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Morning Report: Michael Bisping is ‘genuinely interested’ to see Amanda Nunes vs. Henry Cejudo

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After recently claiming the UFC bantamweight championship and rebranding himself “Triple C”, UFC flyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has made it clear he’s on a mission for even more gold. First, he called out the winner of this weekend’s Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar featherweight title fight. Then, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, Cejudo also said he was after Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes’ various women’s titles. But whether he was joking or not, there are some people that are actually interested in seeing that, recently minted UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping among them.

Talking on his Believe You Me podcast over the weekend, Bisping addressed Cejudo’s call out of Nunes, saying he actually he’d love to see the fight and that he might even bet on Nunes if it were to ever happen.

“He said he wants all the belts from 125 to 145 and that means the female belts as well, and I swear to god, I would love to see Cejudo vs. Amanda Nunes,” said Bisping. “I like it. I mean I’m not for a woman fighting a man or beating a man up. I like what he’s saying, but I kinda wanna see Nunes. I think I’d put my money on Nunes in that fight. I honestly would. I think I would put my money on Amanda Nunes in that fight.”

The battle of the sexes is an argument that has gone on for decades but rarely crosses over into combat sports, given the nature of the athletic competition. But every once in awhile it does, like during Ronda Rousey’s heyday when questions began to circulate about which male fighters Rousey could beat. Nunes is obviously a superior fighter to Rousey, and coming off back-to-back sensational first-round knockouts over Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm, she’s now elevated herself into that rarified status and given rise to the argument once again.

“Amanda Nunes knocks out Cyborg. Amanda Nunes knocks out Holly Holm,” Bisping said. “She knocks out Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey, f*cking Miesha Tate, the list goes on. She’s a bad woman. . .

“Fighting has weight classes. Henry Cejudo fights at 125. Amanda Nunes fights at 145 and 135. She’s the same size, if not bigger. She’s a bigger person. . . Henry Cejudo is 5 foot 4. Amanda Nunes is 5 foot 8. I’m not saying she’s thick, but she’s big. She’s bigger than Henry Cejudo. She has knockout power. I’ve seen Cyborg spar with men and dominate men. I have seen Cyborg in the gym rolling with men and beating men. And I have seen Amanda Nunes go out there and punch Cyborg in the face and knock her flat on her face in 51 seconds.”

Nunes recent wins have cemented her as the greatest female fighter of all time and also left Nunes without an obvious next step, but the likelihood that she would beat Cejudo or that the UFC would even indulge in such an event is slim. When questions about Rousey fighting men began to surface, Dana White was firmly against ever setting up something like that and there’s little chance his opinion has changed. Even Bisping acknowledges that it won’t happen and that, realistically, Cejudo would beat Nunes, but he also thinks everyone is underestimating just how much of a fight “The Lionness” could give to Cejudo and he still thinks it would be interesting to watch.

“I’m just saying. Of course I’m having fun with it and Cejudo would probably beat her but I’m saying Nunes would give him a fight,” Bisping concluded. “Nunes would give him a fight. Nunes would at least give him a fight.

“I actually am really curious to see that though. I’m really curious to see what the best female fighter on the planet – and I think it’s fair to say that Amanda Nunes is that by far – how she would cope with someone like Henry Cejudo, who makes 125. He’s naturally a smaller person – four inches shorter, a weight class ten pounds lighter or about the same weight class – I’d be kind of interested to see that. Not from a macabre viewpoint, not from a ‘let’s see a man beat up a woman,’ I’m just genuinely interested to see that. But anyway, that’s not gonna happen.”


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Beef. Jorge Masvidal blasts Leon Edwards after UFC on ESPN 4 callout.

Dismissal. Leon Edwards dismisses Jorge Masvidal, Ben Askren as ‘amateurs’.

Retirement. Tito Ortiz discusses decision to continue fighting under Combate Americas.

USADA. Melissa Gatto failed drug test before UFC 239.

Mayhem. Report: Jason Miller receives 1-year prison sentence for vandalism, violating protective order.


UFC 240 Countdown.

Fighters pick UFC 240.

This is a good little short film about MMA collectors.

Kang doing a Max-Aldo vid.

Dana saying he’d make Nunes-Claressa Shields boxing match.

Stipe on Brock.


6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC San Antonio.

Severe MMA. Discussing UFC San Antonio, UFC 240, and Irish MMA drama.


Jorge.

Lol.

Taking his loss.

Statement.

Sounds like a plan.

What a delight.

Arlovski.

Conor with the respect.

Also, Conor on Shane Lowry (for you golf heads).

Bryce Mitchell loves him some camo shorts.

This is something.

Fight poster.

Damn. I want some of these stickers.


Sijara Eubanks (4-3) vs. Bethe Correia (10-4-1); UFC Mexico City, Sept. 21.


A lot happened on Saturday obviously, but flying under the radar is how Andrei Arlovski looked the best he has in years. The dude has reinvented himself something like four times and keeps hanging around. He’s a legit Hall of Famer and I’ll be interested to see if he makes it in one day.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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