It took quite a while before the UFC was able to close the deal on the women’s featherweight title fight between Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes. Talks about the matchup have been going on since the start of the year through Nunes’ initial challenge, with Cyborg eventually getting impatient after nothing had been finalized seven months later.
Cyborg felt Nunes was prioritizing her personal life way too much at the time, instead of making the fight happen. When the said issue was brought up once again during the UFC 232 conference call on Thursday, it got into Nunes’ nerves quite a bit.
“That is not my problem!” Nunes told Cyborg (transcript via MMA Fighting). “You should have talked to UFC about that. You know what I mean? That is not my problem. They offer me the fight, I tell them, I have the time for, I am available for this time, and they take it. That is not my problem. You should have talked to UFC about that.”
Nunes holds Cyborg in such high regard, that she was not willing to just jump into a fight with an injured foot she sustained during her title bout against Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 in May.
“You a powerful fighter. You a strong fighter,” Nunes told Cyborg. “Do you think I come from my last fight about 135, I make weight 135. Do you think I’m going to step up to you if I’m not 100 percent? Let’s be honest. Let’s be honest right here.
“I said listen Dana White, I am not available to fight right now. I just make 135 I had injury, but maybe if she accept it at the end of the year, I’m going to be at 100 percent.”
Things were eventually sorted out and the two women will now vie for Cyborg’s 145-pound title at the co-main event of UFC 232 on December 29th. Cyborg says it will likely be her last fight in the UFC, given that her contract expires in March of the coming year.