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Cyborg vs. Nunes scheduled for UFC 232

The UFC has officially announced a Superfight between reigning women's champions Cris Justino and Amanda Nunes.

The mega bout will be the first women's fight in UFC history that features two reigning champions pitted against one another.

This was first reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN.

The bout has been discussed frequently in the last year and has not materialized until now.

Justino (20-1) has steamrolled through the featherweight division and has not necessarily been challenged since suffering her only loss in her professional debut in 2005.

Cyborg has gone 20-0 since that loss and has competed in several organizations including Elite XC, Strikeforce, and Invicta before finally competing in the UFC.

Santos is 5-0 in the UFC and holds victories over former champion Holly Holm, Tonya Evinger, and most recently, Yana Kunitskaya, at UFC 222.

Santos, 33, was somewhat reluctant to take the bout against a fellow Brazilian, but Nunes kept calling out the champion and Cyborg obliged.

Nunes (16-4) has been on a notable streak of her own. She is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak.

Nunes dominated Miesha Tate at UFC 200 to capture the title and escorted women's MMA pioneer Ronda Rousey into retirement with a thrashing of the superstar at UFC 207.

Rousey now competes in the WWE and "won" her first championship this past weekend at Summerslam.

Nunes has also successfully defended her title against Valentina Shevchenko and Raquel Pennington.

Nunes, 30, would become the first woman in UFC history to hold championships in two weight classes if she were to defeat Santos.

Nunes' bantamweight title will not be on the line for the bout scheduled for Dec. 29 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 

The terms "Superfight" and one could even argue, "Champ, champ", have been somewhat exhausted recently but this is a fight that could actually live up to the billing.

 

 

 

Alex Solano