Cris "Cyborg" Justino and Amanda Nunes to fight in December

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The UFC is preparing to close out 2018 with a fight amongst the two best female fighters in the world.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN reported Wednesday that UFC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes have agreed to fight for Justino’s featherweight title at UFC 232 on Saturday, December 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena.

The fight has been rumored throughout the year with the two sides at odds over when the fight would take place with Nunes pushing for the end of the year and appearing to have received her wish.

The 33-year old Justino became the women’s featherweight champion in July 2017, defeating Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 for the vacant title, which was left idle after Germaine de Randamie opted not to defend the title. Cyborg has won championships in the UFC, Invicta FC, and Strikeforce and gone unbeaten since her pro debut in May 2005. She is regarded by most as the top female fighter in the industry.

Nunes became the women’s bantamweight champion in December 2016, stopping Ronda Rousey in 48 seconds at UFC 207 in Rousey’s last fight before leaving the sport. Nunes has won her last seven fights, most recently stopping Raquel Pennington this past May at UFC 224.

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While I am quickly growing tired of the “superfight”, I think this is the clear exception.

Amanda Nunes has no clear contenders (with all
due respect to Ketlen Vieira and Holly Holm), and the woman’s 145 division is comical at best. Cyborg has done pretty well on PPV, and this is far and away the most intriguing matchup of her career so this is really a fight where the timing is right, it’s exciting for the fans, profitable for the company, and the winner will solidify herself as the pound for pound queen of WMMA.

Still wondering about that 230 main event though…

Really shows how anemic these divisions are, ten again you could say that about damn near every division where their respective champions have to do these “superfights” which in turn keeps the divisions in limbo where would be contenders knock themselves out of competition because they have to take fights that isn’t advantageous to them. Used to be a guy with 3 big wins would get a title shot and we’d be psyched to see it…now it’s get 5-6 or who gives a shit…what about this old star who is 1-3 his last 4 fights?

I agree. Also the company doesn’t really have the “All-Star, Must-See” fighters on the roster anymore. They also put out way too many fight cards, which just saturated the content.