The women’s featherweight championship showdown between Cris Cyborg and bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes may have a supporting bout just in case either one of them is unable to make it to fight night.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports that Cat Zingano vs. Megan Anderson is a matchup that UFC is looking to book for UFC 232, the same card as Cyborg vs. Nunes. Nothing is finalized, but Cyborg has been vocal about wanting a backup fight for this event, and she may get her wish. A lack of a backup plan for title fights in recent years has led to some criticism of the UFC, and it looks as if they’re addressing that issue.
Zingano (10-3) snapped a three-fight losing streak by defeating Marion Reneau at UFC Boise in July. The former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger has never competed at featherweight, but has campaigned for bouts at the weight class.
Anderson (8-3) is the former Invicta FC featherweight champion who finally made her UFC debut earlier this year. Unfortunately for the Australian, she was thoroughly dominated by Holly Holm and lost a unanimous decision. Prior to the defeat, Anderson had won four straight fights, all by TKO, including over the likes of Charmaine Tweet and Amber Leibrock.
UFC 232 takes place on December 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada and is headlined by a light heavyweight championship rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. This will be for the vacant belt, as Daniel Cormier will be stripped as soon as the fight actually happens.