UFC president Dana White is ready to kickoff 2018 after calling last year the most successful in company history.
And ahead of the new year inside of the Octagon, Cyborg is laying out some early plans for upcoming fights. During a recent interview with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sport, White said he plans to make a fight between women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and women’s bantamweight title holder Amanda Nunes.
“Amanda Nunes wants to fight Cyborg,” White said. “That is the fight to make, and that is the fight I will make. That’s the fight.
“Amanda Nunes is a big, strong, powerful puncher. I think she matches up very well with Cyborg too, and I think that’s a fun fight. And that’s the fight to make.”
Cyborg is fresh off of an impressive performance against Holly Holm at UFC 219 last weekend.
White also dished on what could be next for lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
While McGregor is the current title holder and Tony Ferguson is the interim champion, it looks like McGregor could remain on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.
According to White, if McGregor is ready to go in the spring, Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, who put on a dominant performance at the UFC’s year-end show, would face off with the winner taking on McGregor for the undisputed title.
However, if McGregor waits until fall to return, he will be stripped of the title and Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov would be for the 155-pound belt.
“As long as Conor is willing to fight by March, we could do Khabib vs. Tony … and then the winner fights Conor for the title,” White added. “Or, if Conor wants to sit out until next fall, then we’d have to make Khabib vs. Tony for the title – not the interim title.”
All options are intriguing for the UFC moving forward.
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