Arguably the biggest fight in the history of women’s MMA is set: Cris “Cyborg” Justino will defend her featherweight championship against bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas.
UFC president Dana White announced the matchup Wednesday to ESPN. Justino later confirmed the fight on her Instagram page.
?Nação Cyborg é Oficial Me desafiou e escolheu a data da luta! Te vejo dia 29 de dezembro! ?#Aba #CYBORGNATION #CYBORGVSNUNES •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ?Cyborg Nation Official You called me out. You picked the date. See you Dec 29th. #ufc232 #NaçãoCyborg
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Calls for the two best female fighters in the world to meet began when Justino destroyed Yana Kunitskaya by first-round TKO at UFC 222 and Nunes beat Raquel Pennington by unanimous decision at UFC 224.
Negotiations appeared to hit a roadblock in July when Justino said she had agreed to face Nunes at UFC 228 on Sept. 8 but Nunes displayed a signed agreement the same day for the bout to happen at UFC 232. In the end, Nunes got what she wanted.
Justino (20-1, one no-contest) is considered the best women’s fighter in the world; 18 of her victories have come via stoppage. She won the vacant featherweight title by third-round TKO over Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 in July 2017.
Nunes (16-4) will attempt to become the third fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously. She has won seven consecutive fights, including first-round stoppages over Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.