News: Cris Cyborg unhappy with treatment by UFC – claims Amanda Nunes is lying about foot injury

It feels like we’ve spent a lifetime talking about the possibility of Amanda Nunes () stepping up to featherweight to face Cris Cyborg (20-1-0).

Just last week the two champions engaged in an online spat following Nunes tweeting a photo of her signing a bout agreement to face 145lb champ Cyborg in December. Cyborg however, feels this is simply too long to wait considering she hasn’t fought since emerging unscathed following a first round KO of Yana Kunitskaya back in March.

Nunes has made every effort to explain that she’s not avoiding facing Cyborg, she just needs more time to heal following an ongoing foot injury. Earlier this week the 135lb champion spoke with Ariel Helwani to clarify her position.

“This is definitely the fight that makes sense — for me, for her, for the UFC. We need some time to promote this fight. I still can’t kick very well. I still can’t run very well. I’m better, but I still need time for therapy.”

That explanation isn’t sitting very well with the UFC featherweight champion.

Taking to her Instagram account earlier today, a clearly upset Cyborg claimed that Hunter Campbell, the UFC’s general counsel, confirmed to her manager that Nunes is medically clear to fight.

“Amanda Nunes is lying about her injury. The UFC (HUNTER CAMPBELL) just informed my manager she is medically cleared!
I’m ready to fight now, I’m not injured and I am healthy and training!

The UFC is leaving me without a fight as punishment for something that feels personal. They gave Holly Holm a fight against Megan Anderson, the only other opponent in my weight class so I would be forced to sit. They are now refusing to sign Ediane Gomes, Cindy Dandois, or Pam Sorenson instead making me sit out one year of my prime.

I sell PPV’s and my fans like my fights. The UFC is forcing me to lose a year of my prime sitting on the sidelines to face an opponent already cleared to fight now!
Cyborg Nation let the UFC know you want me to fight this summer!”

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🚨 Nacao Cyborg 🚨 Estou pronta para lutar agora, não estou lesionada estou saudável e treinando! A Amanda está falando para o mundo inteiro que está lesionada… acabei de saber que ela está liberada pelo médico para lutar. ( em breve vou receber a carta colocarei para todos ver). O @ufc está me deixando sem lutar me punindo por algo que não sei, será algo pessoal? Eu vendo PPW , meus fans gostam das minhas lutas. “Uma injustiça ! Querem me prejudicar no auge da minha carreira. “ Me deixando sem lutar quase um ano. 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 Vamos a luta Nação Cyborg um por todos, todos por um! #FREECYBORG Abram as portas para que entre a nação justa, a nação que se mantém fiel. Isaías 26:2 ============================ 🚨 Cyborg Nation 🚨 Amanda Nunes is lying about her injury. The UFC (HUNTER CAMPBELL) just informed my manager she is medically cleared! I'm ready to fight now, I'm not injured and I am healthy and training! The @ufc is leaving me without a fight as punishment for something that feels personal. They gave Holly Holm a fight against Megan Anderson, the only other opponent in my weight class so I would be forced to sit. They are now refusing to sign Ediane Gomes, Cindy Dandois, or Pam Sorenson instead making me sit out one year of my prime. I sell PPV’s and my fans like my fights. The UFC is forcing me to lose a year of my prime sitting on the sidelines to face an opponent already cleared to fight now! Cyborg Nation let the UFC know you want me to fight this summer! #ufc228 #ufcfn137 •••#FREECYBORG••• … Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. Isaiah 26: 2

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Not only is Cyborg unhappy with being left waiting for the fight with Nunes, she also points out that the UFC appear extremely reluctant to build a competitive 145lb division around her. In the statement above, she specifically references the UFC’s failure to included noted featherweights Cindy Dandois, Ediane Gomes and Pam Sorenson, all of whom tried out, unsuccessfully, for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

At 33-years-old, Cyborg points out that she is sitting idle in what she considers to be her prime, something which seems unimaginable in most other UFC divisions. Undefeated in 20 fights, the Brazilian appears to genuinely want to be challenged by the very best in her weight class but finds herself facing a steady parade of top end 135lb fighters stepping up a weight class.

With speculation rife regarding Cyborg’s future with the UFC and rumours of a possible move to Bellator in the near future, it’s looking increasingly likely that the UFC will end up losing the most dominant 145lb fighter of all time to their closest rival.

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