This may well be the fight that every MMA fan in the world want to see because on one hand there is Cris Cyborg, the most fearful and the current UFC Women's Featherweight champion and on other we have Amanda Nunes, the current UFC Women's Bantamweight champion.
But as is always the case with all the supposed-to-be or once-in-a-decade kind of fights, they take time to take place and before that there are always innumerous incidents where both the fighters throw jelly-beans at each other.
That’s what is going on between Cyborg and Amanda these days. They are talking and talking and trash-talking against each other, while there are no immediate clues when or where the actual fight will take place.
The featherweight queen recently defended her title with a unanimous decision win over Holly Holm at UFC 219, and Nunes and her team have been campaigning for a super fight ever since.
Aside from a tweet saying that a fight with Cyborg is what “everyone wants to see and a fight where we can both leave our marks on this sport,” Nunes has not talked publicly about the topic. American Top Team coach Conan Silveira has been the one doing the talking in the media about it, and Cyborg is not happy about it.
First of all, I have nothing personal against @criscyborg I do believe it is the fight that everyone wants to see and a fight where we can both leave our marks on this sport.
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 6, 2018
In a statement released to MMA Fighting on Thursday, Cyborg, who was hoping to face a featherweight next, attacked Silveira and the idea that she has to fight Nunes next.
What do I think about Conan Silveira saying I need the fight against Amanda Nunes to leave my name in history?
I think it is a joke that Conan says I need the fight against Amanda Nunes to leave my mark on the sport. He is one of the biggest ‘creonte’ [how Carlson Gracie called fighters who switched teams] in the history of Brazilian MMA. You are talking about a guy who took everything Brazil taught him and sold it to the American’s [sic] for nothing. In Brazil, martial arts is about respect, rivalry, competition, and honor.
When Chute Boxe was fighting Brazilian Top Team in Japan, they didn’t need the coaches to grab the microphone and give interviews for the fighters. Conan doesn’t stand for honor and respect, he is loyal to whoever is going to pay him the most money. That is why Conan didn’t stand with Master (Ricardo) Liborio, because the Americans are paying him too much money to care about his students calling everyone in Brazil trash and filthy animals.
Imagine if Colby Covington acted the way he does and then went to train with the old school legends of BTT. Do you think Alan Goes, Nogueira and Ricardo Arona would have let him disrespect an entire country like that? Conan will stand with whatever team is willing to pay him the most money, and that will always be his legacy in the sport.
The day Dan Lambert stops paying his salary is the day he will stop representing American Top Team and put his legacy back up for sale, except this time Brazil will remember.
Silveira didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment. We will update if he decides to discuss the situation.