UFC 232 is still almost two months away, but excitement is starting to build for the year-end PPV card. Jon Jones will make his return (again) in a long awaited rematch against Alexander Gustafsson for the main event. But, the co-main is set to be a spectacle all its own. A true MMA ‘superfight’ between featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
The two women squared off during UFC 230 fight week, following a press conference featuring Jones, Gus, Cyborg, and Nunes. Before they got a chance to size one another up, however, the longtime queen of the women’s 145 lb division gave some insight into just how she feels she can beat her fellow Brazilian opponent (transcript via MMA Fighting).
“I train for everything, I have five rounds,” Cyborg said at Friday’s UFC 232 press conference in New York City. “I watch a couple fights with Amanda and I know she like to do pressure but she doesn’t like when fighters put pressure on her. I’m the pressure. When she puts her best punch on me. I’m gonna be the pressure. She’s going to feel that.”
Cyborg also noted the lengths she feels Nunes has gone to draw out a potential fight between them. Despite the bout being teased as far back as January, both women ended up facing other opponents earlier this year, and have spent the last several months sitting and waiting.
“Let’s do this,” Cyborg said. “Let’s see. You need nine months to train for that. Keep work hard, and make sure you’ll be there, because last time, you pull out before fights. Make sure you’re going to be there. I’ll believe when you’re in the cage, be in the cage and close the door, I know you’re going to be there. I hear this story before, to wait, and then don’t fight.”
UFC 232 takes place on December 29th in Las Vegas, NV at the T-Mobile Arena. The card is also expected to include a women’s featherweight bout between Cat Zinagano and Megan Anderson, as well as a light heavyweight contest between Ilir Latifi and Corey Anderson. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and updates as the event approaches.