For the first time in Women’s MMA, a Super Fight is set to happen between Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg. After months of talks, Cyborg is set to put her 145-pound title on the line at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Nunes (16-4 MMA, 9-1 UFC) figures to be the biggest challenge Cyborg (20-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) has faced in years. Cyborg is riding an unprecedented decade of dominance, remaining undefeated since her MMA debut thirteen years ago and winning championships in Strikeforce, Invicta, and the UFC.
The 33-year-old Cyborg aims for her third UFC title defense. She most recently TKO’d Yana Kunitskaya in the first round at UFC 222 in March. Prior to that she won a unanimous decision against Holly Holm in December.
Nunes, 30, will look to become the first women’s champ-champ in UFC history. She’s currently on a seven-fight winning streak that dates back to March 2015. Since winning the bantamweight title from Miesha Tate in July 2016, Nunes has defended it three times – against Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko last year, and Raquel Pennington in May.
Although both are Brazilian, they don’t really bother with submissions. Cyborg is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Andre Galvao. She is also frequently spotted alongside top-level BJJ players, ranging from Gabi Garcia to Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles. Cris probably has some solid submission tools in her arsenal, but the numbers speak for themselves: 20 wins, 17 by knockout and 0 by submission.
Nunes is essentially the same case. Despite her being a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and winning the UFC title via rear-naked choke, the Lioness looks to end fights with punches far more often than not. Amanda has 16 wins, 11 by knockout and only 3 by submission.
We expect this fight to be a straight up brawl but our prediction is that Cris Cyborg defeats Amanda Nunes by unanimous decision.
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