a Brazilian. She could win two belts and would still be quite the accomplishment. But no, she wanted to fight Cyborg. You might have confidence and want to fight the best, but I think she messed up big time. I was pissed off when I heard about it. I’m huge fan of Cris’. It’s horrible to have two Brazilians fighting each other, but it’ll be good for Amanda to have her ass kicked and be put back in her place by Cris.”
Andrade is coming off a unanimous decision win over Torres, which puts her in line for a title shot against the Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk 2 winner.